The HU in Amersfoort has relocated to a new building where different disciplines can share a collective space. The ground floor spatially connects through to the first floor through stairs and large voids. The sightlines this design choice creates encourage spatial awareness, orientation and transparency and makes for easy encounters and dynamism. The floors higher up along the red face of the building are more peaceful, but they also enjoy the spatial transparency created by the voids. As a direct result of the neutral floors and the white, homologous ceilings, the overall quality of the building’s interior is calm and collected. Some of the walls are carried out as ‘poster walls’: walls with portions covered in collages, posters or banners, that can be modified by the users of the HU.
The formal language of the unique elements is orthogonal, with three basic types: white, wood and multi-colored. Special interior elements for the different courses also have large, easily interchangeable lettering painted on.
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address projectDe Nieuwe Poort 21, Amersfoort
ClientLips Capital Group, Utrecht
Gross Floor Area18000 sqm
architectChris de Weijer & Robert Alewijnse
teamDaan van der Vlist, Ines Lellek, Kerstin Tresselt, Harrie Hupperts, Diana de Kroo, Christiaan ten Have, Carolina Sumares, Patricia Cortijo, Jimmy van der Aa, Allard de Goeij, Anna Jaeger, Lilly Mitsiou
programCollege building in Amersfoort
consultantsIMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Rotterdam | Boersema Installatie Adviseurs, Amersfoort | DGMR Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Arnhem | BOAG, Rotterdam
contractorVannel Bouwbedrijf, Eindhoven
KeywordsCompact / Sustainability / Flexible / Custom made /
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