University Library, Freiburg im Breisgau (D)
From a rough blank to a polished diamond
The University Library stands at the edge of Freiburg's Old Town, on Platz der Universität, tucked into a row of fine buildings. The building which dates back to 1978 responds to this setting with a sculptural design. There was urgent need for a total refurbishment of the building due to its outdated technology and the necessity of repairing damage to the façade.
The reduction in form creates a sensitive dialogue with the surrounding buildings. The part of the building above ground was dismantled down to the ceiling above the basement while the two staircase cores were preserved as constructional cores. The glass façade smoothes the shape: the rough cut has become a polished diamond in which, however, the original design can still be seen.
|Contact person||Jürg Toffol|
|Client||Property & Construction Baden-Wüttemberg, University Construction Office, Freiburg|
|Architects||ARGE P.arc / Itten+Brechbühl AG / Degelo Architekten BSA SIA AG|
|Competition||1st rank 2006|
|Start of construction||2007|
|Start-up of operations||2015|
|Floor space||25 842 m2|
|Photos||Oliver Kern, Freiburg|