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University of Hamburg to Built New International Apartment House

Swiss architects win international competition. Inauguration of the new building in the university's jubilee year 2019

On the initiative of uni president Prof. Dr. Lenzen, Universität Hamburg initiated an architecture competition for a new guesthouse with 65 separate apartments to house doctoral students, visiting academics, and newly appointed professors from abroad. Now, the winning concept has been named.

Guesthouse on the campus

The planning area is located on the campus of the University Sports Park in the Rotherbaum district next to the Museum of Ethnology. The competition was was an EU-wide call for competition, in which twelve national and international architecture firms took part. The expert jury included representatives from Hamburg authorities, the district, the university, and international architecture firms. Three winners were selected. The first prize went to Buchner Bründler Architect BSA / SIA (Basel), the second prize to Wandel Lorch architect WHL GmbH (Frankfurt a.M./Saarbrücken), the third prize to TransLocalMotion Architecture GmbH (Dresden).

Taking into account the recommendation of the jury, the university will enter negotiations according to VOF regulations and contract builders. The planning phase should be completed by spring 2017.

University of Hamburg Will Become Even More Attractive Internationally

University President Prof. Dr. Dieter Lenzen: “I am pleased that after long discussions an international apartment building for the university will now take shape. It will give us the opportunity to accommodate visiting researchers and scholars close to the campus, thus increasing the attractiveness of the University of Hamburg. I congratulate the winners on the outcome of the competition. “

Inauguration in the Anniversary Year

Construction is scheduled to start in 2018, with completion of the new building envisaged just in time for the 100th anniversary of the University of Hamburg. The investment will total some 13 million euro. The university has already been operating a guest at Rothenbaumchaussee with 50 apartments, and a second, smaller guest house at Rentzelstraße with 24 units. However, the capacities of these building no longer meet the increased demand. In addition, there are mainly only smaller apartments for individuals. The university thus plans to construct a new guest house close to the campus.

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