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Laboratory, Lecture and Restaurant building | FNWI Science Faculty, Amsterdam |  8.500 m2 | jun. 2006 - aug. 2009

Client: University of Amsterdam

Team: LJ Ten Kate, H. de Weijer, J. Rooijackers, F. van Loon, a.o.

Job tile: Project Leader and Assistant Designer


From September 2006 I started to work on the 'FNWI' Science Faculty. The phase of technical documentation stated then and I stayed with the project until it was handed over to the client.


The project is located in the "Science Park', a masterplan designed by urban planner KCAP and landscape architect Karres+Brands.


The design was done by a collaboration of three Amsterdam architects, Meijer en van Schooten, Herman Hertzberger (AHH) and co-ordinating office Rudy Uytenhaak. As the top three of an invited competition the client asked the architects to work together on a definitive design that would enable the users to interact with each other in an inspiring environment.


We worked on the newly designed building part with laboratories, college rooms, workspaces and the faculty restaurant. In addition to this we renovated three existing laboratory buildings which were to be kept on the site and connected to the new structure via sky bridges.


I was responsible for reviewing all the material and measurement principles regarding the details, inside and out. The most important areas for the design was the void area with its custom steel balustrades and stairs, and the main facade with its crisp folded ribbons set in aluminium panels and profiles.

mid void with multiple routes enhancing chance encounters when reachers walk from laboratory to their offices

main façade of new laboratories

detail of the balustrade floor edges

© Lewis Marshal

view up the void from the main entrance

detail of the foot bridges crossing the void

folded ribbons accumulating at the entrance

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