In 2010 FOJAB arkitekter was chosen, after parallel assignments, to design and plan the university's synchrotron light facility MAX IV.

The spatial organization of MAX IV focuses on the researchers' functional requirements for the facility and the characteristics of the site and its surroundings. All the different building components thus have their specific design requirements in terms of function, scope and lifespan. Some are tailor-made while others have a general design to accommodate needs not yet fully defined.

The underground parts are built in heavy-duty reinforced concrete and form an inert mass which limits the propagation of ambient vibrations, provides temperature stability and protection against unwanted radiation leakage to the environment.

The office building is designed in white sheet metal cassettes with horizontal protection for windows. The experimental hall in roof lantern with brushed aluminum surface and the other buildings in white concrete facades, which together with the rolling landscape contributes to making the MAX IV laboratory a characteristic landmark at Lund's northern entrance.

The office building has been certified according to Miljöbyggnad Gold, Green Building and the highest level of Breeam - Outstanding.


Skåne Architecture Prize 2016

Environmental award of the yearConcrete Gala 2015

Winner MIPIM Awards Best Futura Project 2014

Read more about the project here

Watch the movie about MAX IV on Vimeo

Facts and figures

Project name

Peab Sverige AB


49 500 m²


Contact person
Janis Kursis
+46 702 - 42 80 29

Project team

Janis Kursis
Architect SAR/MSA

Greger Dahlström
Architect SAR/MSA, Senior Adviser

Ulf Kadefors (1953-2012)
Architect SAR/MSA

Göran Hellquist
Architect SAR/MSA

Helena Bülow-Hübe
Head of Environment and Energy, Dr. Techn.

Jonas Ruthblad
Architect SAR/MSA, Studio manager

Mikael Stemell
Higher education engineer

Kerstin Sigbo
Architect SAR/MSA

Maria Listrup
Architect SAR/MSA

Pontus Tebäck
Architect MSA

Mikael Pettersson
Architect SAR/MSA

Kajsa Sundqvist
Architect SAR/MSA, civil engineer

Niklas Sonestad
Architect MSA/MAA, Deputy Studio Manager

Edvin Bylander
Architect SAR/MSA, Responsible for FOJAB lab

Olivier Gras
Architect SAR/MSA, DPLG

Lars Nilsson

Mårten Fridberg
Construction engineer, BIM manager

Felix Gerlach

Ville Hising
Graphic designer