Germany’s largest private university gets a striking new center building.
2013 – 2017
The non-profit FOM University is Germany’s largest private university. With over 33 study centers in Germany and abroad, FOM University enrolls more than 55,000 working students, trainees and apprentices. FOM University’s new building provides the necessary space for an ever-increasing student body.
Le Quartier Central is a newly planned, nearly completed mixed-use area built on a former freight station in the centrally located Derendorf neighborhood. This setting is the new location for FOM University. The building can accommodate 1,500 students and reflects the infrastructural context of railway tracks, bridges, ramps and pedestrian connections in the building design. Its first floor connects to a bridge with a projecting platform, creating a link between the different urban levels. The outer staircases and fire escape balconies allow for the compact circulation areas inside the building. Some curved balconies are connected to outdoor stairs, making the escape route for the upper floors more efficient.
BildungsCentrum der Wirtschaft gemeinnützige GmbH
Partner in charge:
Jürgen Mayer H.
Ana I. Alonso
Architect on site: Starmans Architekturbüro
Structural Engineers: Thomas & Boekamp Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH
Building Service Engineers: Brockof Ingenieure
Building Physics: GFO Gesellschaft für bauphysikalische Objektberatung
Landscape Architects: Lützow 7
International Architecture Award 2018, winner