Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Campus 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands by architecten-en-en
May 10th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: architecten-en-en
This building accommodates an advanced vocational school and has been designed as an ensemble with the neighboring ROC on the Stappegoor Campus in Tilburg. The entrance is located on the side of the campus, which creates an omnidirectional building. It has been designed as a split-level volume surrounded by stories in different heights, allowing the various parts of the program to be accommodated in a reliable way that offers flexibility towards the future.
The educational institution offers a wide variety of programs; aside from theoretical subjects, technology, the hospitality sector, health care and well-being, environmental studies, animal care, economics, trade and logistics are defining features. A continuous educational line towards intermediate vocational education is emphasized. This relationship is also present in a physical way by means of a walkway towards the neighboring existing ROC building.
At the heart of this design, one can find the entrance and the auditorium, which allows the establishment of short walking routes. By combining the entrance with the greenhouse of the environmental studies sector, an ensemble that brings light and air to the heart of the building has been established. All the sectors are situated around this entrance hall, creating a visual relationship and a natural transition from crowded to calm.
Through experience, we have learned that the vision of education changes roughly every seven years. Therefore, it is essential that a building can accommodate these changes. Campus 013 is structured in a modular, columnar manner with minimal use of load-bearing walls. The arrangement of the façade allows placing a wall every 90 centimeters. The only exceptions to this approach are the rooms that are less prone to changing visions, such as the auditorium or the entrance. These have been designed as specials.
In terms of appearance, the design matches the neighboring ROC buildings with their black plinth and white constructions. In the design, this results in a black stern construction, in front of which a white façade of expanded metal has been erected. A rain cover, sun shading and above all, a powerful linkage with the existing buildings. By efficiently designing certain specials, such as the connecting corridor, the auditorium and the entrance, in a deviant manner, the building gets a face of its own. Truly a building to be proud of, as it is part of the campus, yet something completely unique.