The opening of the Abbe Center in January 2006 provided the science and innovation campus on Jena’s Beutenberg with a new central focus. This central building houses the communal facilities used by all the institutes based on the Beutenberg Campus. These include a cafeteria (Casino), a branch of the Thuringian University and State Library and a lecture theatre. In addition, the service company Universität Jena Servicegesellschaft mbH, the Beutenberg-Campus Jena e.V. association, the Abbe School of Photonics, and a patent and law firm are also based there.
Following completion, the building was awarded the ‘Thüringer Preis zur Förderung der Baukultur’ (Thuringian Prize for the Promotion of Architecture) by the BAUKULTUR foundation.
The striking architecture of the Abbe Center, combined with its spacious public rooms, makes it eminently suitable for lectures and festive events. These spaces can comfortably accommodate up to 200 people.