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Uni.lu and André Losch Fondation unveil future “The Cloud” building

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Published on Monday, 11 October 2021

The construction is commissioned to the Japanese architects SANAA.

The University of Luxembourg and André Losch Fondation have presented today the project for the new University auditorium “The Cloud - Inspired by André Losch”. The building, which will act as gateway to the Kirchberg campus, is due to be delivered by 2025.

Following a limited architectural competition, the design of the auditorium was awarded to the internationally renowned Japanese architects firm SANAA. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Luxembourg architectural firm Fabeck Architectes.

“The Cloud” will occupy a privileged location on Boulevard J.F. Kennedy and will serve as a reference point for the urban development of Kirchberg campus. The building will have a total surface area of ​​approximately 4,000 m². It will include classrooms, seminar rooms, practical training rooms, two auditoriums (with 40 seats each) and a large conference room for 450 people. It will also have several multifunctional rooms, offices and catering facilities.

Entirely funded by André Losch Fondation, the new auditorium will be transferred to the State after its completion and then made available to the University of Luxembourg. The University will use it for teaching purposes and to organise scientific and cultural events.

An architectural landmark

Prof. Stéphane Pallage, rector of the University of Luxembourg, said: “It is with great delight that the University accepts this very generous donation from the Fondation. The University is proud of the partnership we established with the Foundation over the years. The new multipurpose auditorium will significantly improve the University's infrastructure on its Kirchberg campus. It is a building on a human scale whose transparency reflects the University's openness to society, as well as the impact of teaching, science and research.”

Pit Reckinger, president of André Losch Fondation, said: “It is with great emotion that we announce today the construction of the auditorium for the University of Luxembourg. This flagship project of our Fondation was started by its founder André Losch. It conveys his vision to act for the young in the field of education and for the advancement of knowledge. We are overwhelmed by the University’s enthusiasm and by the support of the state.”

SANAA: iconic achievements

SANAA was founded by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and has built its reputation on prestigious achievements such as the Samaritaine in Paris, the Sydney Modern Art Gallery, the Grace Farms nature and cultural centre in Connecticut, the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, the Naoshima Port Terminal in Japan and the Rolex Learning Centre in Lausanne. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa were awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010.

In addition to SANAA, the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Copenhagen-based firm BIG were invited to participate in the architectural competition organised by the Fondation. The jury was chaired by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and included representatives of the Fondation, the mayor of Luxembourg City, the president of the Fonds d'Urbanisation et d'Aménagement du Plateau de Kirchberg and the deputy director of the Administration des Bâtiments Publics. The University of Luxembourg was represented by its rector, Prof. Stéphane Pallage.

André Losch Fondation: a long-standing partner of the University

André Losch Fondation is a long-standing partner of the University of Luxembourg and has in particular supported research programmes related to Parkinson's disease carried out at the University’s Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB). The Fondation also recently participated in the funding of research projects related to COVID-19 and of food vouchers for students to counteract the effects of the pandemic.

© Image: SANAA / Fabeck Architectes

 

André Losch Fondation

André Losch Fondation is a Luxembourgish non-profit foundation, recognised as being of common interest, and supports projects in the fields of education, health, scientific research and social cohesion. Its activities are particularly focused on initiatives in favour of young people. For more information: www.loschfondation.lu

 

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