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3XN wins comp for €57m German university building

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Danish big hitter 3XN has won a competition to design a new technical facility in Stuttgart

Seeing off competition from 25 other practices, 3XN has been appointed to design a new building for the technical faculty of the German university Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg.

Designed as a ’vertical campus’, the 25,000m2 building will gather together a number of institutions that are currently scattered across Stuttgart.

The building is expected to be completed in 2018.

The architect’s view

The building is located close to Stuttgart city centre in an area characterised by a variety of universities and educational institutions, as well asresidential buildings and green spaces, giving potential for the building to support a rich and active urban life. The building enhances this potential by leaving room for new urban spaces in the form of three squares, which for example will allow the university café to have an outdoor dining area.

The pentagonal building has an open and transparent facade divided into a number of horizontal bands, which have been split, marking the main entrances and producing cantilevers and both open and covered terrace. This feature gives the building identity and a sculptural expression.

The central atrium in the building’s core has a number of functions: it is a social meeting place, which also eases orientation and wayfinding for the building’s users and visitors. Along with the spiral staircase that goes all the way to the top floor, the atrium further creates vertical communication between all levels and functions.

An important element for social interaction is the bridge - a connecting element for all three main entrances, which because of its central location also can be used as a general passage.

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