University center De Uithof
OMA was in charge of the design
of the master plan for the De Uithof campus, which is part of Utrecht
University. They were also commissioned to design the Educatorium. This
building is the first University building that OMA ever designed.
The Educatorium consists of
examination rooms, lecture halls, large public spaces, and a restaurant.
Many of these spaces are created by sloping ramps and floors.
Next to the main entrance, there
is a sloped public space with giant bubble sculptures for students to sit
on while underneath the slope is space for bike parking.
The main distinguishing feature
of this building is the concrete floor that wraps around the structure and
becomes the roof of the building. The interior of that curve is finished
with wood strips and provides a warm atmosphere for students to gather and
sit around the curved floor that turns into wall and ceiling.
Another interesting feature is
the egg-shaped audio visual booth. It is finished on the outside with the
same wood strip material.
The design of the Educatorium is
very environmentally conscious. From the selection of the materials used
in the project, to the water supply that is used to flush the toilet,
everything is carefully selected to ensure the building is
Although they are not accessible
by the students, roof-top gardens are used for containing rain water in an
effort to reduce the sewage load while providing a colorful palette to the
Wilma Kwan 2003
How to visit
The building is generally open
to the public but during certain exam periods, visitors are not allowed
inside the building. For more information on the building and the
accessibility please visit www.uu.nl.
To get to and around the
University campus, you can take bus city lines number 11 and 12.
Also you may ride a bike from
the central station. Head east towards Wilhelmina Park. Go through the
park and you will be on Prins Hendriklaan. Pass the Schroder
House and Prins Hendriklaan will turn into Sophocleslaan. From there
make a right on to Platolaan, and then turn left onto Weg Tot de
Wetenschap. Follow it and it will lead you to the entrance of the
University De Uithof campus.
While you are at the University
campus, you may also want to visit the Faculty of Economics and
Management building designed by Mecanoo, the café with basketball court
on top designed by NL Architect, the Minnaert building designed by
Neutelings Riedijk Architecten and the Bijvoet Centre for NMR facilities
building designed by UN Studio.
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