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Van Leeuwenhoek Laboratory / DHV Architects

  • 01:00 - 29 April, 2010
Van Leeuwenhoek Laboratory / DHV Architects
Van Leeuwenhoek Laboratory / DHV Architects, © Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

© Rene de Wit © Rene de Wit © Rene de Wit © Koos Rensen +22

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

    DHV Architects
  • Principal Architect

    Robert Collignon
  • Structural Engineer

    DHV B.V.
  • Building Physics

    DHV B.V.
  • Client

    TNO Finance & Real Estate
  • Mechanical, Electronic And Control Systems

    Deerns B.V.
  • Contractor

    Heijmans (Civil), Burgers Ergon (Utilities)
  • Area

    10300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The Van Leeuwenhoek Laboratory is an advanced research facility for nanotechnology. It is unique in being the only laboratory where a national research organization and a leading technology university join forces to create the extraordinary. This state-of-the-art facility is the result of decades of pioneering research by TNO and TU Delft. Whether it is science, education, R&D or business opportunities: Delft is at the heart of nanotechnology innovations worldwide.

© Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

Industrial buildings are characterized by a pragmatic and process-driven configuration. Unlike schools, theaters and libraries it’s not the user-experience but the industrial process which is leading. Form follows function.

© Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

Progressive and very complex research places extremely high demands on the building. The underlying principle of the architectonic design was to once again place humans in a central position. The focus thus lies on communication between the building’s users, but also on (visual) communication with the outside world – the atrium plays an important role in this. It forms an interface between the clean rooms (machine) and users. The atrium is suitable for meetings and stimulates an exchange of knowledge.

© Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

Because the building is occupied around the clock, at night it acts as a beacon for its surroundings. The main corridors adjoin the outer facades in such a way that the scientists become visible from the campus and the daylight and heat load of the cleanrooms can be regulated more efficiently.
The colored perforations in the building’s façade provide insight into the technology of the future, from within the building they serve as guiding points for the technical staff.

© Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit
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sudark · November 17, 2010

The colorful and playful punched windows seem out of phase with the general concept and feel of the building. It is too weak to be a counterpoint to the stark and sleek nature of the rest of the design and is consequently overpowered by it. Aside from that, it is quite a well done building.

Nicholas Patten · May 01, 2010

Nicely Designed: Van Leeuwenhoek Laboratory.

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