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Digital Collection Egon Eiermann

Competition Hochschule für Sozialwissenschaften (School for Sociology)


Competition Hochschule für Sozialwissenschaften (School for Sociology)

The park-like building site with a rich tree population, a lake and a small castle is situated on a ridge rising to the north. The movement of the landscape led to various designs with open construction methods.

In design A, the teaching and research facilities are grouped in pavilion-like buildings around a forum that staggers down to the lakeshore via platforms. The canteen is located at right angles to this complex on the eastern shore of the lake and leads over to the student housing estate to the south. The sports facilities are separated from the actual university by a green belt. The castle is used by the rectorate and the administration. A small chapel is planned between the castle and the forum.

In design B, the university facilities are housed in four pavilions, which are connected to each other on the ground floor, the lecture theatre level, by glazed bridges. The Auditorium Maximum and canteen are located in a building to the east of the lake.

In design C, the university facilities are located in stepped structures that are linked by a spine-like corridor, to which the lecture theatres and the library are connected to the north as the centre of the complex. The corridor begins in the east in the building for the rectorate and administration and ends in the west in the canteen. The Auditorium Maximum forms an independent structure on the eastern shore of the lake.

Immo Boyken, „Entwurfscharakteristika im Werk von Egon Eiermann aus der Zeit nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg“ , Diss., Universität Karlsruhe, Fakultät Architektur, Teil III, S. 167

Project-specific information

Project Competition Hochschule für Sozialwissenschaften (School for Sociology)
Persons involved
  • Egon Eiermann, Architektur
Project period 1961

Object-specific information

Typology Universität (Gebäudekomplexe), universities (building complexes)