For decades, the architecture faculty of the TU Braunschweig has produced outstanding graduates who have had a formative influence on architectural production and discussion both nationally and internationally. The aim of the cloud club, founded in February 2005, is to bring together the worldwide network of former architecture students of the TU Braunschweig and to activate contacts between current and former members of the architecture faculty.
The primary purpose of the club is the ideational and financial support of teaching, research and artistic activities of the architecture faculty. The cloud club supports and organizes exhibitions, cultural festivals and publications. In addition, outstanding achievements within the teaching and the members are to be specifically promoted through prizes and scholarships.
The cloud club wants to be more than just an alumi association. It is basically open for membership to all persons interested in architecture as well as friends and supporters of the Technical University Carolo Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig.
The worldwide network among students from Braunschweig is highly developed. Even after graduation, many find work abroad. The radius of activity of Braunschweig architects ranges from China to Tanzania to Brazil and North America.
The cloud club sees itself as a platform to develop and bring together the potential arising from this network.
"If one knew nothing else about a country and saw only buildings like these, one would think: free, balanced, cool and clear-thinking, relaxed, musical, happy people live here. Well, what is not, can still become; what is lacking, can still come. And if it should not come, it was not due to the architect." The writer and director of the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel Erhart Kästner about the Audimax of the TU Braunschweig by architect Friedrich Wilhelm Kraemer.
"A lyrical accent as an expression of optimistic future perspective" was supposed to be the sculpture by Hans Arp from 1960, which adorns the west side of the newly built Audimax of the TU Braunschweig. The sculpture reflected the spirit of optimism of this progress-euphoric time, in which people tried to heal the wounds of the past and set out for a better future. The main TU building, as well as the adjacent residential area, had been badly affected by the war. What was first and foremost a fatal loss for the affected residents and a university operation turned out to be an optimal starting situation for the university's new beginning. Under Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Krämer's influence and with his decisive planning, a completely new forum square was created opposite the already rebuilt main building. This freed the university from the confines of the Gründerzeit. At the end of the fifties, the main focus was on a functionally organized university. This was expressed in the planning of higher-level, general university facilities. Arp's sculpture was installed on one of these buildings. The sculpture is primarily due to the commitment of Friedrich Wilhelm Krämer, the architect of the Forum. The latter most likely saw Arp's sculpture at the Graduate Centre of Harvard University, designed by Walter Gropius, on one of his numerous field trips. Despite the loss of the original meaning of the sculpture, due to the constructional color reversal of the artwork, from "white clouds over black ground" to "black clouds over white ground", this work has lost nothing of its impressiveness.
Hans Arp's clouds on the façade of the Audimax symbolize the identity of the Architecture Club of the TU Braunschweig. They give the cloud club its name and at the same time signal the origin and cosmopolitanism of this network that spans borders and generations.
As a member of the cloud club you will regularly receive personal invitations to the events of the Architecture Club of the TU Braunschweig and the Faculty of Architecture. You will become part of a global network of architects. With a newsletter we inform you about the activities, successes, artistic and personnel developments of the club and the university.
It is our pleasure to have you as a member, friend or supporter of the cloud club. If the idea excites you, please inform other alumni from your year or your circle of acquaintances.
The application for membership in the cloud club can be downloaded under Downloads. There are four different categories under which you can register and which differ in the amount of the membership fee.
Students do not pay a membership fee! Graduates pay a fee of 10 Euro per year for the first two years after their bachelor or master degree. Members pay a contribution of 40 Euro per year. Friends and sponsors pay a contribution starting at 100 Euro per year.