ClientRoyal Dutch Academy of Arts
Project size9.500m2 GFA
Start of projectMarch 2014
Consulting servicesConstruction management from detailed design up to and including delivery
The building houses multiple functions, among which laboratories, offices, conference rooms etc., and closely connects UMC Utrecht with the Hubrecht Institute. The building will be approximately 9.500m2 GFA in size and serves as an expansion to the current building on the Utrecht Uithof. The design is made by OPL Architects and comprises a five story building, topped by a technical floor.
The existing building in need of expansion is introvert and constructed with dark façade material. It is strictly utilitarian. To counterweight this building’s stark features, the architect has chosen light, sharp shapes for Building E: a great amount of glass, combined with white, metal façade panels. The new construction is distinct and has a transparent character, amplified by glazing that is partly clear and partly translucent.
The atrium that connects the existing to the new building is fully transparent. The atrium’s functions allow for this transparency. To illustrate, the heart of a laboratory building can be compared to a beehive. People walk in and out, meet each other and work together. The auditory and the restaurant are situated in the atrium, as well as a number of work and student spaces.