Herzog & de Meuron
Competition
1993 (urban design competition of the university campus)
Project
1998-1999, 2001
Realization
2001-2004
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Process

The context is defined by the coloring of the TV test pattern, the pine forests, the landscaped gardens of Prince Pückler-Muskau, historic reading rooms, and the former technical college.

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The library is to be part of a reorganization of the existing campus where the new Brandenburg University of Technology was founded in 1991.

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The competition design presents two rectangular buildings flanking a plaza.

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The library built several years later is a single structure whose shape is based on four circles.

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The new biomorphic shape allows a flexible, open plan layout on every level. The flooring in the shelved zones features a north-south sequence of colors based on the TV test pattern.

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The raw feel of the ferroconcrete is retained in the finished ten-story building; glass panels imprinted with highly pixelated lettering clad the building like a veil.

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The library, which looks different from every angle, creates a visual link between the campus and the town.

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Open spaces, several stories high, alternate with densely packed shelving and quiet reading areas. The distinctive spiral stairway is both focal point and meeting place, its form echoed in the lighting.

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

Client
Liegenschafts - und Bauamt Cottbus, Cottbus, Germany
Planning
General Planning : Joint Venture ARGE IKMZ Cottbus: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland / Höhler + Partner Architekten und Ingenieure, Aachen, Germany
Lead Design Architect: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Construction: Höhler + Partner Architekten und Ingenieure, Aachen, Germany
Structural Engineering: Pahn Ingenieure GmbH, Gross-Gaglow, Germany
Mechanical Engineering: IKL + Partner, Leipzig und Prof. Hänel, Cottbus, Germany
Electrical Engineering: Kügler + Wallstein, Cottbus, Germany
Landscape Design: Gisela Altmann, Cottbus, Germany
Specialist / Consulting
Facade Consulting: AMP Albrecht Memmert + Partner, Neuss, Germany
Fire Protection: Prof. E. Achilles, Frankfurt, Germany
Fire Protection: Jürgen Endress, Frankfurt, Germany
Acoustics: GWJ Ingenieurgesellschaft für Bauphysik, Cottbus, Germany
Building Data
Gross floor area (GFA): 136'346 sqft, 12'667 sqm
Footprint: 16'145 sqft, 1'500 sqm
Gross volume (GV): 2'060'365 cbft, 58'343 cbm

Bibliography

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 1997-2001. The Complete Works. Volume 4.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 2008. Vol. No. 4.

Christian Gänshirt: “Neu Bau Land. 1990-2007. Architektur und Stadtumbau in den neuen Bundesländern. Architecture and Urban Restructuring in Former East Germany. IKZM der Brandenburgischen Technischen Universität Cottbus.” Edited by: Ernst A. Busche, Oliver G. Hamm, Peter Cachola Schmal. Exh. Cat. “Neu Bau Land. Architektur und Stadtumbau in den neuen Bundesländern.” Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt a.M. 23 June – 26 August 2007. Leipzig, E. A. Seemann, 2007. pp. 98-101.

Nobuyuki Yoshida (Ed.): “Architecture and Urbanism. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006.” Tokyo, A+U Publishing Co., Ltd., 08.2006.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006. Monumento e Intimidad. The Monumental and the Intimate.” Vol. No. 129/130, Madrid, El Croquis, 2006.

Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.): “Arquitectura Viva Monografías. Herzog & de Meuron 2000-2005.” Vol. No. 114, Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 07.2005.

Herzog & de Meuron: “IKMZ Cottbus.” In: Ministerium der Finanzen des Landes Brandenburg (Ed.). “IKMZ. Informations-, Kommunikations- & Medienzentrum der BTU Cottbus.” Brandenburg, Self-Publishing Ministerium der Finanzen des Landes Brandenburg, 2005. pp. 17-21.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 1998-2002. La Naturaleza del Artificio. The Nature of Artifice.” Vol. No. 109/110, Madrid, El Croquis, 2002.

Nobuyuki Yoshida (Ed.): “Architecture and Urbanism. Herzog & de Meuron 1978-2002.” Tokyo, A+U Publishing Co. Ltd., 02.2002.

Herzog & de Meuron. Natural History.” Edited by: Philip Ursprung. Exh. Cat. “Herzog & de Meuron. Archaeology of the Mind.” Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. 23 October 2002 – 6 April 2003. 2nd ed. Baden, Lars Müller, 2005.

Herzog & de Meuron. Naturgeschichte.” Edited by: Philip Ursprung. Exh. Cat. “Herzog & de Meuron. Archaeology of the Mind.” Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. 23 October 2002 – 6 April 2003. 2nd ed. Baden, Lars Müller, 2005.

Herzog & de Meuron. Histoire Naturelle.” Edited by: Philip Ursprung. Exh. Cat. Herzog & de Meuron. Archaeology of the Mind. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. 23 October 2002 – 6 April 2003. Baden, Lars Müller, 2002.

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