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NeXt! Delft - when Start-ups become Scale-ups

At present, the campus of Delft University already accommodates the buildings of Yes! Delft, which are tailor made for the start-ups that spring from the knowledge ecosystem of which Delft University of Technology is the central hub. Being able to offer this promising spin-off suitable accommodation is very much in the interest of the whole Delft region; fresh and innovative knowledge-based business will form the backbone of tomorrow’s economy.
To also cater to the needs of companies that successfully reach the next level of maturity, so-called scale-ups, a new facility is now underway. NeXt! Delft, as it will appropriately be called, is a new development by developer Stone 22 for the fast growing ASR Dutch Science Park Fund. Ector Hoogstad Architecten made the design, which has now been enthusiastically approved by the Delft authorities.
The 20,000 m2 building will be built on the south side of the Molengraaffsingel, and will be realized in two phases. Phase one covers just over half of the eventual total floor space. The building consists four floors, of which the lower two offer additional height for 'makerspace', space in which experiments with innovative technology can be conducted, and new products can be produced on a small scale. The first floor will contain a combination of makerspace and office space; the top two floors will be dedicated office floors.
Centrally located in the building is a spacious atrium, which provides space for informal workplaces and exhibitions, and which gives access to an auditorium and meeting centre. On the south side, the building will have a publicly accessible restaurant facility with an attractive outside terrace. This will undoubtedly become an important new meeting place for the entire campus.
The common areas of the building will offer high-quality facilities for meetings, presentations and informal (group) workplaces. Their atmosphere will be fully in line with the demands of growing tech companies; representative and warm, but with a stubborn edge to it. Creative users will be challenged to actively use the building as a stage or showcase for their products and activities.
The exterior of the building is a meeting of high-tech and simplicity. A metal covering plays a double role as a parapet and sun protection slat, resulting in a characteristic plasticity. The building therefore fits perfectly into the architectural tradition of the campus. This is the third building on the site for Ector Hoogstad Architecten, after the new building for the Faculty of Applied Physics and the new educational centre PULSE, both part of Delft University of Technology.
Thanks in part to this orientation-dependent façade design, in which heating by solar radiation is prevented while retaining the view and daylighting, NeXt! Delft will become a particularly sustainable building, which will receive a BREEAM Excellent certificate upon delivery.

Project information:
Country: The Netherlands
Location: Delft
Client: Stone 22
Status: Construction is scheduled to start in mid-September, with completion of the first phase scheduled for late 2021

Team
Prinicpal Architect: Ector Hoogstad Architecten
Co-designer interior: Up Architects
Structural Engineer: IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs
MEP Engineer: Nieman Consulting Engineers
Building costs management: IGG

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