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 dubbed the “muscle house” by the media, attracts the attention of passersby on Potsdamer Platz and is a much-photographed motif in Berlin’s cityscape. On the pages that follow, you will learn about the architecture of the Science Center and the people who work here.
Address and directions
Ottobock Science Center Berlin
Phone +49 (0)30 398 206 0
Arriving by public transport:
Approx. two minutes to Potsdamer Platz station:
Rail: regional and intercity
Commuter railway: lines S1, S2, S25
Underground: line U2
Bus: lines M41, M48, M85, 200, N2
Arriving by car/taxi:
approx. 10 minutes to Berlin Central Station
approx. 30 minutes to Tegel Airport
approx. 45 minutes to BER Airport Berlin-Brandenburg (Schönefeld)
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
Science Center represents the company’s return to the capital in 2009
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 displays 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 m²
Area covered by building: 493 m²
Floor space: 1,845 m²
Gross cubage: 7,900 m³
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 Berlin architectural office Gnädinger Architekten.
High-tech features and nature converge harmoniously in the architectural design. The organically curved ribbons of the white facade span the rounded corners of the structure, taking their cue from human muscle fibres.
The high-gloss aluminium facade with a pearl white coating was carried out in fully suspended construction. Cut aluminium sheeting and the flush bonded, black enamelled shiplap glazing exhibit similarities to modern automobile design.
A six-storey steel-reinforced concrete skeleton forms the load-bearing structure. The compact shape of the building with its low-depth rooms guarantees that an optimal supply of daylight extends to all work areas and common rooms, enhancing the energy there.
A dynamic lighting design with a strong external effect was also key in this prominent location. The media installation designed by 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” which are as tall as the building and visible from afar.
A kinetic sculpture shaped like a giant pendulum, equipped with interactive screens, symbolises the logic of human grasping. Under the arched roof of the entryway, a curved LED strip serves as a dynamic source of information for passersby.
Inside the building, an exhibition including media presentations on the topics of movement and mobility awaits the visitor across three levels measuring a total of 450 square metres. Numerous interactive exhibition modules and display installations create an unforgettable experience.
Above this are offices, seminar and conference rooms and the Competence Center dedicated to providing fittings for international patients, covering about 200 square metres respectively.
A minimalist interior design was implemented throughout the building. Surfaces are white, with silver-grey natural stone flooring and carpeting on the floors. Most of the furnishings and exhibition elements are white as well. This is contrasted at the building’s core by coloured glass panels with integrated TV monitors that also serve as information displays.
The Science Center team consists of the Science Guides (visitor support), doormen (reception, service), caretaker, Competence Team (patient care), administrative team (administration, exhibition management, events) and the managing director.
We work together to ensure a perfect experience for visitors to the exhibition and event participants. Find the right contact person for your enquiry here:
Brief description: Manager of the Ottobock Science Center Berlin
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone +49 (0)30 398 206 200
Position: Event Manager
Brief description: Responsible for events
Contact information: email@example.com
Phone: +49 (0)30 398 206 102
Position: Project Coordination
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +49 (0)30 398 206 105
Stefan Stollhoff, Abdallah Ait, Günter Nellen, Heiko Höhn
Brief description: Reception, service and general questions
Contact information: email@example.com
Phone: +49 (0)30 398 206 0
Please see the following link for an overview of all available job opportunities at Ottobock and the Science Center Berlin: Career
If you are interested, please apply only through the career portal. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications by post or email.
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
The Ottobock Science Center participates in the Long Night of Museums in cooperation with Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH. Up to 100 Berlin museums, collections, archives, memorials and exhibition centres open their doors until long after midnight once each year. The Science Center Berlin presents itself to visitors to the capital and invites them to evening visits of the exhibition as well as tours outside of its usual opening hours.
Health Week – Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
The Ottobock Science Center is an event partner for the annual Berlin Health Week, which is organised by Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH and ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg. The Health Week offers companies and service providers as well as research institutions and clinics in the capital region a unique opportunity to present their products and services to interested members of the public. In 2014, Health Week was held 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
The Free University of Berlin offers the opportunity not just to study, but to try out and learn about a wide variety of subjects. NatLab, a hands-on experimentation laboratory, is intended for students in grades 4 through 6 and 11 through 13. It lets them experiment with equipment that is not normally available to them in school. In doing so, they apply biology and chemistry methods which they previously knew only from textbooks. The Science Center Berlin supports NatLab in various ways, including tours and presentations on neurorehabilitation.
id22 – Institute for Creative Sustainability
The Institute for Creative Sustainability is a civic non-profit organisation that focuses on a culture of sustainable urban development. To this end, id22 supports and serves as a link between dedicated, self-organised initiatives and municipal stakeholders from a wide range of social areas in order to support creative and active participation in urban development processes as a vital socio-political and social force.
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 due to natural disasters or war. Within these efforts, the primary focus is on medical care.
Current campaigns: “Help for Haiti”, providing ongoing support for the victims of the severe earthquake in 2010, and “Help for Syria” in response to the country’s devastating civil war.
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 the Berlin Technical University. The lab focuses 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 Clinical Excellence Circle team is an example of successful, interdisciplinary cooperation in the medical, therapeutic-technical and scientific fields. Renowned orthopaedic specialists and accident surgeons, sports physicians, neurologists, biomechanists, physiotherapists and O&P professionals 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 a high standard of quality in sports orthopaedics, neurology and other specialised fields.