In order to accommodate the rapid growth of INHolland University in Rotterdam, 15,000 square metres hosting study areas, classrooms, commercial functions and offices were added to the original building from 2001. Both were designed and built by Erick van Egeraat, who also designed the Masterplan and the landscaped courtyard covering its entire area.
The extension was delivered in 2008 and consists of three interconnected parts. A lower, three-level building is situated parallel to and connecting with the original building. It supports one end of a nine-level bridge building that spans 35 metres over the courtyard and underlying Metro line and rests on a student apartment building at the other end. Finally a higher volume, partially cantilevered from the bridge building, offers panoramic views towards the harbour. The façades of each building volume differ, while their architectural language relates to the original INHolland University building to form a coherent ensemble. Golden screen-prints predominate the glass façades of the low and high volume, whereas the bridge building recalls the horizontal louvers of the original building. Extensive use of glass underlines the open character of the university while the significant height intensifies its corporate image. Thanks to the flexible layout, individual parts of the complex can be used autonomously, if so desired. This flexibility and the high building density on the plot combined with the clever use of sustainable solutions considerably prolong the lifespan of the project; a clear example of Erick van Egeraat’s distinct and integrated vision on green architecture.
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