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KHBO University College, Bruges, Belgium

Monday 02 Feb 2009

Meeting the university challenge

S.A.R. Architects / Architektenburo De Vloed. Images: Christine Deboosere 
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02/02/09 Haresh A Ahir, Mumbai
KHBO University College, Bruges, Belgium

The building is seems to be designed nicely from out side. Long façade of the building goes well with the adjacent road and narrow end of the building on the other side near the housing colony. I hope the architect have put same effort in the plan as he has put in the elevation. All in all it is dutiful pies of architecture
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University college Bruges gets striking new campus 

The architects, Johan Bosschem & Jan De Vloed, envision this building whose dynamic form expresses the transfer of knowledge and competence in higher education. It is autonomous architecture with a strong identity that provides a lasting response to the complex needs and strict conditions to which a contemporary university must answer.

The building lies along a major roadway and forms a visual and sonic barrier between the busy highway and a peaceful green campus. Flexibility characterises various layers of the concept, from the architectural modulation to the static structure and layout of technical provisions, all functions that can be filled in optimally according to the current and future needs of the univesity.

The building consists of three main divisions: a volume containing the auditorium and cafeteria, three equal, sober volumes with classrooms and offices and a powerful volume encompassing study-related activities. The entire assemblage is covered over by a gigantic roof that, on the highway side, flows into a façade clad with anthracite-colored zinc. A bright cafeteria for 350 students is situated underneath a big auditorium for 650 people.

The forum is conceived as a three-dimensional meeting place with broad steps, open galleries, and places to sit or study. This light-flooded, contemporary forum is a heterotopic space in which students and professors can meet, and for this reason it is provided with a large number of study islands. The library, as the centre of knowledge and competence, is one of the main showpieces of the campus.

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