Science Center Berlin
Even at a distance, the Ottobock Science Center Berlin catches the eye of the observer. The modern facade of the building also known as the "muscle house" in the media is an eye-catcher for passersby on Potsdamer Platz and a much-photographed motif of the Berlin cityscape.
On the pages that follow, you will learn about the architecture of the Science Center and the people who work there.
Ottobock Science Center Berlin
Phone 030 / 398 206 0
Directions, public transport to Potsdamer Platz stop:
S-Bahn (commuter rail) and underground: S1, S2, S25, U2
Bus connections: 200, M41, M48, M85
Facts & Figures
Otto Bock HealthCare
Operator of the Science Center Berlin
Owner-managed medtech company
Headquarters in Duderstadt (Lower Saxony)
Founded in 1919 in Berlin Kreuzberg
Return to the capital in 2009 with the Science Center
Ottobock Science Center Berlin
Title of the permanent exhibition: Discover what moves us.
Topics of the permanent exhibition: grasping, walking, bionics, medical technology
Visitors per year: approx. 100,000
Tours per year: approx. 300
Number of exhibits in the permanent exhibition: 29
Number of special exhibitions per year: 2 to 3
Number of events per year: approx. 60
Construction period: 2008 – 2009
Opening: 16 June 2009
Number of employees: 13
Lot size: 849 sqm
Built-up area: 493 sqm
Floor space: 1845 sqm
Gross cubage: 7900 cbm
Height: 21.30 m
Floors: 5 upper floors + 1 basement
Exhibition levels: 3
Event rooms: 2
Facade material: coated aluminium
The construction of the Science Center (construction period April 2008 through June of 2009) was managed by the Berlin architectural office Gnädinger Architekten.
High-tech and nature converge harmoniously in the architectural design. Organically deformed white facade ribbons encompass the rounded structure based on human muscle fibres.
The high-gloss aluminium facade with a pearl white coating is carried out in fully suspended construction. Cut aluminium sheeting and the flush bonded, black enamelled shiplap glazing are related to modern automobile design.
A six-storey steel-reinforced concrete skeleton forms the load-bearing structure. The compact form of the building with rooms of low depth guarantees the optimum supply of daylight for energy optimisation in all work areas and common rooms.
A dynamic lighting design with a striking public image was also emphasised in this prominent location. The media installation designed by the Berlin media design firm ART+COM virtually puts the building in motion: computer-controlled LED light points integrated in the facade sheeting animate two virtual "Walkers" as tall as the building and visible from afar.
A kinetic sculpture in the form of a giant pendulum, equipped with interactive screens, symbolises the logic of human grasping. Under the awning of the entryway, a curved LED strip serves as a dynamic information medium for passersby.
Inside the building, an exhibition with media presentations on the topics of movement and mobility awaits the visitor on 450 square metres over three levels. Numerous interactive exhibition modules and display installations leave a lasting impression.
Above that on about 200 square metres respectively are offices, seminar and conference rooms and the competence center to provide fittings for international patients.
A consistently minimalist interior design was implemented. The surfaces are white, with silver-grey natural stone flooring and carpet on the floors. Most of the furnishings and exhibition elements are white as well. In contrast, there are coloured glass panels on the core with integrated TV monitors that also serve as information carriers.
The Science Center team consists of the Science Guides (visitor support), doormen (reception, service), the caretaker, the competence team (patient care), the administrative team (administration, exhibition management, events) and the managing director.
