CAMPUS UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES. LIPPSTADT
The premises are located on Rixbecker Straße, and they used to belong to the neighbouring automotive supplier Hella, with which the university of applied sciences cooperates as a polytechnic university as well. To the north, it abuts on an extensive pasture landscape of the Lippe River, and because of its natural beauty, the area was referred to as “Kingdom of Heaven“. Here the architects built an ensemble comprising four buildings arranged around a central square. The leitmotiv of the design is communication. Where and how do students, professors and visitors meet? In that way, the square is of major importance as the social centre of the campus, the distribution of the different functions to the buildings automatically makes it a lively place. The topic of encounters is also passed on to the respective interior spaces, and in addition, each building has a large entrance hall also used as exhibition space, and these constitute a rather smooth connection between the interior and the exterior.
The four buildings have two or three storeys and their entire alignment is horizontal. As a result, they blend in harmoniously with the free and extensive natural landscape especially to the north. The two northern, U-shaped buildings also have greened patios that open up in the direction of the Lippe wetlands. The different types of usage of the four buildings comprise the canteen and administration with a student service centre, library and lecture hall centre as well as the use as institutional building with labs, workshops and the departments. Apart from these main functions, there are special areas of different qualities where students can study everywhere too, ranging from informal gathering places and sofa lounges to group-work spaces or quiet places to study in the media library.
Even before its official inauguration, full operation was started on Campus Lippstadt in March 2014 exactly as scheduled. This was also made possible by the RKW construction management, which was able to compensate successfully for the insolvency of one of the two general contractors as well. In the meantime, the first of up to 2,000 students - and their lecturers too as a matter of course - have found ideal conditions for studying on the campus in highly specialised fields of study such as computer visualistics, material design for bionics & photonics or social media and communication information science.