Texoversum, an education, research and innovation centre for the cross-cutting technology in the field of textiles, is being established on the campus of Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences. As part of an ensemble, the new building will be developed and implemented as part of the master plan for the expansion of the Reutlingen campus. The Texoversum is a powerful and at the same time communicative element in the urban context of the academic institution.
The design theme is reflected both structurally in the internal interweaving of functions and in the building envelope that creates its own identity. The unique façade made of carbon and glass fibres, the first of its kind to be implemented in this way, represents the innovative power and future viability of fibre-based materials and textile techniques. In a robotic winding process each individual facade element can be individually tuned to its functional requirements. Starting from five basic modules, the elements transform themselves according to their orientation toward the sun and form a unique, multi-layered appearance. The elements are completely self-supporting. Their staggered arrangement allows free views. In addition to the functional requirements as external shading devices and guard railing, the façade meets aesthetic and representative demands and creates a distinctive building that expresses textiles as a driving force for technology.
Permeability and networking as central elements of the architecture concept are continued in the conception of the building structure. In its inner structure, Texoversum is designed as an open, transparent building with split levels. The offset mezzanine levels, which are also visually interwoven via the atrium, connect the different areas of use with each other and form a spatial continuum that ends in a generous roof terrace. Visually, each level boasts an unmistakable industrial character with hard-wearing screed and polished concrete surfaces as well as a ceiling with exposed conduits. This open-plan design creates a collaborative workspace for the respective user groups, fostering open communication for an animated exchange of ideas.
Advisory process 2019, 1st prize
Design and drafting in cooperation with Menges Scheffler Architekten, Frankfurt und Jan Knippers Ingenieure, Stuttgart
Investor: Südwesttextil e.V. Stuttgart
Gross floor area: 4112 m²
Thomas, Sebastian (Project Leader)
Vogeley, Philipp (Lead)
Calavetta, Valerio (Project Leader)
bwp Burggraf + Reiminger Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, München (structural engineering)
Kubus 360 GmbH, Stuttgart (project management)
Glück Landschaftsarchitektur, Stuttgart (landscape design)
hhpberlin, München (fire proofing)
Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, München (energy technology)
Müller - BBM GmbH, Planegg (building physics)
FibR GmbH, Kernen (production)
Grauwald Studio, Berlin (visualization)