University Campus Galileo, Garching

University Campus Galileo, Garching


Hochschulcampus Garching Verwaltungs GmbH


Nickl & Partner



Neue Mitte Garching – Galileo

Rectilinear, transparent and modern, GALILEO will form the “New Centreline” (Neue Mitte), that passes as distinct north-south axis with many east-west passages through the heart of the campus. In doing so, the campus finally gets what is has waited for for a long time: a vibrant centre.

Studies, work, science and research optimally integrated with culture sports and leisure to transform a research centre into a lively town is the idea behind GALILEO.

Planned are a congress centre with 17 conference and seminar rooms, as well as a main lecture hall with 1,300 seats, a 257-room hotel, a boarding house with 170 apartments, various offices, restaurants, shops and service businesses, church, fitness, wellness and health centre at approx. 1,000 m².

The play of shadows and sunlight forms the fundamental theme of façade design – transparent surfaces alternate with closed elements of plain sheet metal, impact panels, expanded metal. As the overall typology, the façade is structured modular. Its luminous appearance aims to promote safety, especially in the evening hours and symbolise the energy that is generated during the day from sunlight and used for night time illumination.


15,000 m² unitised façade

3.350 m² mullion-transom façade

1.100 m² equipment enclosure incl. steel construction

Cladding, awnings, doors, etc.