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Friday, April 19, 2019

Peter Böhm, Philosophy Seminar in Münster (Germany)

In a privileged enclave between the river Aa and the cathedral square of the city of Münster, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a new construction called the ‘Philosophikum’ forms a unity with the preexisting seminar building and connects with it through a glass atrium.

The German firm Peter Böhm Architekten has designed this rectangular prism which on an urban level delimits a new cathedral square, its facade imitating the image of a library bookcase and hence expressing the block’s internal function. An atrium connects the new construction to the old building, which contains the spaces to be used for seminars and offices, and both parts look into this thin void where one finds the stairs leading to the reading rooms. The rooms open directly onto the central space, creating a feeling of openness and facilitating natural ventilation.

The uniform character of the complex is reinforced through a single materiality, with brick facades coated with mortar of sand-colored cement-lime mortar. Sustainability is the main objective of the intervention, which is designed to produce energy with renewable sources.
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