With the extensive campus modernisation, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) aims to intelligently combine necessary construction measures with its future vision. Now that the “ravages of time” have led to structural defects and the building style of the 1960s is no longer compatible with energy and ecological aspects, the RUB is taking the opportunity to reunite the architecture and spirit of the “universitas”.

The domino principle

To keep the university running during the modernisation we are relying on a “domino principle”:

  • A new building is constructed
  • The facilities of the adjacent building move into the new building
  • The then empty building is fully redeveloped
  • The facilities of the adjacent building move into the redeveloped building, and so on.

The modernisation of the I-row has started in this fashion with the construction of the new building ID/IDN, into which the facilities previously based in IC have moved. IC is being redeveloped, the areas of IB will move in, and so on. At the end, the last building to be vacated will be returned to the Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb (BLB).


For the realisation of the campus modernisation, the building contractor, the building and infrastructure service (Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb - BLB) of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the RUB have formulated framework conditions:

  • The campus is to be structured consistently from the perspective of the users;
  • The campus redevelopment is to be completed without interrupting the running of the university;
  • The campus redevelopment is to be based on a modular principle;
  • Research and teaching are to be separated in accordance with the specifications;
  • Each subject should as far as possible, be accommodated consecutively;
  • Each faculty should only move once, and as a whole;
  • The redevelopment is to follow a sequence that corresponds with the redevelopment needs.