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CARL Auditorium at RWTH Aachen University Building

Development in Aachen, Germany design by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

post updated 1 May 2024

Design: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Location: Aachen, Germany

Inauguration of the new C.A.R.L. auditorium at RWTH Aachen University in Germany

CARL Auditorium

8 June 2017

CARL Auditorium

One of the largest and most modern lecture facilities in Europe is officially inaugurated on the campus of RWTH Aachen University in Germany. The new 14,000 sqm facility named C.A.R.L. (Central Auditorium for Research and Learning) offers space for over 4,000 students and comprises 11 lecture halls, 16 seminar rooms, break-out spaces and cafés, as well as housing the University’s physics collection, storage spaces, workspaces and a large bicycle parking basement. The two largest lecture halls contain 1,000 and 800 seats within the new building.

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects design is part of the RWTH Aachen University’s major development strategy adding over 280,000 m² of additional space to the campus, which is to form one of the largest research campuses in Europe.

CARL Auditorium

The new educational facility points to a more holistic understanding of learning and science and signals a humanistic approach focusing on the human scale. The C.A.R.L. is centrally located at the meeting point of Campus Mitte and Campus West.

The four storey lecture hall centre is conceived as a singular sculptural object, breaking with the city block structure by pulling back from the adjacent line of buildings and creating a plaza and green urban space surrounding it. The compact building comprises two solid masses united by an airy, transparent atrium cutting through the building in a ziggurat pattern. The large atrium integrates several informal spaces of various sizes to form squares and terraces for social activity and knowledge sharing.

“The central idea is the contrast between the inherently introverted auditoriums and the dynamic and open social circulation zone that connects the auditoriums. The two large stairs and connecting bridges will be the point for everyday ‘meet and greet’ of fellow students and lecturers,” says Founding Partner John Foldbjerg Lassen.

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CARL Auditorium at RWTH Aachen University – Building Information

Client: Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW Aachen
Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Höhler+Partner Architekten
Engineers: Werner Sobek Stuttgart GmbH and Klett Ingenieur GmbH

Other consultants:
Kempen Krause Ingenieurgesellschaft
Gade Mortensen Akustik A/S
Erben GmbH
3+ Freiraumplaner

Competition: 2009, 1st prize in invited international competition
Area: 14,000 sqm
Status: Completed 2017

CARL Auditorium

Photographers: Margot Gottschling and Michael Rasche

CARL Auditorium at RWTH Aachen University images / information received 080617

Location: Aachen, Germany, western Europe

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