Students are not a very financially strong target group. And so providing affordable accommodations is more of a social endeavour than a profitable business move. Bielefeld is a university city in northwestern Germany where about 23,000 students live every year. Temporary residents need affordable, furnished living space that also makes possible a high quality of life.
This type of living space has now been built in the north of the city, about 10 minutes by bicycle from the University of Bielefeld, in a quiet residential area. The available construction site is situated in an area of single-family homes and flat blocks, bringing with it strict urban development requirements for the architects. The facility was to be built on a limited lot of 7,000 m2. And so a very compact structure was created, consisting of five different buildings with 163 barrier-free residential units for 235 students.
To keep the structures from becoming too weighty, the architects developed a special design concept for façades and open space: Intervening spaces between the individual buildings and details on the façade lighten up the overall appearance.