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Eli Beamlines in Prague, The Czech Republic by Bogle Architects
September 4th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Bogle Architects
This international research and technology facility for high-powered laser experimentation is funded by The European Commission, the first of three research centres to be built within the EU.
Bogle Architects won the ELI Beamlines commission in international competition and were the lead designers of the project from concept design through to authorship review. ELI Beamlines won the ‘Best industrial & logistics development’ MIPIM Award 2016 as well as the coveted Czech Grand Prix Prize.
The European Commission part funded the construction of the centre, which was completed in December 2015. Representatives of the international scientific community, ESFRI, the ELI Delivery Consortium and key partners from the Czech Government all attended the opening ceremony.
The ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) Beamlines facility houses lasers with intensities ten times higher than those currently achievable. The research centre was conceived as a campus within a landscaped setting. It consists of four separate buildings that accommodate offices, laboratories, a multi-functional space with lecture theatre/café, and the principal element: a massive concrete ‘box’, the size to a football pitch that houses the laser hall itself.
The lasers installed within the complex will be used for research into material sciences and engineering, medicine, biology, chemistry, pharmacy and astrophysics.
This new generation of laser technology will make important contributions to cancer diagnosis and therapy.
“The key to designing very complex buildings is to make them as simple and legible as possible, and ELI is no exception. We arranged the various functions into their compatible relationships and came up with a ‘campus’ style building. Each of the components is given a different identity appropriate to their use.”
“Conceptually the building grapples with the notion of the ‘Duality of Light’ – creation of light in the laser halls, and the harnessing of natural light in the public areas for the wellbeing of the building’s users.”
“There have been many challenges in the six years since the building’s inception, but we overcame these by the sheer skill, determination and team spirit of all the relevant stakeholders – Client and Design Team alike.”
“Simply put, this building will be home to the most powerful laser in the World – that’s pretty unique!”
ELI Beamlines is the first laser research infrastructure involving scientists from the global research community and is recognised as one of the European Union’s most significant research projects. It will develop a high-energy, high repetition-rate laser providing pulses from four laser systems (L1-L4). To meet the requirement for high repetition rates, three (L1-3) of these lasers will employ state of the art technologies of diode-pumped solid state lasers (DPSSL) for driving broadband amplifiers. The fourth (L4), multi-kilojoule laser will use a newly developed flash lamp technology with an actively cooled gain medium.
ELI will conduct experiments involving ion and electron accelerations. Laser driven particle acceleration is a new field of Physics, rapidly evolving thanks to the continuing development of high power laser systems enabling investigation of the interaction of ultra-high laser intensities (> 10^19 W/cm2) with matter. In the future, laser accelerated electrons will be used to build compact electronpositron colliders or a full-optical X-ray free electron laser (XFEL), while laser accelerated ions will be fundamental in the development of full-optical hadrontherapy facilities for cancer treatment.
Notes to editors
Bogle Architects is an award-winning international architecture and design studio founded in 2012 by Ian Bogle, and comprises of a highly creative group of individuals sharing a common desire to design and build progressive, imaginative and innovative architecture.
Based in London and Prague, the practice is active in over ten countries worldwide, with a portfolio comprised of Masterplans, Research, Education, Commercial, Residential and Leisure projects of varying scales.
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