This new replacement building is the biggest construction project undertaken by the University of Bielefeld since the main building was erected forty years ago. A traffic-calmed boulevard will run between the main university building and its planned structural counterpart, the new replacement building. Autumn 2013 is the scheduled moving-in date for the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology and the Faculty of Sociology together with their specialist libraries, the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), the Interdisciplinary Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Studies (IFF) and the canteen run by Bielefeld student welfare services. As soon as the move has been completed, modernisation of the main building will begin.
More than half a million books, journals and series of papers will transfer to the new building along with the faculties and research departments. As before, the academics and students will have their literature close at hand and working conditions will be optimal. The specialist libraries for history, philosophy, theology, sociology, art, geography and women's studies will be brought together in the new replacement building. Around 350 individual work spaces for concentrated study will be supplemented by group work spaces in discussion rooms as well as PC workstations and a small lounge area.
Seminar and lecture hall centre
A total of some 1,500 seats will be available in the seminar and lecture hall centre serving the faculties on the ground floor of the building. The largest lecture hall seats 150.
Central canteen for University and University of Applied Sciences
The central canteen in the new building will in future cater for both the University and Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. Up to 7,500 meals can be served every day in the 3,600 m² canteen, designed to seat 1,900, while an outdoor terrace offers an inviting venue for lunch al fresco. A cafeteria and café bar complete the catering facilities available in the new replacement building.
The entrance forum forms the 'communicative heart' of the building, which is divided into a two-storey base with the public areas (canteen and lecture halls on the ground floor and library on the first floor) and the faculties, which are arranged in four multi-storey rings. A defining feature of the new building is the central thoroughfare which runs the length of the building, linking the different areas together. Wide lines of view will create openness to encourage students and academic staff to cross interdisciplinary boundaries. The two basement floors will house an underground car park with about 900 spaces.
The State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW and the University of Bielefeld have agreed a sum of about 130 million euros under the state of NRW's university modernisation programme for the new replacement building, which will have approx. 28,000 m² usable floor space.
|Start of planning||November 2009|
|Start of construction||January 2011|
|Topping-out ceremony||13 June 2012|
|Completion||4th quarter 2013|
|Moving-in date||4th quarter 2013|
|Usable area||27.800 m²|
|Dimensions||approx. 200 m long by 80 m wide|
|Client||Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW Bielefeld|
|Main planner||agn Niederberghaus & Partner, Ibbenbüren|
|Total cost||approx. 130 million euros|