HPP Architects, in cooperation with KRAFT.RAUM.Landschaftsarchitekten, win the second prize in the competition for the construction of the new campus for mathematics and computer science at the Westphalian Wilhelm University Münster, organized by the building and real estate management NRW, branch office Münster.
The design consists of four structures and follows the guiding principle of an integrative campus that offers a communicative working, learning and scientific environment for students, teachers and researchers on different levels. The corner of the site facing Coesfelder Kreuz is accentuated by a twelve-storey high-rise building that houses the Department of Mathematics, while the building for the Institute of Computer Science in the southeast forms a forecourt situation on Hittorfstraße. The building, which houses the Institute of Didactics, creates a north-western entrance on Wilhelm-Klemm-Straße. All buildings are grouped around the green campus centre. A generous diagonal across the square connects both entrances with each other and the new Natural Science Centre with the nearby castle grounds. The design also focuses on the exchange between all users and offers a variety of communication, interaction and meeting areas, including central atriums that extend over several floors. The jury particularly praised the harmonious composition of four independent building blocks as particularly successful. In the interplay with the urban situation, a coherent campus situation of old and new buildings is created that seems almost natural - the urban space is enhanced by the ensemble without competing with the more prominent high point of the university hospital.