University of Stuttgart, Germany, Renovation College Buildings I and II

Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg (Regional Finance Department), Universitätsbauamt Stuttgart und Hohenheim (University Construction Board), Germany
  • Architectural Work
    Performance / Services: 4 - 9
09 / 2009
Gross floor area:
50.447 qm
Preservation as a Sustainable Choice
College Building II is a university building from 1965, an example of the ”Stuttgart School“, currently used by the institutes of the Department of Philosophy and History as well as Economic and Social Sciences. It contains libraries, lecture halls, seminar rooms and a cafeteria. Offset building heights (15 office floors are located on the south side and 10 floors for teaching on the north) permit a semi-open central zone with open staircases and views from one floor to another.

The construction measures included, among others, the improvement of fire safety protection and removal of toxic substances, as well as the renovation of the building technology, north façade, roof, ceilings and floors. Department libraries, lecture halls, institute spaces, core zones and the cafeteria were re-planned according to their use. The few materials used (concrete, brickwork and high-quality finished wood) were conserved and expanded, as an expression of the architectural thought of the new Stuttgart School with its conscious minimalism.