MAX IV laboratory

The MAX IV Laboratory is on schedule to open in Lund, Sweden, with Fojab having acted as architect, and Snøhetta working on the landscape.

Completion of the advanced research facility’s construction will mark a milestone in development of the science city project.

The new MAX IV Laboratory will serve as a national research centre and is set to be operated jointly by the Swedish Research Council and Lund University. It will be built over 47-acres and will include advanced facilities such as two electron storage rings.

The smaller ring will have an electron energy of 1,500MeV, and a circumference of 96m. The bigger ring will have an electron energy of 3,000MeV and a circumference of 528m.

"Completion of the advanced research facility’s construction will mark a milestone in the development of the science-city project in the region."

The new facility has been built using four key areas, which are ground vibrations, mass balance, storm water management, and plant selection and maintenance. It is part of a plan to transform agricultural land into a science city.

In addition, the MAX IV design includes an option for a free electron laser as part of a second development stage of the research centre. Construction of the new facility was performed as part of an agreement signed between the Swedish Government and Snøhetta in 2011.

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Under the agreement, the site’s contractor, PEAB Whilborgs, will be responsible for project maintenance for 25 years.

Image: MAX IV Laboratory will span 47-acres. Photo: courtesy of Snøhetta.