Construction Projects

Expanding HPI

HPI aims to significantly expand its Griebnitzsee campus location and is planning to develop it into a university center of excellence in the field of digital engineering. The campus is to be expanded accordingly over the medium term. The Griebnitzsee campus is best situated for further development due to its proximity to the three already integrated HPI campuses. For this reason, a development plan procedure (No. 160 Westlicher Universitätscampus Griebnitzsee) is currently underway to determine the urban planning framework. In 2018, a new building was constructed and completed on Campus II. An additional extension building (Institute Building House L) was handed over to HPI by the Hasso Plattner Foundation at the end of 2021 in the front area of Campus I on August-Bebel-Strasse. This building will be used primarily for the new degree programs: Digital Health, Security Engineering, Data Engineering and Smart Energy. In addition to a lecture hall, seminar rooms, and offices, the building also accommodates numerous areas for servers and other IT infrastructure.

HPI Haus L-1

IFI Golm

The Hasso Plattner Foundation constructed a modern new building in Potsdam-Golm from 2019 to 2020: the Institute for Computer Science and Computational Science. This building was donated by the Hasso Plattner Foundation to the state of Brandenburg upon completion and handed over for use by the University of Potsdam in November 2020. In the future, the institute will house workplaces for around 100 employees and about 800 students. On the ground floor, there will be seminar rooms, two computer pools and a spacious self-study area. On the two upper floors, office workstations, group workrooms and laboratories for special computer technology installations are planned, as well as a central technical room for the institute’s extensive server technology. The completed new building was taken over by the University of Potsdam in March 2021.

Living at Brauhausberg

The site of the former swimming pool Bad am Brauhausberg, next to the Museum Minsk, has been acquired. Apartments here can be offered at a more favorable rent than is usual on the open market. The construction of approximately 130 moderately priced rental apartments is planned, and contributes to socially fair urban development.



The new building for HPI’s new departments was completed in just 2.5 years of construction and offers 4,400 square meters of total space, plenty of room for two modern lecture halls, seminar and video conference rooms, offices, a TV recording studio, a multifunctional hall, a cafeteria and a high-availability data center with a modern broadband network architecture.

HPI II, L-70

DAS MINSK Kunsthaus in Potsdam

Opened on November 7, 1977, the “Minsk” restaurant, built in the GDR modernist style, was intended to reaffirm the friendship between the GDR and the Soviet Union, and was set up in collaboration with artists from Minsk. The “Minsk” was very popular among Potsdamers and is associated for many with memories of celebrations and café visits with a view over the Brauhausberg hill. After the GDR formally ceased to exist, the restaurant was closed and fell into disrepair. However, civic engagement prevented plans for demolition from being carried out.

In spring 2019, the Hasso Plattner Foundation decided to purchase the Minsk. In January 2020, construction work began to transform it into an exhibition site for the foundation’s very popular GDR art collection. Completed in fall 2022, the building is home to modern exhibition spaces totalling 900m2 on two floors. On the upper floor, there is a café with an outdoor terrace, which will serve as a new meeting place for Potsdam.


Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika Building 

Started in 2020 and completed in 2022, the d-school building at the University of Cape Town is dedicated to the teaching and learning of design thinking. The four-story building is also the first academic building in Africa to receive a 6-Star Green rating. As such, it is a perfect place for design thinking, where students from different faculties meet, collaborate and innovate.   

D-School Building Cape Town