University of applied sciences, Würzburg-Schweinfurt

University of applied sciences, Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Architect
Gerber Architekten
Location
Würzburg, Germany
Project Year
2011
Category
Universities

University of applied sciences, Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Gerber Architekten as Architects

Composition of views into the open landscapeThe bright and structured building complex was designed by Prof. Eckhard Gerber and his team Gerber Architekten who were also responsible for the complete construction management. The University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt received a generously sized campus for the departments of design, computer science and E-Commerce. The building was opened on 20th September 2011 on schedule for the start of the winter semester in October – thus enabling 1.000 students to start their work. Embedded in the stunning hilly landscape, the design for this university is based on the dialogue between architecture and nature. Gerber Architekten won the competition in 2004. Two L-shaped buildings enclose a rectangular, open courtyard where a wide staircase provides access into the building complex. The elevation on the south side of the building offers wide open views far into the valley as well as a unique experi-ence of converging interior and exterior spaces, creating an attractive environment for teaching and research, communication and creativity.The external walls are constructed as high quality visual concrete, comprising core insulation, precast con-crete as well as in-situ concrete. Light coloured sand from the river Main was used in the concrete mix and this was wholeheartedly welcomed by building users as a local reference.The roof is designed as an extensive green roof and will soon be equipped in short term with photovoltaic systems.

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