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HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance

HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance
HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance, Courtyard. Image © HPP Architects
Courtyard. Image © HPP Architects

HPP Architects has won a competition to extend the campus of Cologne's University of Music and Dance. Chosen over 13 entries, the winning design will enclose a site in the Kunibertsviertel, close to Cologne’s railway station, and transform it into an "attractive" urban area. The plan, deemed by the jury to be a "clear example of a successful urban remedy," also calls for the conversion of an existing building into an animated concert and dance hall.

"The new building, a compact large format structure, will have its own character. The two new city spaces created, with their clear contours will aid the enmeshing with the existing structures and underscore the campus concept,” says HPP Partner Remigiusz Otrzonsek.

Entrance Hall. Image © HPP Architects
Entrance Hall. Image © HPP Architects

Enveloped with a perforated aluminum skin patterned after the perforated cards used to store electronic music in the early part of the 20th century, the refurbished building will be punctuated by large openings that place dancers on display. Inside, light warm tones of the wooden interiors will emulate the “light atmosphere" of the scheme's public spaces.  

Section. Image © HPP Architects
Section. Image © HPP Architects
Concert Hall. Image © HPP Architects
Concert Hall. Image © HPP Architects

In total, the building will be comprised of a 400-seat concert hall, dance studios, additional space for the university library, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, and administration space. It will provide Germany's largest conservatory and serve as a landmark on the site. 

Construction is slated to being in 2018.  

Ground Floor. Image © HPP Architects
Ground Floor. Image © HPP Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cologne, Germany
  • Partner in Charge

    Remigiusz Otrzonsek
  • Competition Team

    Robert Bönsch, Henning von Bonin, Kathrin Fach, Melanie Scholz, Daniel Stollfuß, Kurt Wimmer, Anabel Zawisla
  • Client

    Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW Köln
  • General Contractor

    HPP International Planungsgesellschaft mbh, Düsseldorf
  • Landscape Design

    Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, Berlin
  • Structural Engineer

    schlaich bergermann und partner – sbp gmbh, Stuttgart
  • Building Services

    INNIUS RR GmbH, Rosbach
  • Building Physics

    Peutz Consult GmbH, Düsseldorf
  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2018
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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance" 18 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/643808/hpp-selected-to-redesign-cologne-s-university-of-music-and-dance/> ISSN 0719-8884

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