Together we ensure that everything is perfect for visitors to the exhibition and for event participants. Find the right contact person for your enquiry here:
Brief description: Manager of the Ottobock Science Center Berlin
Contact information: email@example.com
Phone +49 (0)30 398 206 200
Position: Event Manager
Brief description: Responsible for events, photography and filming
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +49 (0)30 398 206 101
Position: Event Manager
Brief description: Responsible for events
Contact information: email@example.com
Phone: +49 (0)30 398 206 102
Position: Project Manager
Brief description: Responsible for tours, cooperation agreements, PR
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +49 (0)30 398 206 126
Position: Project Manager
Brief description: Responsible for the permanent and special exhibitions, cooperation agreements
Contact information: email@example.com
Phone: +49 (0)30 398 206 105
Stefan Stollhoff, Abdallah Ait, Günter Nellen, Heiko Höhn
Brief description: Reception, service and general questions
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +49 (0)30 398 206 0
You will find an overview of all available job offers at Ottobock and the Science Center Berlin under the following link: Career
If you are interested, please apply only through the career portal. We are unable to accept applications by mail or e-mail.
From the Berlin museum and exhibition scene to the political arena in the fields of accessibility and inclusion – the Ottobock Science Center has established itself as a reliable partner.
Long Night of Museums – Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH
On the occasion of the Long Night of Museums, the Ottobock Science Center cooperates with Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH. Once a year up to 100 Berlin museums, collections, archives, memorials and exhibition centres open their doors until long after midnight. At unusual hours, the Science Center Berlin presents itself to visitors to the capital and invites them for evening visits to the exhibition as well as tours.
Health Week – Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
The Ottobock Science Center as an event partner takes part in the annual Health Week, which is organised by Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH and ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg. Health Week offers companies and service providers as well as research institutions and clinics in the region of the capital a unique opportunity to present themselves to the interested public with their products and services. The Health Week 2014 takes place from 13 to 22 October.
visitBerlin – Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH
The Ottobock Science Center cooperates closely with visitBerlin, the tourism and marketing agency of the state of Berlin. Events and projects are conducted regularly. For example, the Ottobock Science Center Berlin was co-represented at the visitBerlin exhibition stand “Accessible Berlin” during the ITB, the world's leading tourism trade fair.
NatLab – FU Berlin
At the Freie Universität Berlin, one cannot only study but also try out and get to know a lot of things. NatLab, the hands-on experimentation laboratory, is intended for students in grades 4 through 6 and 11 through 13. It gives them the opportunity to experiment with equipment that is not normally available to them in school. In doing so, they apply the biology and chemistry methods which they previously knew only from textbooks. The Science Center Berlin supports NatLab, among other things with tours and presentations on neurorehabilitation.
id22 - Institute for Creative Sustainability
id22 is a non-profit, civil society-based organisation supporting cultures of sustainable urban development and innovative housing. id22 assists and publicises self-organized housing projects, organises networking events, produces publications, operates internet portals and works with media partners to qualitatively improve the urban living environment.
The Science Center Berlin also offers space for the following cooperation partners. Please click the respective link for further information.
Otto Bock Foundation
Founded by Max Näder in 1987, the Otto Bock Foundation organises aid for people in need who urgently require support because of natural disasters or war. Here the focus is on medical care.
Current campaigns: “Help for Haiti” to effectively support the victims of the severe earthquake in 2010 and “Help for Syria” in response to the devastating civil war in that country.
Rehabtech Research Lab
Rehabtec Research Lab is dedicated to development, research, continuing education and training in the field of medical technology. It cooperates closely with other scientific research institutions and is recognised as an institute of Berlin Technical University. The focus is on orthopaedics and rehabilitation technology, fundamental research in biomechanics, the further development of measuring and test methods in prosthetics and orthotics, and research in other fields of application.
Clinical Excellence Circle
The team of the Clinical Excellence Circle is an example of successful, interdisciplinary cooperation in the medical, therapeutic-technical and scientific fields. Renowned orthopaedic specialists and accident surgeons, sports physicians, neurologists, biomechanics, physiotherapists and prosthetists/orthotists work together here. Sponsorship of new concepts, lectures, continuing education, clinical and biomechanical studies and the development of treatment concepts by the Clinical Excellence Circle all contribute to the high standard of quality in sports orthopaedics, neurology and other specialised fields.