The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IFL) is the only non-university research institute for geography in Germany. Here scientists analyze spatial structures and current spatial developments up to the theoretical and historical foundations of regional geography; the spatial focus is on Central and Eastern Europe. In a special focus, the institute develops new forms of visualization of geographic knowledge and investigates their effects.
The new building of the IFL is to be located on the corner of Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz on the Leipziger Innenstadtring at the junction of Windmühlenstraße and Brüderstraße. This will be the first new building on the huge post-war derelict site of the Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz. The new building will be funded by the Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Homeland: the total construction costs is €34.5 million.
After a 2 stage open design competition HRA were awarded first place with the recommendation that the winning design would be executed.
The building of 9,000 m2 will house 150 scientists and support staff and includes a public library and archive of the institute’s collection of maps and documents.