© Thomas Eicken

University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt

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City, Country Darmstadt, Germany
Year 2009–2011
Client Hessisches Baumanagement
Architect cornelsen+seelinger
Services Structural Engineering
Fire Engineering
Facts GFA: 7,182 | NFA: 4,920 m² | Gross volume: 25,140 m³
Awards Ausgezeichnete Architektur in Hessen 2013, Joseph-Maria-Olbrich-Plakette

Built in 1965, the faculty of design office and classroom building of the TU Darmstadt didn’t live up to the functional and current energy standards anymore. The reconversion included therefore a series of coordinated interventions: energetic redesign, new building envelope, new internal circulation areas and a change in the flexibility of space. Moreover, an additional storey was added to the building in some areas with a light laminated timber structure.

The highlight of the reconversion was the creation of a spacious entrance lobby which cantilevers over two storeys and is enclosed by a slender glass façade. A part of the columns for the load-bearing construction of the new entrance roof was built in a shelf-type structure. Therefore it can also be used to serve as an exhibition space or for meetings.

Building Physics