1. June 2021 | Magazine:

Picture of the Month: The Air-Raid Shelter Under the Okerhochhaus A Location of the TU-Night 2021 - Lost Places and "Future Talks"

It is cold in the long, narrow corridors with thick concrete walls. Glaring neon lights illuminate the bare walls, with no end in sight. A cool breeze drifts through the labyrinth. Not for the timid or those with claustrophobia. A lost place at the TU Braunschweig in the middle of the Central Campus, or rather under the Central Campus. This year’s focus topic of the TU Night also leads into the air-raid shelter of the Okerhochhaus in Pockelsstraße 3.

Among other things, this year’s TU Night will take visitors to an air raid shelter, a lost place in the Okerhochhaus. Picture credits: Kristina Rottig/TU Braunschweig

Due to Corona, the TU Night cannot take place on campus this year. Therefore, it is necessary to go new ways. From June 7 to July 3, the digital format offers the opportunity to discover places at the TU Braunschweig that have lost their function, interactively and with videos. With current research topics, on the themes of mobility, waste and happiness, musically and culturally accompanied, they are re-played and brought back to life.

The program of the TU-Night lives from its contrasts: Abandoned or closed “Lost Places” are combined with “Future Talks” by scientists on the topics of sustainability, urban development and universities in times of Corona as well as shoulder views on places of current research at the TU Braunschweig open up new perspectives.

Information and the program can be found on the TU-Night website.

About the Okerhochhaus

The Okerhochhaus is a 17-story disk-like high-rise building with a depth of only ten meters, designed by the architect and university lecturer Dietrich Oesterlen and built between 1958 and 1960. Today, it houses most of the institutes of the Department of Architecture. It is part of the building ensemble Universitätsplatz, which can be attributed to the “Braunschweig School”. In the second basement of the Okerhochhaus, which is also called “Scheibe”, is the air-raid shelter. This also served research purposes. Except for a small part used as an archive, the air-raid shelter is empty today.