Kiel University celebrates roofing ceremony for the new Juridicum


The Juridicum marks the entrance of Leibnizstraße.


Visualisation Juridicum
© AGN Leusmann

New building for the Faculty of Law

Only eight months after laying the foundation stone, the shell structure of the new Juridicum for Kiel University (CAU) has been completed. The five-storey teaching, research and library building is the first new construction as part of the campus renovation programme. The state of Schleswig-Holstein is investing €32.9 million in the new building. The CAU’s share of the costs amounts to €0.8 million for the sustainability certification, and €1.7 million for service areas. The Juridicum will be the first building at the university to achieve gold certification in accordance with the national assessment system for sustainable building (BNB). Completion is planned for December 2019. Today (Wednesday 27 June), Minister of Science Karin Prien, GMSH Managing Director Frank Eisoldt, President of Kiel University Professor Lutz Kipp, and Vice Dean of the CAU Faculty of Law Professor Christoph Brüning, celebrated the ceremony with the construction companies. So far the state of Schleswig-Holstein plans to invest approximately €450 million in the renovation of the CAU campus, to be completed by 2026.

"With the construction of the new Juridicum for the CAU, we are well within budget and timetable, despite the difficult current conditions for public building projects - the contractors are at full capacity, and simultaneously suffering from a shortage of skilled workers. The key success factor for the Juridicum is the special team spirit and excellent collaboration demonstrated by all parties involved in this project. For this, I would like to thank all participating planners and construction companies, the CAU and the ministries," said GMSH Managing Director Frank Eisoldt.

Central component of the overall structural concept

"By 2026, two-thirds of our university campus will be completely revamped. The university is therefore Kiel’s largest urban development project in the coming decade," emphasised Professor Lutz Kipp on the occasion of the ceremony. "The Juridicum marks the beginning of the extensive construction work, especially in Leibnizstraße. We are proud that one of our oldest faculties is getting a modern teaching and research building, which will look spectacular and is, at the same time, a role model for sustainability!" Here, the quality of study - and with the service areas, also the quality of life - will be increased significantly. A new joint library will be established at the Juridicum. It will accommodate several specialised departmental libraries under one roof, and meet both scientific and student needs.

Minister of Science Karin Prien highlighted: "This new building is not just any new construction at the CAU, but rather a trend-setting landmark for the university. The Juridicium is a central component of the overall architectural concept." The new building makes the CAU more attractive for students and scientific staff alike, and "makes the importance of science in Kiel visible".

Photo gallery of the new building

Neubau Juridicum

Modern and innovative workplace, meeting place and educational institution

"On behalf of the Faculty of Law, I would like to say how pleased we are that we are getting such a modern and innovative working, meeting and training centre on the campus! This is not something to be taken for granted - particularly considering the costs - and is certainly also something very special in the 353-year history of the Faculty of Law. We are also especially delighted about the new building because we were consistently involved in the planning process, and therefore see our input reflected in the result. It is also gratifying that the various institutes and facilities now spread across numerous buildings can almost entirely be accommodated together in one faculty building. The university, and all of us, can look forward to stimulation of powerful research and sustainable teaching in the legal sciences in Kiel," said Professor Dr Brüning of the Faculty of Law.

Burkhard Mentrup, Managing Director of AGN Leusman, said: "The job for the architecture in constructing the Juridicum was demanded for generations: protect against the elements and create space for a variety of activities."

In future, the Juridicum will mark the new entrance to Leibnizstraße, and is oriented in terms of urban planning towards the existing four faculty blocks. With a length of 91 meters and a height of 21 meters, the new building will provide 7,200 square meters of floor space for research and teaching, and for part of the new joint library. This library as a whole will incorporate almost all of the departmental libraries for law and theology, as well as the languages and humanities. The main entrance to the Juridicum is located on Leibnizstraße, and leads into a foyer with lots of glass windows and an open staircase. There will be three seminar rooms on the first floor, which will be converted into library workplaces for students during the semester holidays, and will then be directly accessible from the joint library. The second floor will house the Dean's Office and the Examination Office. The core of legal research, with its 20 professorships, will be located on the second to fourth floors. A bookshop, copy service and a café with a bakery are planned for the ground floor.

Big construction projects at Kiel University

In addition to the new building for the Faculty of Law, several other big construction projects are planned during the campus renovation. This summer, the foundation stone will be laid for a five-story building for the Department of Geography. Construction will also start this year on the new Geosciences building, including a Geotechnikum. There is already a new building for the university's Central Animal Facility and the Institute of Physiology in the planning stages, as well as a new building for the Department of Mathematics and the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences. In addition, further refurbishment is planned for the existing faculty blocks. There will be a new medical research and teaching campus along Feldstraße, with a new lecture hall building and three new research buildings, the first of which should already be completed this year. Urban planning frameworks are currently being completed for the Faculty of Engineering on Ostufer (east bank), and for the area at Bremerskamp. Information is available at:

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