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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

New C.A.R.L. auditorium at RWTH Aachen University in Germany by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

 
July 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects 

Today, one of the largest and most modern lecture facilities in Europe is officially inaugurated on the campus of RWTH Aachen University in Germany. The new 14,000m² facility named C.A.R.L. (Central Auditorium for Research and Learning) offers space for over 4,000 students and comprises 11 lecture halls, 16 seminar rooms, break-out spaces and cafés, as well as housing the University’s physics collection, storage spaces, workspaces and a large bicycle parking basement. The two largest lecture halls contain 1,000 and 800 seats within the new building.

Image Courtesy © Margot Gottschling and Michael Rasche

  • Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (Höhler+Partner Architekten)
  • Project: New C.A.R.L. auditorium at RWTH Aachen University
  • Location: Aachen, Germany
  • Photography: Margot Gottschling, Michael Rasche
  • Client: Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW Aachen
  • Engineers: Werner Sobek Stuttgart GmbH, Klett Ingenieur GmbH
  • Area: 14,000 m²
  • Status: Completed 2017

Image Courtesy © Margot Gottschling and Michael Rasche

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects design is part of the RWTH Aachen University’s major development strategy adding over 280,000 m² of additional space to the campus, which is to form one of the largest research campuses in Europe.

The new educational facility points to a more holistic understanding of learning and science and signals a humanistic approach focusing on the human scale. The C.A.R.L. is centrally located at the meeting point of Campus Mitte and Campus West.

Image Courtesy © Margot Gottschling and Michael Rasche

Image Courtesy © Margot Gottschling and Michael Rasche

The four storey lecture hall centre is conceived as a singular sculptural object, breaking with the city block structure by pulling back from the adjacent line of buildings and creating a plaza and green urban space surrounding it. The compact building comprises two solid masses united by an airy, transparent atrium cutting through the building in a ziggurat pattern. The large atrium integrates several informal spaces of various sizes to form squares and terraces for social activity and knowledge sharing.

Image Courtesy © Margot Gottschling and Michael Rasche

Image Courtesy © Margot Gottschling and Michael Rasche

“The central idea is the contrast between the inherently introverted auditoriums and the dynamic and open social circulation zone that connects the auditoriums. The two large stairs and connecting bridges will be the point for everyday ‘meet and greet’ of fellow students and lecturers,” says Founding Partner John Foldbjerg Lassen.

Image Courtesy © Margot Gottschling and Michael Rasche

Image Courtesy © Margot Gottschling and Michael Rasche

Image Courtesy © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Image Courtesy © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Image Courtesy © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Image Courtesy © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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