About Us

About Us

Building complex

Development area

The ELI-ALPS laser research center is being built on an old Soviet military base in the northern part of Szeged next to the number 5 main road.

Special building structures


  • 819 piles were drilled beneath the building site

  • The deepest piles are 45 meters underground with a diameter of 1.8 m and is the first European use of bentonite-coat technology.

  • Special basement design reduces the load on the piles 

  • 133 000 m3 soil was excavated (special basement, storm water pond)

  • 5500 m2 vibration-free basement required to ensure laser stablility

  • special radioprotection experimental halls with 1 m and 2 m thick walls and ceiling (MTA, HTA), “house-in-the-house” technology

  • total 4200 m2 clean room (ISO 7, ISO 8)

  • temperature stability: +/- 0,5 oC allowed discrepancy

 Building complex

When designing the building complex the architects took into consideration the special requirements of the research technology and serving the necessary functions of the facility. Accordingly the different functions are separated in the buildings as follows: 


  • Building A – different rooms, halls of the laser technology (laser halls and experimental areas) total net 6209 m2

  • Building B – scientific-technical rooms (labs, preparation workshops, offices of the researchers, and the machinery rooms serving building „A”), total net 7936 m2

  • Building C – offices and research functions of the science center (reception, conference hall, library, seminar rooms, management offices, cafeteria), total net 7391 m2

  • Building D – multifunctional building for storage, servicing and maintenance of the complex, total net 2926 m2

  • Building E - Entrance building

Total net building area 24 462 m2

The maximum building height is 20 meter.

External View

The promenade, pond (fed by storm water) and surrounding grassy areas adorns ELI-ALPS with a beautiful entrance and a peaceful microclimate for workers to enjoy.

Development area