The University of Twente presents itself as an entrepreneurial research university geared to excellence in education, and international research. The campus is notable for its picturesque setting and high-end architecture. Internal developments in the structure of the university, such as for example, the change to the international ‘bachelor/master’ system have had consequences for several accommodations. External developments, such as the increasing demand for space for indirect operations requiring intensive know-how, demand a review of the use of land. The current portfolio of buildings is over 35 years old and no longer meets today’s requirements. Therefore apart from renovation for several buildings, new construction will also be necessary as well, though without affecting the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Jan Hoogstad, working as a design consultant, translated the aims of the university’s board of governors into a master plan. And, since 1998, we have been working on the elaboration and realization of this plan, as supervisor and principal architect.
The aims are defined as follows: emphasizing primary processes, collaboration in education and research, entrepreneurial collaboration, maintaining the green character of the campus. In a spatial sense, we have converted these aims into four starting points which are embraced in the plans for construction and renovation: flexible use of space, lay out facilitating use by a range of parties, coherence of buildings and integration of facilities. The draft quality plan that we drew up aims at safeguarding the university’s present values, while allowing new projects to meld with them. Some of the projects, the new IT centre (T-huis), the new Quadrangle and Nanolab and the renovated Hall B were designed by our firm. These form together the heart of the Teaching and Research Centre.
84.800 m2, 2004