- Client:University Of Antwerp
- Meta Project Leader:Frederik Bogaerts
- Meta Project Staff:Stijn Elsen, Simone Valerio, Rob Wesselink
- Stability, Technology, Epb Reporting, Acoustics:Tractebel
- Project Management Board Tractebel:Marc De Smet
- Project Manager Tractebel:Veerle Van Geldre
- Project Staff Tractebel:Jeroen De Wael, Kevin Morlion, Ive De Maeseneire, Magda Morel, Hinde El Kassmi, Marjolein Vandersickel
- Art Integration:Perry Roberts
- Collaboration:Storimans Wijffels Architecten
- Safety Coordinator:François Jordaens, Ua
- Architects In Charge:Niklaas Deboutte, Eric Soors
Text description provided by the architects. Building O by META strengthens the heart of the UA-campus in Antwerp. META and TRACTEBEL with Storimans Wijffels architects completed for the University of Antwerp an auditorium and research building. Building O houses 3 faculties.
“By paying special attention to the structure, we were able to dispense with several layers of finishing. The result is a solid, student-resistant construction.” [ Niklaas Deboutte, META architectuurbureau ]
“Building O is a bright and compact volume, an eye catcher for the campus but with the smallest possible spatial stamp.” [ Eric Soors, META architectuurbureau ]
Mirror symmetry in a readable building Building O is a bright and compact volume that, on the one hand, is intended to be an eye-catcher on the campus. On the other hand, it was also required to leave the smallest possible spatial stamp on the site. The balance between affirmation and integration, and the unifying role of Building O, resulted in a universal building with a double entrance section that is mirrored diagonally. The four auditoria on each of levels -1 and +1 are arranged around the central atrium, the large skylight of which permits zenithal daylight to penetrate to the underground level. The ground floor accommodates shared functions and the large entrance-cum-meeting rooms. Four compact stairwells lead off from this area. The upper level (+3) is reserved for the laboratory and microscopy rooms.
Maximum light ingress with floating volume clad in golden perforated aluminium sheets By positioning the ground-floor facade inwards to a depth of 1 module META creates a covered interior circuit. The floating volume is enveloped in golden perforated aluminium plates that function as fixed blinds. These allow a soft filtered light to permeate the building while also permitting views outside. The panels on the 3rd floor can be opened to allow maximum light into the practice spaces. Using the same material for both the façade and ceiling of the interior circuit, as well as the foyers, gives rise to a floating volume that, in the diffuse evening light, reveals a glimpse of its inner life to passers-by. Prominent role for art with artist Perry Roberts Art was integrated through the work of Perry Roberts (UK). A photograph of students and teachers was punched into the golden aluminium facade panels. A reference to traditional class photographs, the image was rasterized into dots with 5 different diameters. When viewed close-up, the image appears to be abstract, but becomes readable at a greater remove.
Structural work is finishing work META also deployed the ‘structural work is finishing work’ principle. By paying special attention to the basic structure, it was possible to dispense with several layers of finishing. The end result is a solid, student-resistant construction.
Durable shell The University Antwerp attaches great importance to a reliable and well-insulated exterior shell. The compact nature of the volume and use of multiple layers of suitable insulation enabled us to obtain low U-values that resulted in a very favourable K16.
Product Description. The floating volume is enveloped in golden perforated aluminium plates that function as fixed blinds for the auditoriums, microscopy and laboratory rooms. These allow a soft filtered light to permeate the building while also permitting views outside. The panels on the 3rd floor can be opened to allow maximum light into the practice spaces. Using the same material for both the façade and ceiling of the interior circuit, as well as the foyers, gives rise to a floating volume.