New maths building

On the parking area next to Heinrich-Hecht-Platz, the new replacement building for the Mathematics Department has been constructed on the border to the Wissenschaftspark. In addition to classrooms and offices, the new building also house the joint library belonging to the Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science and the Computing Centre (Rechenzentrum). This new building became necessary as part of the safety and security requirements of the Anger buildings.

The contract for the construction has been awarded to a special-purpose entity (project company) of the bidding consortium Karstens / Höft (consisting of the companies Heinrich Karstens Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG, Kiel, and Höft Bauunternehmen GmbH, Flensburg). The consortium was successful with its bid for a compact building, which provides urban planning continuity with the adjacent Wissenschaftspark. In addition, it confines the Kiel University campus at Heinrich-Hecht-Platz (HHP).

The building has a forecourt in front of the south-western entrance. This enables access from HHP. This main entrance leads into the foyer, with a light-flooded atrium forming a central communication and interaction space. This in turn leads to open workspaces for students, as well as six classrooms. Quieter workspaces have been established in the galleries on the upper floors.

The central lecture halls as well as seminar rooms and multi-function rooms will be accessible via short connections to the foyer. A sculptural staircase will lead to the first floor - here will be the entrance to the joint library belonging to the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Computing Centre. The library will be spread over two floors and form the heart of the building, with its own generously-proportioned glass roof. The office spaces for CAU employees will be arranged in a ring shape along the façade of the first and second floors.

The building is being constructed within the framework of a Public Private Partnership (PPP). This is a contractually-regulated cooperation between the public sector and private sector companies. In terms of this agreement, the private sector partner assumes responsibility not only for the planning, construction, the financing and, for a limited period of time, the services of the building management. This means that after completion and commissioning, the private sector partner takes care of the maintenance and operation of the building, which reduces the burden on CAU resources.


Visualization of the new building for mathematics
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Visualization of the new building for mathematics

New building for Mathematics evolves at Heinrich-Hecht-Platz.

Key data:

Construction: 2020-2021
Construction costs: 15 million euros
Useable area: 2,723 sqm
Floors: 3
Architect: bbp Architekten bda