Rebuilding the Social Sciences
Study Centre of the University of Hamburg
Social Sciences Study Centre is situated in the so-called 'soc.sec
bunker', a 'seventies concrete-frame construction on the ground floor
of C Building, Faculty 2 ( Economic and Social Sciences ).
special-studies advice department, the examination-board
administration, its registration department as well as the direct
servicing of some 7,000 students number among the Study Centre's
remits. Because of the high crowd-density during busy stretches such
as examination periods and essay-deadline times, a well-structured
and spatially overseeable siting of its functions acquires great
significance. The re-alignment and rebuilding involved must therefore
have the optimisation of activities and the creation of
straightforward visual orientation as their goals.
will now be led directly to the new information point effected by the
repositioning of the main entrance in the central area between the
two logistical cores. This starting-point is placed immediately in
the visitors' field of vision on entering the building. The curving
shape of the accompanying walls literally washes the visitors along
to the information point. Here, they can obtain information or sit on
the slightly-curved benches in the waiting area and get ready for a
consultative meeting with their appropriate case-worker. A numbered
ticket system will ensure that this process runs smoothly.
to the advice bureaus in the controlled interior is available on
either side of the information point. This interior is spatially
defined by a giant oval form in which a copy room, a tea kitchen and
a chat room are situated next to the information point. The advice
bureaus are ranged along the three outer facades surrounding the oval
installation. Daylight falls through the glass office doors and
reaches the interior, thus providing a bright, friendly atmosphere.
Transom windows above the glass doors can be opened individually to
allow cross-ventilation when required.
new emergency exit was built into the west facade to improve the
evacuation of the bureau area.