Bremen University

Architecture
Jan Störmer, Hamburg/Germany

Planning time
1997 − 2000

Construction time
1998 − 2000

Services  by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering of loadbearing structure, facades and special structures (WP 1 − 6 acc. to § 64 HOAI)

GFA
1,200 m²

Client
Senator für Bildung und Wissenschaft, Kunst und Sport der Hansestadt Bremen/Germany

Photography
Andreas Keller, Altdorf/Germany

The central foyer of Bremen University has been roofed with a filigree-like steel/glass structure. All four elevations and the entire roof area of the entrance hall are glazed. The hall is 15 m high and has plan dimensions of 22 m by 43.5 m. The roof support structure is carried by 6 vee-supports in the foyer area and a further six supports on the existing building. The elevations of the hall feature 39 vertical and equally spaced steel cables running between the edge of the roof and ground level; these are the only primary load-bearing elements of the façade. This façade, which is solely formed by vertically tensioned cables, is the first of its type.