University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam. 2014

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2014
  • Cost: £77 Million
  • Clients: University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam explores large-scale reinvention. Two utilitarian buildings from a previous era – part of an incomplete masterplan by Norbert Gawronski – are stripped out, sliced open, reconfigured and then knitted back into the city’s fabric to regenerate a post-war university campus in the heart of the Dutch capital. A forty-metre section of low-hung, canal-spanning building is cut out and replaced with a four-storey void. Physically and visually opening up the campus behind and the zoo beyond, the void is bridged by a glazed double-height space and five storeys of workstations, all with new views across the city. A previously solid wall is punched through to create entry into a new triple-height passage connecting the two principal blocks of accommodation; this passage permits the building’s users to gather and orientate themselves while efficiently distributing faculty members to the vertical circulation cores Outside, a new pedestrian bridge draws into play the city’s canal-scape, the neighbourhood streetscape and the campus’ half-realised secondary axis. Inspired by Amsterdam’s historic canals, the bridge connects to a series of public rooms and commercial spaces that activate and open the buildings’ edges. Internally, elements have been removed to accommodate the university’s relocated Amsterdam Law School and the Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences by providing seven lecture theatres, seven seminar rooms, 86 tutorial rooms, a Law Library, a Moot Court, research offices, meeting areas, study landscapes, breakout areas, a roof terrace, 1,700 square metres of catering environments and 2,260 square metres of ground floor public gathering space.

  • Awards
  • WAN Education Award 2015
  • AJ Retrofit - International Innovation 2014
  • AJ Retrofit - Overall Winner 2014

University of Amsterdam makes RIBA International List 2018

13/12/2017

University of Amsterdam makes RIBA International List 2018

AHMM’s project to transform the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland Campus has been included on the RIBA International List 2018, and will now be considered for the RIBA Awards for International Excellence, which form the shortlist for the RIBA International Prize. The recently completed project – which has already won the AJ Retrofit of the Year Award, and WAN Education Award – has reinvented the campus, designed in the 1960s by Norbert Gawronski, to provide a new home for the Amsterdam Law School and Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences with lecture theatres, libraries, tutorial, seminar and meeting spaces, and a collection of public rooms with views across the city. The phased intervention has seen the revealing of the previously obscured canal through radical ‘surgery’ to one of the campus blocks as well as the creation of new public space. Awarded every two years since 2016, the RIBA International Prize is given to a building which exemplifies design excellence and architectural ambition, and delivers meaningful social impact. Find out more about the International Prize here.



 

University of Amsterdam wins WAN Education Award

29/04/2015

University of Amsterdam wins WAN Education Award

AHMM’s project to redevelop the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland campus has won the World Architecture News Education Award. According to the jury - which included Danish architect Dorte Mandrup, Malcolm Reading of Malcolm Reading Consultants, Stanton Williams’ Paul Williams and Lucy Homer, head of design at Lend Lease – the ‘unique and extraordinary’ project ‘addressed all key elements of the brief and enhanced the learning environment to its full potential’. Chosen from over 100 entries, the final shortlist of six also included school and university buildings in the UK, Germany, the US and Canada.
 



 

06/03/2015

University of Amsterdam nominated for Dutch architecture prize

AHMM’s reinvention of the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland campus has been nominated for the prestigious Amsterdamse Architectuur Prijs, given annually to the best new buildings in the Dutch capital by Arcam, the city’s centre for architecture. The winner will be announced on 20 May – see the full shortlist here.
 



 

University of Amsterdam celebrates official opening

11/02/2015

University of Amsterdam celebrates official opening

The University of Amsterdam celebrated the official opening of phase one of the redeveloped Roeterseiland Campus last week. Simon Allford spoke alongside UvA’s vice president Professor Hans Amman at the event, which was hosted by UvA’s Director of Real Estate Development Cees van der Wolf in the campus’ new refectory. Students and staff in the Faculty of Economics and Business and Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences have been using the new spaces since September 2014. Meanwhile, work continues apace on phase two, which will provide a new home for the Faculty of Law.
 



 

University of Amsterdam Crowned AJ Retrofit of the Year

18/09/2014

University of Amsterdam Crowned AJ Retrofit of the Year

Phase 1 of our University of Amsterdam (UvA) project was named overall winner at the AJ Retrofit Awards. It also scooped the International Innovation category. The project reinvents a utilitarian building: recycling its concrete frame, transforming its envelope and dramatically improving environmental performance. The judges were said to be particularly impressed by how the project’s key move – that of removing a four-storey, 40m x 18m section from the canal-spanning building and replacing it with a glazed, double-height space – ‘completely restructures the way the building relates to the campus and its immediate urban context’.
 

Phase 2 of the project, involving the reinvention of the adjoining building to form new entrance to both phases, continues.

 



 

21/07/2014

AHMM’s Amsterdam Research Trip

To celebrate the practice’s 25th birthday, AHMM headed to Amsterdam this month on a curated research tour of the architecture and culture of the city. Following a series of bike and boat tours around both the historic old town and the new architectural developments of the Eastern Docklands, staff were welcomed by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) for a look around the recently completed Phase 1 of AHMM's UvA reinvention project at Roeterseilandcampus and a reception ceremony in the glazed, refectory and social space. A particular highlight was a speech given by Norbert Gawronski, the building's original architect. All in all, it was undoubtedly our most ambitious research trip yet; 275 people travelled to Amsterdam and back, including over 50 who made the journey by bike.
 



 

Key Milestone for University of Amsterdam

09/04/2014

Key Milestone for University of Amsterdam

After seven years since appointing AHMM as the winner of the international ideas competition to reinvent their Roeterseiland Campus, the University of Amsterdam took possession of Phase One of the project last month. A forty-metre section of a canal-spanning building has been cut out and replaced with a four-storey void to physically and visually open up the campus. The void is bridged by a glazed double-height informal study space with catering facilities, and five storeys of workstations and tutorial rooms, all with views over the inner-city canal-scape. Over the next few months, staff from the Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences prepare their move into the new spaces for the start of semester in September. Phase Two continues onsite for the Amsterdam Law School, with expected completion in 2016.
 



 

Inside Outside Wins Competition to Work on University of Amsterdam

30/03/2011

Inside Outside Wins Competition to Work on University of Amsterdam

Director, Simon Allford was part of the judging panel in a design competition for the selection of a landscape architect for the renovation of the University of Amsterdam Roeterseiland Campus in central Amsterdam. The winner is the Amsterdam based international Arts & Landscape practice Inside Outside led by Petra Blaisse, whose practice works in a multitude of creative areas, including textile, landscape and exhibition design.


The practice frequently collaborates with architects on design projects. Being the architect of the largest project on the campus, AHMM has started working with Inside Outside in a series of planned workshops to contribute to their project for Roeterseiland. The project started onsite on 1st April 2011.




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