The new quality of learning
The aim is for the HSG Learning Center to be an innovative place to think and work, paving the way for new ways of learning and interaction between students, lecturers and people with practical backgrounds. The HSG aims to create a new quality of learning based on an educational concept in order to prepare students in the digital age in the best possible way for their professional duties at a later stage. The HSG Learning Center is seen as an ecosystem for the further development of the learning and teaching culture at the University of St.Gallen.
Open Grid – Open Mind
A cosmos of interaction
Prof. Dr. Bernadette Dilger
The future of learning and teaching at the HSG
Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister
Your support makes a valuable contribution to the progress of the University of St.Gallen and supports the development of new, innovative training concepts for the economy of the future. Thank you very much!
Innovative learning and teaching for the digital age is developed in the HSG Learning Center.
Over 8,500 students benefit from the HSG Learning Center.
The costs of approximately 60 million Swiss francs are fully financed by private benefactors.
Clear words from those involved in the project: Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil (president of the panel of experts), Prof. Dr. Bernadette Dilger (expert providing the educational concept for the Learning Center) and Luca P. Serratore (president of the student body) – #3questions
Prof Dr. Marc Angélil, president of the panel of experts
Prof. Dr. Bernadette Dilger, expert providing the educational concept for the Learning Center
Luca P. Serratore, president of the student body
Digital transformation, artificial intelligence and process automation – the professional world of the future will pose completely new challenges for those involved in it. Core learning content must therefore focus on skills in the future, whereby people remain inherently superior. Logical thinking and problem-solving, social and emotional skills, advice and creativity. The HSG Learning Center provides the platform for this educational vision, which develops new and unique learning and teaching formats for the next generation.
«The HSG Learning Center will become a nucleus for the new learning.»
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bieger
President of the University of St.Gallen
«Personalities with responsibility today are committed to personalities with responsibility in the future.»
A continuous path of learning with functional resting places as part of the daily routine. Connected and unbroken
A stage for many activities, such as conferences, lectures or collective learning – multifunctional and flexible..
A democratic space with no hiding in which everything is easy to see, easy to find and easy to reach..
Greenness is mixed among the learners. Nature becomes part of the study environment. The activities connect indoor and outdoor space.
The new Learning Center has two upper floors, a ground floor and a basement with a total area of approximately 7000 square metres. The square proportions and flat floor permit a high level of flexibility and functionality for a dynamic learning environment. The architectural concept is based on the geometric grid, allowing a free interpretation of every room and the creation of organic processes.
Workshop and innovation areas
Everything flows together here in the atrium: as an open hub, the impressive room height provides a rapid spatial overview. The structural requirements for very different room concepts and applications both public and university-based – are already recessed in the floor.
Rooms for collaboration and rest areas
The cloister rises above the atrium and floods it with light. Spaces in between with lounges and small kitchen units provide freedom of movement while modular partitions respond to the versatile space requirements of panel discussions, lectures or examinations.
The media and reading rooms are places of peace and concentration. Light floods into the atrium from above and the view onto the terraces opens up the horizon to the outside. Individual work areas, discrete lounges for dialogue and smaller group rooms here enable focused learning and the planning of content.
The architectural concept of the HSG Learning Center incorporates two elementary components: the grid and the organism. The grid provides a stable foundation for organic growth and the clarity at the beginning of innovative processes. The modular building concepts, which are acoustically and visually interlinked with each other, combine to form dynamic zones, creating space for adaptation, interpretation and combination.
Embedded in the landscape
The building fits harmoniously into its surroundings. Both physical and morphological interfaces were used to achieve this and the context of the region and town was taken into account. The excavated material generated during the construction phase was used to create small hills and reinforces the organic link between construction and nature. The greenery on the terraces, the connecting path to the HSG main building and the use of seamless materials emphasise the permeability of the building concept.
Spring, south-east side
Summer, north-west side
Autumn, north-east side
Winter, south-west side
Sou Fujimoto Architects
S ou Fujimoto (*1971) graduated in engineering sciences at the University of Tokyo. He established his architectural firm in Tokyo in 2000 and has been a professor at Kyoto University since 2007. He became more widely known when he won the «Architectural Review Awards», an award for emerging young architects, in 2005 and in the following three years. In 2008, he won the prestigious «Japanese Institute of Architecture Grande Prize». In 2013, he was invited to design the summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in London as the youngest architect to date. In addition to many other awards, his office won the competition for the innovative Polytechnique Learning Centre at Paris-Saclay University in 2015. The architect’s firm with over 30 employees has also had an office in Paris in addition to Tokyo since 2016.
Sou Fujimoto on «Open Grid – Choices of Tomorrow»
Announcement of the winning project
The sixteen-member panel of judges chose the winning project for the construction of the Learning Center. They chose Sou Fujimoto Architects with the «Open Grid - Choices of Tomorrow» project. The HSG Foundation wants to achieve the full financing through donations and is on the right track. It would like to express its sincere thanks to the initial benefactors who have pledged around 40 million Swiss francs up until now.
Start of the architectural competition
Eight renowned national and international offices participate in the invitation process for the architectural competition. The aim of the Learning Center is to bring a structural, technological, virtual and intellectual infrastructure together, thus providing a home for new forms of learning.
Green light from the cantonal government of St.Gallen.
The cantonal government of St.Gallen sends positive signals to the HSG Foundation for the share of land required for the construction of the HSG Learning Center. The HSG Foundation can therefore begin the further realisation steps. The start of construction is planned for 2019/20 so that the HSG Learning Center will be ready for students in the spring semester of 2022.
Start approaching of funding partners
End of 2016
The HSG Foundation is committed to realise the HSG Learning Center and is starting to approach benefactors.
Quote from a benefactor
«Technological change, constant changes, progressive digitalisation, constantly changing problems not only require flexible, problem-orientated ways of working but also new learning methods and approaches. Students need to experience and learn at an early stage how to work in a changing, interdisciplinary team in a working environment where innovation, creativity and team spirit is reinforced, and not just at a later stage in their practical work. I see the great value and importance of the new HSG Learning Center.»
Michael Hilti, lic. oec. HSG
The HSG Foundation would like to thank all of the initial benefactors for their important and generous support, in particular Michael Hilti, the Hilti Family Foundation, Thomas Schmidheiny and the Wietlisbach Foundation. Initial benefactors in alphabetical order:
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January 2018: alma – alumni magazine of the University of St.Gallen, «The HSG Learning Center will become a nucleus for the new learning»
21 February 2018: Press release «Japanese Architecture for the HSG Learning Center»