How can research be designed? How can one give a face to a technological building? The architectural office kister scheithauer gross (ksg) from Cologne and Leipzig has dealt with these questions for years. Respective answers were successfully implemented in a new construction for the Fraunhofer Society in Bayreuth. The architects designed a ceramic façade derived from traditional glazing techniques for the Fraunhofer Centre for High Temperature Materials and Design in Bayreuth. With this, the architectural Office depicts the institutes’ research topics on the exterior. “At the judging panel, I was already convinced that ksg’s design satisfies our wish of a functional, yet expressive, Research building,” remembers Dr. Friedrich Räther, director of the Fraunhofer Centre HTL, the project’s initial stage: a nationwide competition.