Constance University library
|Builder||Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg|
|Architect||Arbeitsgemeinschaft ERNST² Architekten AG / mbfrank architektur, Stuttgart|
||Inka Reiter, Michael B. Frank|
|Door systems||fully glazed door|
The renovation and redesign of the Constance university library won a number of awards, including the BDA prize and the Hugo Häring award.
From the minutes of the Hugo Häring prize committee: "The entrance lobby of the ground floor of the structuralist university building from the 1960s to 70s, which was originally dark and badly built, has been modernised: with new lightness, fresh colours and with a layering of different possible uses. The new lightness from a set of different lights and illuminated walls with subtle use of colours means one can quickly forget
that one is on a floor without any natural daylight. The layering of different uses with the whole pot-pourri of provisions for the students gives rise to a playful, relaxed study atmosphere with space for interaction and unexpected encounters."
All-glass walls of System 3400 in red, green, blue and orange divide up the rooms and take very different shapes. This has created rooms for a variety of different uses that are both communicative and discreet. There is "visual communication" between the areas, with fascinating visual reference, and the atmosphere is pleasant.