A sunny visit to the Fraunhofer Institute of Wood Research (WKI) construction site
At the TU Braunschweig campus, the Centre for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures (ZELUBA) of the Wilhelm Klauditz Institute is currently being built. The three-part building has been designed and is overseen during construction by ARGE ZELUBA, a firm consisting of the architecture practices DGI Bauwerk and schneider+schumacher. The visit was led by the two project architects, Mathias Handorf (DGI) and Malte Kittelmann (s+s). The scientific building features a modular hybrid design with large-size wooden prefabricated elements, appropriate to its intended use and character.
Following lunch at the cafeteria of the TU Braunschweig, the excursion continued to a variety of locations in the city. These were the TU campus with its architecture pavilion, the renovated gallery of the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, the former castle residence of Braunschweig as well as the Brutal Modern exhibition at the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum. Wolfgang Zwafelink, the former city construction councilor, led a tour through St. Leonhards Garten, a federal residential pilot project. Time between visits was spent chatting, eating ice cream and having drinks in the several green areas along the river.