The core question – how such a large volume is to be incorporated into the urban fabric – is responded to by placing an overform form, which encloses a precious garden, along the street in a relaxed way.
Public space serves to give a definite form to the applied arts and sciences university building, which has a clear identity. The robust architecture is characterized by simplicity and assertiveness. Tree-trunk-like structures–branching upwards and materialized in different indigenous woods–articulate the façades, spaces, and garden. The placement of the trunks of various thicknesses corresponds to the clear grid of the interior spaces. The verticality and varying depths of the façades make the presence of the campus agreeable despite its large scale.
The garden has been developed as a grove-like structure featuring different local forest trees and forms a semi-transparent space, a valuable bosquet, which contrasts with the urban stony space. On a semantic level, the façades, which are similarly designed on both sides, disassociate the garden and street façade and enable the building volume to appear as a whole.