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News, 10 November 2016

European XFEL to build guesthouse and canteen in 2017

Construction to begin in summer

In the coming year, European XFEL will build a canteen and guesthouse on its new campus in Schenefeld.

The single-level canteen building, with about 150 dining spaces, is to be situated to the east of the entry plaza of the headquarters in the front area of the campus. On the ground level will be 540 square metres for the kitchen and for guests, and in the cellar there will be 320 square metres for bathrooms, tools, and storage.

The 50–60-room guesthouse will be built on the southern part of the campus, with rooms that will be outfitted with modern yet functional facilities.

Around 300 employees work on the European XFEL campus, as well as external guests. When user operation starts in summer 2017, groups of scientists from all around the world will come for a few days to perform their experiments. Since the facility and experiments will run in 24-hour operation, an onsite opportunity for accommodation and meals is important for the guests.

The construction of both buildings will begin in early summer 2017. The owner and proprietor of the buildings will be the non-profit European XFEL GmbH.

In the following years, further buildings are planned for the campus, such as an office and laboratory building for a user consortium, the visitor centre, and an undulator hall. In this hall, the 5 m-long, 7.5 t undulator segments, which comprise the up to 210 m-long X-ray light generating undulators of the European XFEL, can be measured, magnetically adjusted, and stored. The construction of these buildings is subject to the availability of financing.

Visualisation of the canteen building
Blunck + Morgen Architekten / European XFEL | Click on the image to see it full size.
Layout of the Schenefeld campus, showing the headquarters building (XHQ) along with the future canteen (XHC) and guesthouse (XHG)
Blunck + Morgen Architekten / European XFEL | Click on the image to see it full size.