In the competition for the new building of the German Cancer Research Centre, our design has received recognition. With its division into three clearly recognisable building complexes, the new building takes up the geometry of the Neuenheimer Feld campus and forms a striking prelude. A building-high “shop window” creates a visual connection to the old town and Heidelberg Castle. Like a spatial sculpture, the spiral staircase arranged in the access area behind it connects the different floors. The calm and evenly structured façade creates a contrasting combination with the transparency of the shop window, which reflects the public character of the German Cancer Research Center’s research.