Hamburg University of Fine Arts gets new building

A competition with Europe-wide participation was to call for the greatest possible potential in architectural quality for the extension of the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. The light-space proportion and functionality, which are important for artistic production facilities, as well as the urbanistic appearance of the planned building played a decisive role in the selection. 15 renowned architectural firms – such as Staab, Kuehn Malvezzi, gmp, Brandlhuber+, Winking und Froh, Caruso St. John – submitted their designs for the extension. The winners of the competition are the Hamburg architects Winking – Froh Architekten BDA.

Hamburg University of Fine Arts gets new building

The new building is to be constructed in the form of a “refined shell” directly adjacent to the listed Fritz Schumacher building on Lerchenfeld. The workshop building has a gross floor area of 2,900 square metres and is to be designed as a robust, simple workshop building and provide additional studio space for the various study areas of the HFBK. In view of the increasing number of students, the space available at the HFBK is already no longer sufficient, so that the new building is to be realised quickly using intelligent designs and robust materials. On four floors, generous studio space for 12-master classes as well as multi-purpose exhibition rooms on the ground floor will be created. The rooms for the students’ artistic work will be assigned to different professors of the HFBK. On the ground floor of the building, open gallery spaces are being planned to complement the existing exhibition spaces in the historical main building of the HFBK, which will take into account a variety of usage requirements.

Hamburg University of Fine Arts

Hamburg University of Fine Arts © Winking Froh Architekten GmbH

The immediate vicinity of the listed main building of the HFBK by Fritz Schumacher from 1911 – 1913 was taken into consideration in the planning. In view of this prominent building task, special emphasis was placed on the architectural concept and the urbanistic appearance.

By summer 2021, the extension is to be built on the HFBK campus at Lerchenfeld. A total budget of five million euros is available for the realisation.

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