Media Advisory: Ceremony to Mark Laying of Foundation Stone of ESO Headquarters Extension

31 May 2012

On 11 June 2012 at 18:00, a ceremony will be held at ESO’s Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany, to mark the laying of the foundation stone of a major new extension to the ESO building.

The innovatively styled new office building, designed by architects Auer+Weber+Assoziierte, will allow ESO to bring all its Garching staff, some of whom are currently in temporary offices or other buildings on the Garching campus, back together on a single site. The building will be the cradle of the technological innovations needed for ESO’s ambitious projects such as the European Extremely Large Telescope (further details are available here: eso1215).

The event will coincide with the meeting in Garching of ESO’s governing body, the ESO Council. Representatives of the ESO Member States will be present, as well as the ESO Director General, and representatives of the local authorities and the town of Garching.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. Please register by sending an email to stating your affiliation. Interviews will be available with the President of the ESO Council, Xavier Barcons, the ESO Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, architect and CEO of Auer+Weber+Assoziierte, Philipp Auer, and ESO HQ extension Project Manager, Christoph Haupt.


Douglas Pierce-Price
Public Information Officer, ESO
Garching, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6759

Lars Lindberg Christensen
Head, ESO education and Public Outreach Department
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49-89-3200-6761
Cell: +49-173-3872-621

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Architect’s rendering of the new ESO Headquarters Extension (nighttime)
Architect’s rendering of the new ESO Headquarters Extension (nighttime)