Bielefeld, DE


Multidisciplinary Planning, Project Management, Architecture, Building Services, Building Physics, Energy Concept


BLB NRW Bielefeld


14.743 m² GFA | 63.152 m³ GV

Construction costs

EURO 23.4 million

Project term

December 2009 – February 2013

The new Interactive Intelligent Systems building (FBIIS) in the Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) excellence cluster forms the center of the University of Bielefeld’s expansion on the Nord campus. The research building plays host to scientists from various disciplines such as IT, biology, sports science, linguistics, psychology and physics in 17 different groups, who collaborate across departments in developing technical systems. Exchange and communication between the groups of researchers are essential for the success of the world-leading institute.

The way the building is structured creates the perfect atmosphere for this to happen. Our planning team has developed a concept which makes it possible to link all workflows together. In contrast to the streamlined, monolithic exterior, the interior is a picture of liveliness, which provides researchers with plenty of space for their varied work and for an informal exchange of views. In addition to the research laboratories, the new building offers administration areas, meeting zones, conference rooms and an auditorium for 200 people.

Universität Bielefeld CITEC Bielefeld

The building is divided into a ground floor, three upper floors and a basement. The layout of the ground floor is characterized by three inner courtyards and an open stairwell. Communication zones are woven together through the interaction between cubicle offices, combi offices and open-plan offices. The open stairwell, glazed inner courtyards and transparent wall units are also designed to get users interacting with one another.

Universität Bielefeld CITEC Bielefeld

A highlight is the compact, black-coloured façade made from ventilated precast reinforced concrete units with clearly structured horizontal bands of light. They make a major contribution to the imposing, solid appearance of the monolithic building and reflect its linear architecture.