The Southwest Textile Association (Südwesttextil) donated a 3,000 square metres training and innovation centre to the Reutlingen University in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The campus will be Europe's-wide lighthouse for textile education and innovation.
The campus is designed by a team of three Stuttgart professors, Markus Allmann, Achim Menges and Jan Knippers, with their offices Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Menges Scheffler Architekten and Jan Knippers Ingenieure. The last two are responsible for the unique facade made of carbon fibres, the production of which with robots has so far only been used for supporting structures for pavilions. "On the outside, the building demonstrates the innovative power of the textile industry through a new type of façade, while inside, mezzanine work platforms connecting all areas in an open, spatial continuum,” according to the team of architects.
Südwesttextil donates new innovation centre to Reutlingen University
The campus, named Texoversum, will open in autumn 2022. Südwesttextil wanted to create a modern platform for all those interested in textiles, working, teaching or researching in this field, at all age and qualification levels and across all industries. "I would like Texoversum to be a hybrid workshop for the future, in which young textile talents are trained, new products and also new companies are created and industry meets science in an even more targeted way,” says Association President Bodo Th. Bölzle.
The Dean of the Faculty of Textile & Design, Reutlingen, Professor Dr. Jochen Strähle, is also looking forward to the new landmark of his traditional training centre: "This will be inspiring for all those involved. Texoversum brings together first-class textile education and research along the entire value-added chain. This is where we shape the world of tomorrow."
Images by: © Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Menges Scheffler Architekten; Jan Knippers Ingenieure.