Student accommodation experiment

Project E³ – Experiment - Experience - Evaluation was launched in 2013 in order to promote experimental construction and research at the Bauhaus University Weimar. The aim of the project was to design, plan and construct space modules for the campus itself on a step-by-step basis. This involved a number of the participating students teaming up with the construction industry.

Student accommodation experiment in brief

Planning: Bauhaus University Weimar / Professors of Living Environment Design (Prof. Dipl.-Ing. José Mario Gutierrez Marquez; Dr.-Ing. Till Boettger; Dipl.-Ing. Katharina Bonhag-De Rosa), Professors of Building Design (Prof. Mag. Arch. Michael Loudon; Dipl.-Ing. Marie-Theres Weiss; Dipl.-Ing. Christian Talg), Institute of Materials Research and Testing at Bauhaus University Weimar (Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Carsten Könke; Dipl.-Ing. Christoph von Gynz-Rekowski), Professor of Building Physics (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Helbig), ifb frohloff staffa kühl ecker, Dipl.-Ing. Henning Ecker, ARKUS Bauunternehmen, WBB AG, Pollmeier Massivholz GmbH & Co.KG, SPAX International GmbH & Co. KG, Paul Bauder GmbH & Co.KG, Maxit Baustoffwerke GmbH, MORIO & Co. GmbH, Heidelberger Zement, CFF GmbH & Co. KG, Freese Fussbodentechnik GmbH
Material: BauBuche GL 70 Beam


The project is to be developed on a step-by-step basis as an experimental student village in collaboration with bauhaus.ifex (Institute of Experimental Architecture) and MFPA Weimar (Material Research and Testing Institute). The students primarily work on the sustainability and design of different building materials. MFPA Weimar will develop and test innovative and sustainable lightweight building material systems specifically for the project.

Architecture students will work in the space modules created, where they will be able to subjectively experience the impact that the different building materials have on the atmosphere of the space. Through their involvement in the planning and design process, students can play a part in creating and subsequently self-managing their own workspace.

The modules are built from different systems, but are designed to ensure comparability. The aim is to produce a study that investigates and records the materials and production methods from their origin through to use in the system on site. Scientific evaluation of subjective and objective long-term data allows for a completely new user-related spatial assessment.

For the first space module, the students worked in collaboration with MFPA Weimar to develop large-format "CemCel" blocks for use in testing a monolithic wall construction with passive house standard compliance. As the building material is still in the development phase and is not yet certified, it was installed with a support structure made from "BauBuche". This internal load-bearing system made from BauBuche is an experiment in itself, and determines the atmosphere of the interior space. The construction material CemCel insulates and forms the outer skin.
Dr.-Ing. Till Boettger

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