Auditoriums HEINRICH-HEINE-UNIVERSIty. Düsseldorf
The Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf is engaged on an extensive long-term programme of new building, alteration and refurbishment up to 2035. The planned works included the modernisation of four auditoriums and the surrounding areas of Building 23.01, the Philosophy Faculty of the University. RKW designed and provided advice and support during the works, which began in April 2012. In addition to removing hazardous materials, the focus was on a refurbishment to improve appearance and functionality, which among other things seeks to soften the dominance and heavy look of the existing concrete elements and surfaces, improve navigation and communication routes, make the foyers and cafeteria brighter and more inviting places to spend time in. A number of measures were involved including the installation and widening of staircases, the replacement of solid balustrades by transparent glass, the installation of new skylights and the creation of furnished and well-lit areas for informal meetings. New materials, such as wood for the stairs and seating benches, new bright wall coatings for the retained concrete surfaces and an integrated lighting concept with direct and indirect light sources create a more pleasant atmosphere.