- Public library
- Competition (1st prize)
- Wolfsburg, Germany 2013–
Bildungshaus is a public library and education center for the city of Wolfsburg, Germany. The site is located near Klieversberg Park in the vicinity of the Wolfsburg Cultural Center by Alvar Aalto (1962) and Wolfsburg City Theatre by Hans Scharoun (1973).
The building provides a platform for various types of learning from focused solitary study to collaboration and groupwork. Thematically organized collections are accompanied by lecture spaces, classrooms, educational kitchens, gyms, workshops, and music rehearsal rooms.
The design of the building is based on a set of geometric rules in plan, elevation and volume. A dynamic composition emerges from four highly symmetrical volumes and a simple square column grid of 7 x 7 meters. The structural frame is made of cast-on-site concrete. The ceiling grid is made of glulam hardwood. The building’s structural and technical concept was developed together with Arup. The design is complemented by an extraordinary plantation concept by Tita Giese.
|Client||City of Wolfsburg|
|Timeline||Competition 2013–2014, design development 2015– (on hold)|
|Size||Gross floor area 16 500 m², net usable area 10 500 m²|
|Cost||80 000 000 EUR (estimate)|
|Team||Klemen Breitfuss, Jussi Eskelinen, Matias Kotilainen, Thomas Miyauchi, Marlène Oberli, Simon Richardus, Rubén Tomás Verde, Lauri Virkola|
|Collaborators||HENN (project manager, local partner), Fugmann Janotta Partner Landschaftsarchitekten und Landschaftsplaner (landscape architect), Arup (structural engineer, building services engineer), Heinz Oberli (cost planning consultant), Tita Giese (horticultural consultant)|