“Haus des Wissens”

Bochum
Architects
CROSS Architecture
Location
Bochum
Year
2026
Client
Stadt Bochum
Team
Jan Kranenburg, Maria Benovska, Katharina Heinze, Larina Fassler, Steffen Stupp, Zeju Mou, Yamac Ölcer, Carinne Lobo Rodrigues, Pit Dörrwächter, Marco Engelen
Competition
2019, 1st prize
Architect
CROSS Architecture
TGA
Walter Maier Ingenieure GmbH
Structural engineering
WSK Ingenieure GmbH
Fire safety
Kempen Krause Ingenieure
Costs
Höhler + Partner
Gross floor area
approx. 11.400 sqm

The EU-wide architectural competition of the city of Bochum, to which CROSS Architecture was invited, envisions the conversion and transformation of the former post office building in the city centre into the "House of Knowledge". A multifunctional building is to be constructed, combining the four themes of the city library, adult education centre, UniverCity and market hall under one roof. The formulated goal of the city of Bochum was to maintain an open, metropolitan meeting place that sets standards for lifelong learning, discovery and experience.

The proposal by CROSS - "A House for All", which focuses on the user and also establishes the roof garden as a Learning Space - emerged as the winner and thus prevailed in competition with numerous internationally renowned architectural firms.

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