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Educatorium

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OMA - Rem Koolhaas
 
location Utrecht
function auditorium, university
contributed by NGHM

Situated in the centre of the University Campus the Uithof, just outside the centre of Utrecht, this building is most famous for its use of concrete. The concrete construction of the building folds and forms the floor, wall and ceiling in one curved motion. In the ceiling, steel reinforcement bars emerge from the exposed concrete slab. Steel and concrete dissociate allowing each material to work at optimum efficiency: the 20cm thick concrete slab is made to span 21 metres. "Composed of two planes which fold to accommodate a range of distinct programs including an outdoor plaza, two lecture halls, cafeteria and a testing facility. Planes interlock to create a single trajectory in which the entire university experience – socialization, learning, examination – is encapsulated." Bad detailing or lack of proper maintenance has caused the facade to look old and worn out, even after a couple of years.

 

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Educatorium
Address
Leuvenlaan 19
Netherlands
http://www.uu.nl
Project is public!
Opening hours The building is public and open to visit freely, at workdays on office hours. For guided tours, contact the Utrecht Architecture Centre at aorta@aorta.nu and tours@aorta.nu or call +31 (0)30 232 1686
How to get there? Buslines 11, 12 and 12-S go from Utrecht Central Station to the Uithof university campus. Call the reception of the Educatorium at +31 (0) 30 253 8530
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Completion 1997
Floor area/size 11000 m2
Cost € 10900000,-
ArchitectOMA - Rem Koolhaas
structural engineerABT
contractorBAM
Client University of Utrecht
 
Project ID 1589
Latitude/Longitude 52°05'09N 05°10'18E
Contributed by NGHM
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