A historic moment

Under the name “Lausitz Art of Building”, Manfred Curbach’s team took part in the BMBF competition for a large-scale research centre as part of the structural change in Lusatia. Ultimately, however, the LAB was narrowly defeated by the German Centre for Astrophysics in September 2022. Just as you can’t simply stop building to save resources, the initiators around Curbach couldn’t simply stop adhering to the need for a construction research centre. The declared aim was to establish the LAB as the key to climate-neutral and resource-efficient construction in Lusatia. And this goal is now within reach.

LAB Lausitz becomes LAB Living

Following the decision of the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag on 17 November 2023, the partners involved provided information on 20 November 2023 in Bautzen on the establishment of the now renamed LAB – Living Art of Building. The federal government will provide a total of 68.6 million euros over the next five years. The districts of Bautzen and Görlitz have also pledged to make up to 450 million euros of their structural change funds available for investments in the development in Saxony with the help of the cities and municipalities.

What happens now?

The multi-year construction of the LAB is scheduled to begin in 2024. After the construction phase, a total of around 1,250 scientists will conduct research and development in globally unique laboratory facilities. This would make the LAB the largest research centre of its kind. Close collaboration with industry will create up to 40,000 jobs in and around the LAB in the long term.



  • The large international research facilities are almost exclusively concerned with the operation of buildings. At the LAB, however, the focus is on production. The solutions would open up new possibilities in construction at national, European and international level.


  • The team behind the LAB is supradisciplinary and unique in its composition: experts from industry, architecture, engineering, economics, cultural and social sciences as well as nanotechnology, materials research, computer science, chemistry and urban planning.


  • The LAB will have several locations across Germany that will work together to realise the vision. Further information will be announced here shortly.