Architecture Competition Successfully Completed

In the architecture competition regarding the expansion of the university, the jury unanimously chose the design of the Hamburg based company Kraus Schönberg Architects.

An architecture competition was held for the planned structural expansion of the Bucerius Law School campus. From the entries of 12 participating offices, the jury made a unanimous decision.

THE JURY TOOK INTO ACCOUNT A WIDE RANGE OF INTERESTS

The jury consisted of 17 people. The goal was to award a prize to a design that, on the one hand, did justice to the significant location in the inner city area directly next to Planten un Blomen city park, and on the other hand, met the spatial requirements of the university.

These interests were also reflected in the composition of the jury:

  • For the Hamburg-Mitte district, the chief building director, experts and deputies were represented
  • Three architects were invited to ensure architectural quality. One of them, Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir, was also the chairwoman of the jury.
  • For Bucerius Law School, the board of the ZEIT Stiftung and the university management were part of the jury.

Representatives of Planten un Blomen city park (botanical gardens) and students of Bucerius Law School were also involved in the entire process.

THE VISION OF THE ARCHITECTS

Tobias Kraus and Timm Schönberg, founders of the architecture firm Kraus Schönberg explained their idea as follows: "Bucerius Law School has the opportunity to complete an open and communicative campus at this unique location in the middle of Planten un Blomen city garden. We are trying to achieve this in terms of design in the outdoor space by embedding it in with the surrounding park landscape."

The Votes of the Jury

The jury members were enthusiastic, across the board, about the winning design. Franz-Josef Höing, the head of the building department, spoke of the planned new buildings as "distinctive keystones" for the campus.

Prof. Dr. Michael Göring, Chairman of the Board of the ZEIT Stiftung, sees the design as simultaneously creating the spatial expansion of the law school while also creating "special urban accents." In addition, it will further develop "Bucerius Law School as a special architectural ensemble."

Falko Droßmann, head of the Hamburg-Mitte district office, takes a similar view: "The design manages to harmonize the coexistence of education and science with the Planten und Blomen city garden recreational and open space."

Meinhard Weizmann, executive director of Bucerius Law School, says the design will "expand the Bucerius Law School campus in a magnificent way and create space for growth."

THE WAY AHEAD

The project will continue after the university has agreed on the designs with the responsible historic preservation authorities. Construction planning can then begin in the course of the year. Here, too, the work will be conducted together with the authorities and local municipal representatives.

For more information on the plans for the expansion of Bucerius Law School, please visit the following site:  www.law-school.de/erweiterung.

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Jonathan Schramm, Arne Lemke, translated: David Patrician

Hamburg