School of Architecture

The building is situated in a park-like surrounding.  It withdraws from the dogmatic image of the “concrete wall” formed by the other university buildings. This emphasises the free minded character of the school between all other exact schools of the Technical University Delft.

In a building where so much architecture is made you must not push “architecture”, a school of architecture should make way for architecture. It should encourage contact to inspire one another and be diverse and flexible to make way for architecture.

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Contact, inspiration and diversity are key-words for the building. Inspiration and contact is best achieved by gathering all users in one compact building. Contact is further encouraged by centre the functions that are most public. Flexibility in use of space effectuates diversity.

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The central corridors are very spacious to provide space for building models, presentation material, building details and different experiments. This aims to inspire the students and also functions as a continuous meeting-point.

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Light-holes and voids are placed strategically to give the building its natural light and to achieve vertical vistas.

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The foyer is the central meeting point in the building. From here you can see the Auditoriums, The hand-drawing room, the form-studies room, the canteen, the library, in short; one busy and inspiring environment.

The escalators in the core of the building effectuate a fluent vertical movement.

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The structure is flexible in terms of construction, and in materiality free to adjust conform its function.

The structure tells a clear story. The supporting elements are made of concrete, robust and conform their function. Spacers and bracing are made of steel taking pull and stress forces. Installations aren’t hidden above system-ceilings but are clearly visible. The facade serves as protecting skin.

This shows the ‘anatomy’ of the building: beams and columns as bones; spacers and bracing as muscles; installation as veins and nerves; the facade as the skin.

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The sculpture made by Alberto Giacometti served as inspiration. Giacometti used minimal elements to give maximum expression to the sculpture.

Broek & Bakema, School Of Architecture (R.I.P.), TU Delft