Paulinum University Leipzig Building

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Paulinum University Leipzig Building

Higher Education Building in Saxony, Germany – design by Design Erick van Egeraat, architects

30 Nov 2017

University of Leipzig Building

Paulinum University Leipzig Building

Architects: (dEvE) Design Erick van Egeraat, NL

Official opening of the Paulinum University Leipzig

With the new main building, auditorium and Paulinum, designed by the Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat, the new University of Leipzig, founded in 1409 and the second oldest University of Germany, is now finally completed.

Paulinum University Leipzig Building

The official opening will take place on 1st of December 2017. Prime Minister of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich, will officially open the Paulinum, the last important part of the new campus.

Paulinum University Leipzig Building Paulinum University Leipzig interior

Erick van Egeraat says: “By far the most challenging project in my career so far. I am very delighted with the final result. It reflects every detail of our design intentions. Leipzig can be proud.”

Paulinum University Leipzig Building

Erick van Egeraat won the international competition in 2004. The new Paulinum of University of Leipzig is situated on the site of the former Pauliner Church, the only church to remain undamaged during the second world war. In 1968 the complex was willfully demolished by the former GDR regime. With the design made by Erick van Egeraat, decades of debate about the reconstruction of university’s Pauliner Church came to an end.

Paulinum University Leipzig Building Paulinum University Leipzig Building

Erick van Egeraat did not propose to rebuild the church stone by stone, but instead created a new building powerful enough to revive the memories of what once was. The inner-city University redevelopment consists of three main elements: the Auditorium (Paulinum), the Main Building (Augusteum) and the Audimax. While the main building opened its doors for the students several years ago, the interior of the auditorium is now officially open to the public.

The Aula with Vestry (Andachtsraum), a contemporary interpretation of the former University Church, is a multi-functional space and can be used – like the original church – both for services as well as for academic ceremonies, concerts and scientific conferences. With the original space and its cross vault as a reference, the vault construction is erected from a combination of white plaster works, crossing over into glass columns.

Paulinum University Leipzig Aula Building

Among others, the auditorium space features two integrated organs and the world’s highest transparent sliding doors. These doors with a height of 15,5 meter, divide the church space in two: the secular auditorium for a variety of events and the more contemplative space the so-called ‘Andachtsraum’. In this part of the building the Epitaphs, which were salvaged from the ruins of the demolished church are displayed properly restored.

Paulinum University Leipzig Aula Building

The impressive vaults with the glass columns – of which several column pairs do not continue to the floor to increase the functionality – ensure that the space, regardless of the glass sliding doors, can be experienced as a united whole.

Paulinum University Leipzig Aula Building

With the opening of the last part of the project – the Paulinum and ‘Andachtsraum’, the new Leipzig University located at the Augustusplatz in Leipzig, regains her dignified identity and rightfully reclaims her significance for the Leipzig, Germany and the world.

Erick van Egeraat’s new building for the University of Leipzig

The design for the new building for the University of Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany, is situated on the site of the former Pauliner Church, the only church to remain undamaged during the war, yet later demolished in 1968 during the former GDR regime.

Paulinum University Leipzig Aula Building

With his design Erick van Egeraat found a consensus for decades of debate about the reconstruction of university’s Pauliner Kirche. The inner-city University redevelopment consists of three main elements: the Auditorium, the Main Building and the Audimax.

Paulinum University Leipzig Aula Building

The Aula with Vestry (Andachtsraum), a contemporary interpretation of the former University Church, is a multifunctional space and will be used – like the original church – for church services as well as for academic ceremonies, concerts and scientific conferences.

Paulinum University Leipzig Aula Building

With the original church space and its cross vault as a reference, the vault construction is erected from a combination of white glossy and matte plaster work, crossing over into translucent and transparent glass columns.

Paulinum University Leipzig interior

The auditorium space has a number of special features such as an integrated organ and the world’s highest transparent sliding door consisting of two sections both with a height of 15,5m, which divides the church space in two: the more secular auditorium for different events, and the more contemplative so-called ‘Andachtsraum’, where the Epitaphs are displayed.

Paulinum University Leipzig interior

The vaults with the columns – where three column pairs do not continue to the floor in order to increase the functionality – ensure that the space, regardless of the sliding door, can be experienced as a whole.

Paulinum University Leipzig interior Paulinum University Leipzig interior

University of Leipzig building images / information from Erick van Egeraat Architects 301117

Erick Van Egeraat

Previously on e-architect:

21 Oct 2008
Erick van Egeraat’s new building for the University of Leipzig celebrates topping-out ceremony
University of Leipzig Building by EEA
image courtesy of architects
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