A dedicated campus in Kleve

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Reference: University Rhein-Waal
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
A young campus in Kleve

Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Established as late as 2009, the twin-centre Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences with campuses in the cities of Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort is comparatively young. And yet, by offering 28 degree programmes, for around 5,000 students, it has already become an attractive place to study in an urban setting. At its main location in Kleve, a completely new campus has been built as a “city within the city” at the harbour.

A young campus in Kleve

Ships and warehouses, once dominating the place, have made room for lecture halls, laboratories, and student life. Overall, 19 new buildings have been erected at the Kleve harbour extending to approximately 48,000 square metres, including a library, a language centre, a student service centre, lecture hall buildings, a student refectory as well as twelve institute buildings.

European tender and award process

Setting up the new campus of the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences has been rather straightforward. Following the selection of Kleve as the location for a university, it took less than ten months to launch the European tender and award process. The Land of North Rhine-Westphalia invested about 126 million euros in the campus built by the county of Kleve, whereas the city of Kleve carried out the preparatory work at the old harbour for the construction of the new buildings.

A city within the city

The design idea, drafted by nps tchoban voss architects, Hamburg, - winner of the tender - together with Hülsmann & Thieme architects, Kleve, and JKL landscape architects, Bramsche, is based on the concept of a “city within the city”. As a water axis and imaginary centre, the Spoy Canal represents the central line. The newly constructed university buildings are arranged on both sides of the canal in a modular sequence. Three buildings have a central function: the lecture hall centre in the east, adjacent to the former “XOX” company premises, the “repository of knowledge”, comprising the library, the language centre and the research centre, as well as the student refectory at the turning basin with a terrace and an accessible roof area.

As a former forwarders warehouse of the Allgemeine Speditionsgesellschaft AG, the listed “repository of knowledge”, with its impressive height and striking brick architecture, forms the widely visible conspicuous centre of the new university complex. Since the head ends of the new, predominantly detached buildings face the canal, the entire stretched-out campus opens up to its surroundings like a welcoming entity, like a small city, with the library representing the “city hall in the city”. The turned lecture hall centre in the east presents itself as a special place for communication and encounter with a lot of public space.

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14,500 square metres of roof area, subject to most various loads, everything within the concept of sustainability: The unique properties of the EVALASTIC membranes ensured reliable waterproofing of all buildings of the entire campus with one single system. EVALASTIC roofing membranes are root- and rhizome-resistant (FLL-tested) and could therefore not only be used for the gravelled areas but also for the green roof of the student refectory with its roof terrace.


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