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Faculty Bernoulliborg, Groningen, Netherlands

Monday 22 Sep 2008

DZW do their homework

Harry Cock 
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Dutch architects De Zwarte Hond design a faculty for maths under strict deadlines 

Bernoulliborg, the faculty of mathematics and physics building, is shaped by internal function. The programme can be read on the outside by the upper relatively closed volume which houses college rooms an elevations, and a completely transparent ground volume which houses more public facilities such as library, reception, restaurant and other public functions. The lower glass facade allows the approach route to the upper floors to be seen, and provides a panoramic view over the surrounding area. It allows for the various activities going on inside the building to be seen from outside. The upper floors form the main volume of the building. The building's blue semi-transparent skin consists of coloured glass slats which reflect its park-like surroundings. A four-storey comb structure provides for two inner courtyards which admit natural light into the building, and allow vertical spatial connections within. The limited time for the Faculty to be built, and the flexibility required for the interior led to the choice of a steel load-bearing structure, which has been left visible from both inside and outside the building.

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