On the weekend of February 11-13, 2022, the opening of the SQUARE was celebrated under the motto "The Beginning". The building is an "experimental field" for new formats of learning and a "base camp" for the students as well as alumni and alumnae of the HSG, where they can collaborate and create new ideas in a casual atmosphere. SQUARE is a project of the HSG Foundation, which makes the building available to the University. The project, which was still called "HSG Learning Center" before its opening, was financed entirely by private donors.
The project "Open Grid - Choices of Tomorrow" by the Japanese star architect Sou Fujimoto emerged as the winning project from an architectural competition announced in 2017. It impressed with its urban planning, architectural, didactic and economic aspects.
With a floor area of around 7,000 m2, SQUARE is formed from several cubes arranged on a grid. In addition, the structure of the building was also designed so that the spaces can be changed according to didactic needs. Through its orientation and terracing, SQUARE also seeks to engage with the HSG's historic campus.
Ground was broken on November 6, 2019, and the cornerstone was laid on May 28, 2020.