The use of fire escape balconies has freed up more space in the interior of this new university building in Düsseldorf
J.MAYER.H is celebrating the completion of the new building of FOM University in Düsseldorf. The 8,000 sq m academic building with auditoriums, lecture halls, and seminar rooms will accommodate up to 1,500 students and staff. The non-profit FOM University is Germany's largest private university. The new building of the FOM University Düsseldorf provides the necessary space for the increasing numbers of students. Located in "Le Quartier Central", a newly planned, nearly completed, mixed-use area built on a former freight station in the centrally located Derendorf neighbourhood.
The building reflects on the infrastructural context of railway tracks, bridges, ramps and pedestrian connections in the building design. The building’s first floor connects to a bridge with a projecting platform, creating a link between the different urban levels. The outer staircases and fire escape balconies allow for the compact circulation areas inside the building. Some curved balconies are connected to outdoor stairs, making the escape route for the upper floors more efficient. The inside of the building opens up to a sculptural staircase, leading the generous foyer upwards to connect all four auditorium levels. Separate from the academic floors, the administration and the student information center are located on the 4th floor.