Zero-emissions university building completed with help from students

Zero-emissions university building completed with help from students

Photo by Inhabitat

A new building with exciting geometry and eco-friendly design is inspiring students at Leuphana University at Lüneburg, Germany.

Architect Daniel Libeskind recently completed the New Central Building, a landmark university structure designed in collaboration with the students as part of the tradition at Leuphana University to involve students in campus changes, reports Inhabitat.

Topped with a green roof and powered by renewable energy, the light-filled sculptural building will operate at zero emissions.

Created in the same gleaming and angular aesthetic common to Libeskind’s designs, the 13,000-square-meter zinc-clad New Central Building serves as a major university hub that promotes cross-disciplinary interaction and learning for students and faculty. The massive structure comprises four interlocking sculptural forms, each housing four programs: the Student Center that spans the height of the building; the three-story Seminar Center; the 1,100-seat Libeskind Auditorium; and the seven-story Research Center.

Students contributed to the design process in seminars at the university. Student participation spanned a wide spectrum, from the building and landscape design to the way-finding systems and interior design.

“The idea for this project was to create a hub that would inspire the students through multiple connected spaces, infused with natural light and exciting new geometries,” Libeskind said. “It was a true creative collaboration by incorporating students ideas about program and design elements into the final design.”

In addition to aesthetics and a community-oriented design, the new student hub focuses heavily on sustainability. The energy-efficient New Central Building is powered by renewable energy and includes green roofs that can be seen from the interior, a gray water system and an innovative structural Cobiax system.

The zero-emissions building exceeds the EnEV (Energieeinsparverordnung = Energy-Saving Regulation), a standard that sets energy requirements for new buildings in Germany and also serves as a demonstration project of the Bundeswirtschaftsministerium (Federal Ministry of Economy) for energy-optimized design.


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