The innovation platform for mobility and production of the future.
Our partners are using the research campus for innovations of the future. They develop and shape the technological change.
A community of visionaries
Who we are
ARENA2036 stands for „Active Research Environment for the Next generation of Automobiles” and is one of nine research campi of the funding initiative "Research Campus – Public-Private Partnership for Innovations" in Germany. ARENA2036 is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is run as a registered association with members from science and industry. Our partners are active in various disciplines – from the automotive industry, aerospace technology, textile and materials research to industrial science.
What we do
The partners of ARENA2036 are key to the co-creative work on a wide variety of interdisciplinary projects. In this way, ARENA2036 brings together different professional perspectives, (working) cultures and approaches to work and complement each other. Based on excellent, interdisciplinary basic and applied research, disruptive and leap innovations in particular are to be produced and transferred to industry. Hence, ARENA2036 wants to make its contribution to the active shaping of work, mobility and production of the future in the context of digitization. Being located in Stuttgart, the focus is set on automobile and production, therefore the year 2036 – the 150th anniversary of the automobile – is being looked at.
Why we do it
In the long term, ARENA2036 contributes to strengthening the leading position of Baden-Württemberg and Germany in the automotive industry by establishing and linking the industrial sector with the sciences. The cooperation of all actors involved in the value chain under one roof facilitates the collaboration between SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), start ups and large companies. At project level, all participants contribute their competencies on an equal footing and regardless of their size, thus demonstrating their capabilities. As a result, the unique combination and networking of competencies continuously opens up new thematic areas, while at the same time strengthening scientific excellence and the training of young scientists and increasing the international visibility of the research and the industrial location.
How we do it
ARENA2036, as research campus of the future, is the innovation platform for cooperation between science and industry with a main focus on future mobility. This cooperation takes place directly in the versatile factory which serves as an open co-working space. The cooperation in heterogeneous project groups enables a transfer of competence beyond the boundaries of one's own company and institute, which has a lasting effect on creative and innovative project work. In this way, research results outside the established solution spaces become feasable and supported. There are three different project types: Joint projects, Focus projects and so-called Speedboats. The project types differ in project duration, consortium size, financing and scope.
ARENA2036 as a Research Factory
The home of the research campus: The award-winning, industrial, flexible factory of the future as an open co-working space.
In autumn 2012, the ARENA2036 project was the winner in the "Research Campus Public-Private Partnership for Innovation" competition of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In order to make room for the newly emerging Research Campus, a new building was constructed, which offers a production environment in which approaches, ideas and results from researches can be tested and directly converted into practicable prototypes for industrial purposes. The total construction costs of the new building were equally shared between the European Union (EFRE funds) via the state of Baden-Württemberg and the University of Stuttgart.
The property is located in the northern area of the university campus Vaihingen. With its shed roof construction and folded aluminium façade, the building reacts to the classic elements of industrial construction. The glazed base optically contributes to the reduction of the total volume and allows passer-by a glaze at the inner workings.
In spring 2015, a competition for "Kunst am Bau" (translated: art in construction) was held, with Mr. Stefan Rohrer from Stuttgart as the winning artist. The folded aluminium façade of the building plays with the light of the surroundings. The lettering installation "Mehr Licht!" (More Light) on the south side takes up this play in terms of content and technology, leaving room for interpretation. The two words cut out of reflective foil and stuck to the façade are read as "MEHR" (MORE) from the west and "LICHT!" (LIGHT!) from the east. Seen from the south, they seem to be pushed into each other and are perceived as an abstract structure.
The head-end is a reinforced concrete skeleton construction, which houses a foyer with a tea kitchen and a connectable seminar room on the ground floor, as well as showers and changing rooms for the employees, toilet facilities and a mail room. On the three floors above, there are office spaces in the typologies of Openspace, combi- and single room as well as the corresponding support areas. The basement accommodates technical and storage rooms.
The column-free shop floor offers space for a wide variety of experimental setups for a versatile production with freely configurable production steps in the combination of man and machine. The area of the hall equipped with a crane runway is located between the rows of columns in east-west direction. On the north side of the hall, outside the craned hall area on the ground floor, there is a foreman's office as well as a social room and workshops. The measuring rooms are located at the eastern front side of the hall on an "adjusted" platform on the second floor. They can thus be accessed via the office area in the head building and served via the crane runway.
On the north side of the hall, the office area is located on the first floor: further offices, which are directly connected to the head building via a corridor. A fully-glazed, storey-high partition wall closes off the space towards the hall and allows a good view of what is happening there.
The building is divided into a head-end with office use, foyer and support functions in the eastern part of the property as well as the adjoining hall body with a delivery area. The large structure (130 m x 46 m x 16 m) impresses with subtle design elements that integrate the volume into the urban context: The matt-reflecting aluminium façade takes up the colourfulness of the campus buildings. Incisions in the east and west façades as well as glass bands give the complex a sense of scale.
The approx. 4,700 sqm large hall is covered with a shed roof at a height of approx. 16 m. The shop floor crane with a max. permissible payload of 10 t spans the entire width of the hall. Energetically, the building meets the high standards of state buildings. In addition, a PV system with a capacity of approx. 80 kWp is located on the western part of the roof.
|Gross floor area||approx. 10,000 sqm|
|Total construction costs||30.0 million Euro|
|Construction period||July 2015 to December 2016|
What do our partners say? The people who work, develop and shape the future in ARENA2036 every day?
„For me, ARENA2036 is a platform where creativity is born, ideas grow and finally find themselves in real products. Through cross-industry and cross-technology cooperation, a unique working atmosphere is created, which contributes to the success of projects and establishes connections.“
"For us at Nokia, it is critical to work jointly with industry partners, universities and research institutes to make Industry 4.0 a reality. Our contribution is focused on connectivity: private wireless networks with 5G for industrial use cases and optical broadband connection with extremely low latencies."
Research & Business Development Manager
"ARENA2036 is a unique hot spot of research, industry and entrepreneurship. A wide variety of disciplines, cultures and experiences come together creatively here, which always leads to exciting insights. I am therefore particularly pleased that our Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science has the opportunity to actively shape and contribute to this."
Prof. Dr. Alexander Brem
Head of Institute
University of Stuttgart