Modernisation of the Main University Building (UHG)

courtyard and entrance area of the university main building

Plans for the modernisation of the main university building are currently underway. On 19 March 2013 a consensus was reached on the main architectural design and the first phase of construction. The first area of construction started in 2014. The aim: a completely modernised building with attractive research, teaching, study and working conditions.

Through the financial support for the complete renovation of the building (which goes beyond just the repairing and sanitising the building) by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bielefeld University is in a unique position to create the spatial structures needed for the challenging demands of research, teaching, service and administration of the future.

The Starting position

More than in any other university in Germany, the successful development of Bielefeld University is closely connected with the architecture and unique structural features of its main university building, developed from 1969. The building, characterised by its high concentration of many functions in a compact space, short walking distances and its central university hall, is integral to the identity of Bielefeld University. [more...]

The Tasks Ahead

As the success and the identity of Bielefeld University are strongly connected to its architecture, from 1969, the University intends to preserve the philosophy and structure of the building during the process of modernisation. The modernised main university building (UHG) has to meet the new demands of a modern university infrastructure in a sustainable way for the future. Modernisation, then, doesn't mean a "totally new concept for the UHG", rather a "further development of what has already proved its worth with the addition of necessary changes." [more...]


The VOB procedure resulted in hiring the team of architects RKW/Meyer, based in Düsseldorf, as object planners and planners for further spatial planning. The panel of judges consisted of representatives from BLB, the State of North-Rhine Westphalia as well as the Rektor and Chancellor of Bielefeld University. [more...]