|Location||Campus Justus-Liebig-Universität, D-35390 Gießen|
|Building period||Under execution|
|Volume||GFA 12.000 m²|
|Procedure||Competition 2015, 1st Prize|
Recognizing the constant growth of knowledge, the design for the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen reflects an awareness that libraries are a manifestation of collections of information yet are simultaneously merely a fragment of a greater whole. The concept for the two-phase building project establishes a constant structure of room-like pillars, depicting a collection of knowledge that could theoretically be expanded ad infinitum. This structure furthermore allows for a room plan in which the life of the library unfurls freely around these pillars. In vivid contrast to this undirected, infinite structure, the design also develops the concept of unambiguity: A clear outline and orientation are essential to the modern library's functioning. The cascading stairway leads through the library in the form of an open diagonal space, creating visual connections and a clear orientation within the building, and at the same time directing readers towards the newly created campus square.