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Department of Education Hogeschool Utrecht / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

  • 01:00 - 11 November, 2012
Department of Education Hogeschool Utrecht / Ector Hoogstad Architecten
Department of Education Hogeschool Utrecht / Ector Hoogstad Architecten, © Marcel van Kerckhoven
© Marcel van Kerckhoven

© Kees Hummel © Kees Hummel © Rob Hoekstra © Kees Hummel + 20

© Kees Hummel
© Kees Hummel

Text description provided by the architects. The Department of Education (FE) forms the westerly closure of the ‘kashba-zone’ of the Uithof. In this hundred-metre-wide strip, buildings bunch-up close together with patios and rooflights providing daylight penetration.

© Kees Hummel
© Kees Hummel

In the FE certain historical landscape elements, such as a watercourse and cycle-paths and footpaths are retained, by largely raising up the building and constructing a regular grid of columns. These columns sometimes straddle the watercourse and the paths and also give the building stability. The open space under the building is used for slow traffic, houses the entrance lobby and provides space for a bicycle park and for wheelchair users. Here daylight is provided by three patios.

© Marcel van Kerckhoven
© Marcel van Kerckhoven

The department consists of three sections each with its own sphere: the Archimedes teachers training college, the Theo Thijssen Academy and the Seminary for Remedial Education. To obtain flexibility we designed two levels: the lower three levels house the general amenities and the floors above are so-called ‘standard floors’. At this level the solution lies in zoning; each floor has a tripartite configuration: flexible, deep elevation zones with in between a wide zone housing the stairs, lifts, toilets and kitchenette, and in which there is room for seating, study areas, information desks and meeting places. Small voids ensure contact between the different levels and prevent the emergence of little isolated realms. The middle zone is the place where the various users can set their own stamp on the building.

© Rob Hoekstra
© Rob Hoekstra

The colourful west facade gives the HU a face towards the city, makes the building scale-less and abstract, while also alluding to the speed of the traffic racing past. The facade is an expression of the occupants and their diverse activities, a metaphor for the HU’s multifaceted community. 

© Rob Hoekstra
© Rob Hoekstra

With its colourful facade, the Education Department of the Utrecht University is a remarkable appearance on the University Campus. The new building offers the diverse University community flexibility and space to meet one another as well as opportunities to create their own atmosphere. The landscape has been integrated playfully into the building.

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Cite: "Department of Education Hogeschool Utrecht / Ector Hoogstad Architecten" 11 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/290931/department-of-education-hogeschool-utrecht-ector-hoogstad-architecten/> ISSN 0719-8884
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乌德勒支大学的教育学系 / Ector Hoogstad Architecten