Neubau Hensen-Höber-Haus
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The 5-storey new building combines a variety of different uses of the CAU animal husbandry and the Institute of Physiology under one roof. This new replacement building has become necessary within the framework of the Anger buildings hazard prevention. The building became necessary as a replacement building within the framework of the Anger grounds.

In addition to office, research and living areas, the building also houses seminar and practical rooms, measuring rooms for physiological examinations on test subjects, workshops, storage and technical rooms. The U-shaped building meets the high demands of the location with regard to the integration of different users, the protection of historical monuments, networking within the campus area of the university and the renovation of the building ground.

The building volume creates a new presence on the university campus with its multi-folded gable roof, a clearly structured façade construction of rear-ventilated glass-fibre concrete panels with horizontal window elements, the formation of a protected inner courtyard and the attractive entrance situation for the Institute of Physiology and the CAU Animal Husbandry cut into the structure. The new building with its animated roof form is visually bound together and enlivened in its asymmetry by the arrangement of the recurring horizontal window formats. The areas dedicated to teaching and thus more public are readable through large glazed areas in the façade.

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Key data:

Construction: 2018-2025
Construction costs: 71 million euros
Useable area: 4,500 sqm
storeys: 5
Architect: doranth post architekten GmbH

Victor Hensen

A physiologist, doctor and marine biologist, Hensen was a pioneer of what were in his day the fledgling natural sciences. He introduced the term "plankton". Höber studied medicine, inter alia, in Kiel. After his doctorate in 1859 he taught at Kiel University, initially as a prosector and from 1864 to 1911 as professor of physiology. Victor Hensen's work in marine biology was the basis for the later establishment of the chair in planktology in Kiel.

Rudolf Höber

The studied physician became research associate at Kiel University in 1909, where he was appointed Professor of Physiology in 1915. Previously, he had attracted the attention of his expert colleagues with his book "Physical chemistry of cells and tissues". In this publication, he undertook the attempt to trace biological phenomena back to physiochemical phenomena, and to analyze them. From 1930 to 1931 he was rector of Kiel University. Shortly thereafter, in 1933, the scientist is forced to retire due to his Jewish descent. He emigrates via England to the USA.

Rudolf Otto Anselm Höber in the Kiel Scholar Register