New building for Kiel University of Applied Sciences

1st prize in open, two-stage project competition. Kiel University of Applied Sciences was formed as the the result of a merger between several state engineering schools and higher technical colleges. Alongside Flensburg and Lübeck, it belongs to the top three universities of Applied Sciences in Germany. Due to the growing number of students and the expanded range of courses on offer, it is necessary to architecturally develop the last usable spaces on campus. In the corner and transition area between the heterogeneous built-up campus area and the industrial areas leading through to the harbor, a new building is to be built for the faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The university wishes to create a concept that is as flexible and sustainable as possible, consisting of teaching, learning and working environments that promote communication, are adaptable and can be used in a variety of ways, while at the same time meeting high and sustainable quality standards. DFZ’s design responds to this aim with a flexible facade construction as well as the greening of the roof and facades, helping to improve the microclimate, reduce particulate matter, boost O2 production through CO2 binding, compensate for the loss of green space and promote biodiversity. The rainwater from the roof surfaces is temporarily stored in cisterns and is used to irrigate the green areas, roof and facades. The pergola construction above the roof carries photovoltaic elements to generate electricity for technical facilities and thus leads to a significant reduction of energy consumption, placing it well in line with the requirements of the Building Energy Act. Through the adaptation of harbour typologies and industrial elements, the cubature acts as a mediator between the industrial harbour and the existing structures of the surrounding buildings. Inside, the functional units are grouped around a central circulation zone, the spatial character of which is contributed to by two courtyards and voids. In the enclosed courtyard, an open staircase connects all levels of the university up to the roof terrace. The adjoining meeting areas enable synergy between the various disciplines and create a pleasant atmosphere for coincidental encounters. The design was implemented in cooperation with G2 Landschaft.

Size: 14.800 m2  GFA
Services: LPH 1-8
Dates: in planning since 2022
Use: Education
Client: GMSH Gebäudemanagement Schleswig-Holstein AöR

Competition: 1st prize
Visualization: DFZ Architekten