ABC Faculty Building
Utrecht, Netherlands

The new faculty building for the Academic Biomedical Cluster (ABC) at Utrecht University responds to a 1995 master plan by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). The University sought a modest, intelligent and sustainable building to make optimal use of a deep, south-facing site.

The new building forms the corner of the existing academic hospital. The building successfully strengthens the existing entrance of the hospital and establishes an independent identity within the complex and the campus. It has three parts: offices, classrooms with individual workspaces (study landscapes) and a canteen. In both the office and education areas, flexible environments provide for different teaching scenarios including traditional lectures, group work and individual research. Three conical glass voids positioned in the centre of the building allow light deep into the building and connect the more public areas with the education floors. The cones integrate the load bearing structure and serve as ventilation shafts. Visible from all parts of the building, these crystal glass shapes function both as the technical backbone and the atmospheric heart of the building. Combining a rationalized and orthogonal structure with specific shapes and open areas, the design results in a modest, yet enriched environment with an inspiring identity.

Country
Netherlands
City
Utrecht
Function
Education
Size
14,500 m2
Assigned by
Utrecht University
Status
Completed in 2005
Design in 2003

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Awards

2007
Rietveld Award
Winner
2005
Golden Pyramid Award
Nomination

Blueprint

Materials

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Glass fins with two point fixation
Internal glass partition
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Bolidttop epoxy floor
Floor covering
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Fabric Sudden by Kvadrat
Curtain

Publications

AA Hijmans van den Bergh medical faculty by Erick van Egeraat

The AA Hijmans van den Bergh medical faculty in Utrecht designed by Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects is the joint winner of the 2007 Rietveldprijs for architecture.

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Het A.A. Hijmans van den Bergh gebouw in Utrecht door (EEA) Erick van Egeraat associated architects

Het A.A. Hijmans van den Bergh gebouw door (EEA) Erick door Egeraat associated architects is de meest recente toevoeging aan de Uithof.

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Medical Faculty by Erick van Egeraat completed

New building of the Academic Biomedical Cluster forms the corner to the existing Academic Hospital

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