- blocher partners
- Grabenstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg
- Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg - Amt Mannheim und Heidelberg
- Reconstruction and modernization of the heritage-protected university rooms
- 15,000 sqm
Historic heritage, contemporary design | With its 14 lecture theatres, the new auditorium and the senate hall, the New University is the most significant lecture building complex in the historic city of Heidelberg. Blocher Blocher Partners renewed façades and roof surfaces, renovated large parts of the architecture including the lecture theatres and fundamentally modernised the building infrastructure, amongst others. Another task of the renovation was to redesign the inner courtyard and its opening towards the university square - only a few steps from the historic town. By integrating a Public Box, a glass pavilion, and thus an opening of the existing façade, a flowing visual transition was created from the outer to the inner and vice versa.
The Federation of German Architects honoured the careful conversion of the historic building with the Hugo-Häring Award. The jury explained, that all interventions and new interpretations raised the already high, existing quality of the buildings which led to a qualification at a higher level.