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House of Knowledge, construction site update
April 22, 2024

House of Knowledge, construction site update

One of the biggest, most challenging and exciting projects we've worked on so far? The House of Knowledge in Bochum. At the moment, something is changing almost every day on the construction site and the building process is progressing.

The status quo of the building demolition:

- North wing gutted up to ground floor

- North wing ceiling above ground floor is currently being demolished

- North wing courtyard façade removed down to ground floor

More updates to follow!

Credit: Herwig Niggemann, Stadt Bochum

We are celebrating 8 years of CROSS Architecture!
March 4, 2024

We are celebrating 8 years of CROSS Architecture!

We're celebrating: CROSS Architecture turns 8! Launched in 2016 and still going strong. We would like to thank everyone who has accompanied us on this journey. A lot has happened in the last eight years. Whether interesting projects, great moments with our team and colleagues and different challenges. We are looking forward to what the next years have in store for us.

The editors of zdf asked, we answered!
November 29, 2023

The editors of zdf asked, we answered!

The German government aims to build 400,000 new homes every year. However, this is still a long way off. The discussed introduction of building type E could help to build more simply, efficiently and quickly. But what is the situation in the Netherlands? What is different here and how does the government there deal with such construction projects? in their search for answers, the ZDFheute editorial team approached us.

With our German-Dutch DNA, we combine the "best of both worlds" - the experimental approach of the Dutch school of architecture with the technical precision of German building culture. Cornelius Wens and Markus Sporer visited the Netherlands with the ZDFheute team. Using a number of practical examples, they showed where the main differences in construction lie and what the German building regulations could possibly learn from the Dutch.

The result of the visit can be found in the zdf media library: www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute-sendungen

Polis Award for our House of Knowledge project
May 1, 2023

Polis Award for our House of Knowledge project

The House of Knowledge won first prize in the "Reactivated Centers" category.

We celebrated properly! A great success for the city of Bochum and the entire project team. Thanks to the laudator Cornelia Zuschke for the wonderful speech. We are delighted with the extremely positive response.

Laudatory speech by Cornelia Zuschke, Head of Planning LHD:

"Isn't it great when a local authority, as the owner of a property, takes the future of its city center into its own hands and also takes an unprecedentedly creative approach? Our winning project this year reflects exactly what we so often discuss as the city center of the future: a place where life takes place. A place that is public, that does not oblige the consumption of goods, but rather enables the consumption of encounters, education and enjoyment. A place that invites and encourages. A place where citizens feel wanted and visitors feel welcome. And all this between old and new architecture that sets completely new standards in terms of design. The jury is convinced that this year's winning project does a lot of things right and wishes all those involved in the project every success!"


The House of Knowledge "Baubude" is open!
March 16, 2023

The House of Knowledge "Baubude" is open!

At Willy Brandt Platz 8 - diagonally opposite the construction site - the "Baubude" for the House of Knowledge has opened.

The contact point for anyone who wants to find out more about the project can find pictures, plans and models of the House of Knowledge here. There is also the opportunity to walk through the virtual model on a large screen with a controller, look around and visit the roof terrace. The House of Knowledge Cargo Bike also brings the project to the city! The wooden model in 1/200 scale fits into the tailor-made model attachment and will be on display at various locations in Bochum. We are delighted with the many great ideas for communicating the project idea. After a visit to the Baubude, we recommend a stop at Cafe Oktober - best espresso in town!