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BUILDING
 
 
Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
Hamburg-Harburg Technical University
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DESIGNER
 
 
gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
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CONTEXT
 
Relationship with the location
gmp, von Gerkan Marg und Partner, Technische Universität Hamburg Harburg, Hamburg, Germany
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DESCRIPTION
 
gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partners Hamburg-Harburg Technical UniversityDesigned by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), a new building comprising both historic and new parts has been created at the site of the former Schwarzenbergkaserne (Schwarzenberg Barracks). The new main building of TU Harburg forms a succinct entrance to the existing campus, which is made up of 14 buildings. It accommodates the executive commitee, auditoriums and seminar rooms, as well as the students’ learning and communication centre, which is open 24 hours a day.

gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partners Hamburg-Harburg Technical UniversityThe existing building of the former Schwarzenbergkaserne is a red-brick building complex which has been listed as a historic building and has recently been mostly vacant. The building was stripped out and fully refurbished while largely retaining the existing building substance with its structural components on the inside. The avantcorps was subject to more extensive conversions: to create a prestigious entrance foyer, the interior space was made wider and the ceilings were opened up, thus providing additional air space and vistas through the entrance portals of the central axis in all three storeys. The existing volume of the building was extended by two additional cubes which match the existing building in height and scale. The new building section to the east of the central building closes a gap that resulted from the Second World War and thereby reconnects the eastern wing with the main complex. A small new building opposite, to the north, re-establishes the symmetry of the complex in layout and elevations.

The façades received a special treatment. In the existing building it was only necessary to refurbish the timber windows and insert three-storey-high entrance elements on the northern and southern elevations on the central tract, as the brickwork of the elevations was largely intact and only required minor repairs. In contrast, the glass façades of the new buildings received a very different treatment: vertical aluminium tubes and stainless steel cables have been installed in-between deep steel U-profiles. The seemingly irregularly placed tubes and the steel cables in the intermediate spaces spell “Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg” when read in Morse code.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Germany [Deutschland]
Land
Hamburg
Town
Hamburg
District
Harburg
Neighborhoods
Heimfeld
Address
Alter Postweg
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Universities, colleges
Operations on existing buildings
Renovation, rehabilitation and restructuring
Extension, superelevation
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Auditorium
Information centres and areas
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2009    
Realisation
2010 - 2012
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CLIENT
 
 
Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Office for Science and Research
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
total sq.m. 10,169
existing building/refurbishment sq.m. 7,416
new buildings sq.m. 2,753
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STAFF
 
Design
Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Volkmar Sievers
Project leader
Jan Stolte, Tilmann Jarmer
Design team
Martina Klostermann, Inga Kläschen, Michèle Watenphul, Bastian Scholz, Jared Steinmann, Mark Botko, Alisa von Gerkan, Knut Maass
Associate architect
Obermeyer Planen und Beraten GmbH
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Heiner Leiska
Drawings © gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Text edited by gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Courtesy of gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

gmp, von Gerkan Marg und Partner, Technische Universität Hamburg Harburg, Hamburg, Germany



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