SPREEN ARCHITEKTEN: Ulm University of Applied Sciences - best architects 23


Ulm University of Applied Sciences

best architects 23

education buildings


Ulm, Germany


Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel


The university’s spare, signet-like new building blends in harmoniously and matter-of-factly with the natural surroundings of Ulm’s «Science City» with its magnificent scenic views. The circulation concept with three vertical access options inside the building ensures clear orientation and short routes. Vertical load transfer and bracing are provided by a support structure of in-situ concrete slabs and wall panels made of semi-precast concrete components. The high-quality, robust exposed concrete ceiling, wall and floor surfaces contrast with oak wall elements and expansive oak windows. Varied installation depths for the windows on the outer façades (flush with the inner layer) versus the inner courtyards (flush with the outer layer) lend the building a distinctive appearance. An intelligent coupling of energy flows with the Science City’s energy grid is part of the innovative energy concept, the application of which is in keeping with the university’s research and teaching in subjects such as energy technology. The building was developed to meet the Efficiency House Plus standard and earned BNB certification in silver for sustainable construction. The great clarity and simplicity of the building’s structure will bring lasting value for the university and great flexibility of use, while the pared-down materials and bright and friendly interiors create a very pleasant and open atmosphere for research and teaching.