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Student residential - Bietigheim-Bissingen IP 2

Project deals with the abandoned building and new use: Student residential. Of course, the quality of living is the main criterion

Student residential – Bietigheim-Bissingen

The task deals with the abandoned building and new use.
A student hall of residence is to be built in the existing building. Various requirements are set: Decision as to whether the existing building is to be retained; individual rooms should be as small as possible; large open-air space for all students; the high quality of living; and others

The entire building is divided into two simple building blocks.
Communal area, individual area, which is grouped by means of an intersecting circulation area. While the main covered access is on the south-eastern side facing the existing building, the second access is from the north-western side. Both developments tie into the central circulation area. All communal and private spaces are lined up along the circulation area. The upper floor is accessed by a staircase with a barrier-free lift on the southern corner, opposite the main access. The circulation area on the upper floor is congruent with the area below. This creates equality between all users and a clear structure with a very good orientation.

The uses are divided into two superordinate fields.
The communal field comprises the sports and wellness zone on the ground floor with a small kitchen, a bicycle room, a large garden, a laundry room, several storage areas, and other smaller uses, and on the upper floor the work/communication area and a large kitchen with a dining room connected to the large terrace. The private field comprises five living boxes on each floor with direct access to a long balcony connecting the five boxes. Wood was specified as the material and positively accepted. Every possibility to choose wood as a material was seized and realized. Thus, the entire construction next to the existing building and the new foundation is made of solid construction timber, softwood, and the visible parts of South Tyrolean mountain larch. All insulation, where possible, is also made of the basic material wood. Compact, repetitive, and prefabricated construction methods are used. In addition, the material is not glazed and undergoes its natural process of change.

The facade of vertical panels emphasizes the material and brings it closer to the users and surroundings.


This project became the Best of2021.

Sonny Kwiatkowski | Architecture