The ICMC in Cottbus. The most Innovative Library of Europe

cottbus-libraryI propose an article written by Dagmar Giersberg for the Goethe Institute about The Information, Communication and Media Center (ICMC) at Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus.  Former Library of the year in 2006, the heart of innovation in Communication and Media is located in Germany and open to everyone.


An amoeba is a single-celled animal which constantly changes shape. The curvilinear forms typical of these amorphous creatures were the inspiration for Basle-based architects Herzog & de Meuron when they came to design Brandenburg Technical University’s new library.


Inside, the seven upper and two basement levels of the library are all different in design: only their external form stays the same.


The Information, Communication and Media Center (ICMC) at Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus creates close proximity between areas which other universities have traditionally kept apart – in both physical and institutional terms.


Behind the milky glass façade, imprinted with letters from many alphabets, the library, multimedia centre, computer centre and data processing unit all work hand in hand.


The building’s unique asymmetrical shape may appear arbitrary, but is actually a purposeful configuration of many different flows of movement, determined by models that worked out the sequences and tested their quality.

The structure was designed for the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, which was founded in 1991 following the reunification of Germany.


Find out more about the building here


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