Three questions to Chancellor Albrecht Ehlers and Dr. Ute Zimmermann about the new TU Lounge
The TU Lounge has opened in the physics building of TU Dortmund University, a retreat for members of the university. Chancellor Albrecht Ehlers and Dr. Ute Zimmermann from the Equal Opportunity, Family and Diversity Office explain on June 13, 2018, how the rooms with sofas and beach chairs can be used.
Mr. Ehlers, why does the TU Lounge exist?
For the most part, the rooms at TU Dortmund University are very conservatively furnished with chairs and tables. With the TU Lounge, the university is now getting a place that has a different look and offers a different quality of stay. If it is well received, the TU Lounge will be the prelude to a new spatial concept at the TU Dortmund. In this context, I am also thinking about new room furnishings and possible uses in existing work and meeting areas.
Ms. Zimmermann, who can use the TU Lounge, when and how?
The TU Lounge is open to all people at TU Dortmund University. It is always open when the university buildings are open, namely between 7 am and 8 pm. The TU Lounge is located on the North Campus in the Physics Building and consists of two rooms connected by a door. In one room there are comfortable armchairs and two small sofas. The armchairs can be moved as needed to create small groups or individual seating. The other room is furnished with beach chairs, providing acoustic and visual islands of retreat. In the lounge, you can, for example, read in peace or spend a break away from the hustle and bustle, retreat with a child or even think together in small learning groups.
What are the rules in the TU Lounge?
The top priority for the TU Lounge is: mutual consideration and quiet. If more than one person is there, this is especially true. Talking to each other helps, e.g. you can tell each other what you want to do there and how long you want to be there. You can agree on whether or not to close the interstitial door. And, of course, whoever visits the TU Lounge is considerate of the furniture and furnishings of the lounge and, logically, of the people working in the neighboring offices.
Use and feedback
The TU Lounge is located in the (old) physics building on the third floor in wing P1. The rooms are numbered P1-03-111 and P1-03-111a. Have you been there before? Feel free to send your feedback about the TU Lounge by e-mail to Dr. Ute Zimmermann. If you observe any violations of the room's dedication, you can also contact this e-mail address or call the control room at +49 231 755 3333.
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.