June 14, 2024

Frankfurt University opens a new building for cultural studies

Frankfurt University opens a new building for cultural studies

“It is a wonderful day,” said Goethe University President, Enrico Schleif, in light of the opening of two new university buildings on Wednesday. The new building for language and cultural studies on the Westend Campus has been handed over, while a new dormitory with 359 student places and 27 apartments for guest researchers is now available on the Riedberg Campus.

According to Schleif, the transfer of linguistic and cultural sciences is a big step toward completing the Westend Campus. Bringing disciplines together in one area is important because the big questions of our time can only be addressed together. The building should be a “palace of science” that fosters interactions between subjects, and also between science and society.

Good conditions for “small subjects”

Minister of State Aisha Asar (Die Grünen) of the Hesse State Ministry of Science and Arts emphasized the importance of the “small themes” moving into the new building. The community depends on its prospects, which is why the good conditions for research and teaching in the new building are satisfactory. Hesse State Finance Minister Michael Budenberg (CDU) said he is committed to promoting science because it is important to society. He highlighted the fact that the costs of the third construction phase of the Westend campus – around 120 million euros – were only 13 percent higher than the plan as a “great achievement”.

Planning and construction took nearly seven years, but completion was in the “academic quarter” despite the coronavirus pandemic and supply bottlenecks for building materials, according to Shlev. Architect Lutz-Matthias Kessling of BLK2 office said construction has not been halted due to these difficulties. He also highlighted the sustainability of the building. From the beginning, the university has demanded high energy efficiency and largely natural ventilation. The building also has a heating connection and a green roof. PV systems should be built there – only after completion, because there are subsidies only for existing buildings.

The new home for Languages ​​and Cultural Studies also houses 12 branch subject libraries, a cafeteria, and a student union. Thanks to the automatically closing door, the library’s workstations can be used until 10pm during the week without the presence of staff.

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