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.
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 moderately priced rental apartments in a central location contributes to socially fair urban development. The completion of the approximately 130 apartments is planned for 2023.
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.
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 being carried out.
In spring 2019, the Hasso Plattner Foundation decided to purchase the Minsk. As early as January 2020, construction work began to transform it into an exhibition site for the foundation’s very popular GDR art collection. Modern exhibition spaces totaling 900m2 are being created on the two main floors. On the upper floor, a café with an outdoor terrace is planned, which will serve as a new meeting place for Potsdam.
School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town
The d-school iconic building consisting of 3 floors will be the new multi-disciplinary and inter-faculty collaborative space on University of Cape Town’s Campus. A place where design thinking (innovation) happens, where students from all the different faculties feel invited, meet, collaborate and innovate. Building started in 2020 and occupation is planned in late 2022.