Architecture meets nature
The building's transparent facades create a natural connection with the surrounding campus and allow daylight to penetrate deep into the building. Lots of greenery and wooden detailing, including the atrium construction made of real wooden tree trunks, create a warm and pleasant experience and natural fresh air.
The use of wide spans creates large open floor fields without columns. As a result, the layout of the educational complex is clear, uncluttered, and flexible. From lively and active on the first floor to increasingly quiet as you go higher in the building. This creates a stimulating environment where students, staff, and visitors of Erasmus University can study, work and relax pleasantly.
Powered by nature
Through a smart and integral design strategy, the new education building is energy-neutral with an extremely low energy performance coefficient. To achieve this, a revolutionary new natural ventilation principle has been applied, with wind power and solar heat driving the ventilation system. This naturally driven system saves an enormous amount of energy while providing much more fresh air than is usual in buildings. This ensures a pleasant indoor climate for the multifunctional building. In addition, the building produces renewable energy through solar cells on the roof and uses sustainable heat pumps and cold and heat storage in the ground to cool and heat the building.
Flexible to the future
The building is flexible and adaptable to future use through a layout of large open floor fields without columns. As a result, the layout of the educational complex is clear, convenient, and flexible. The spaces can easily be used multifunctionally by, for example, moving partition walls. Think of other hybrid forms of work and education and virtual education. Even the data cabling is prepared for this. Moreover, the building can be adapted in the future to changing user requirements without major demolition or repair.