OMA’s first scientific building laboratory and technical school, Lab City CentraleSupélec in Paris Saclay, was completed in September of 2017.
OMA’s design is based on an open learning landscape in a transparent box.
The building is part of a larger urban planning scheme, which also encompasses the surrounding area. OMA designed a diagonal street, which runs from the future subway station to the nearby Supelec school. This line continues in the new building as the main walkway.
Instead of a classical lab with venues and hallways, “lab city” is conceived as an open landscape, meant to stimulate transparency and interaction between the various ranks.
The building is designed as a rectangular low-rise building with a glass roof. Only the core, the so-called Forum, has a stacked volume. This section contains the atrium and features such as a sports hall and offices.
A main artery runs through the center of the complex, linking a neighboring technical facility to the location of a future subway station.
A network of smaller passages connects with this main road, which forms the basis of the city grid.
Offices, laboratories, a library and a restaurant are designed on this grid, with blocks in different sizes. There is also a plaza-like space filled with tables and chairs, an amphitheater style auditorium and a number of elevated terraces.
The cognac coloured Blocks seats and chairs are designed in collaboration with OMA Architects.
Realization mid 2017.
Architecten: OMA, www.oma.eu
Photographers: Philippe Ruault & Vitor Oliveira
Amsterdam University College (AUC) is a public liberal arts college located in the Amsterdam Science Park. There are about 750 students enrolled from more than 60 countries, including the Netherlands. All education is given in English.
The AUC building was designed by Mecanoo architects in Delft. It covers 5,800 square meters of classrooms, a library, restaurant, lounge, project rooms, conference rooms and workstations. It won the Amsterdam Architecture Prize (Gold A.A.P.) in 2013. The building, which looks very nice in contrast to the business architecture in the region, is a ‘home’ for the students. In connection with domesticity Lensvelt AVL Glyder couches were used in the building.
Architects: Mecanoo, www.mecanoo.nl
Photographer: Christian Richters.
Marlies Rohmer’s design for the Broad School Houthaven Amsterdam is inspired by the architecture of the Amsterdam School. The building accommodates two existing primary schools, a day care, after school care, business premises, a catering area and kindergartens.
They made use of sustainable materials. The materials in the classrooms – glass, concrete, smooth stucco – reflects all the noise. This gave the acoustic damping special attention. The solution was to place 6 row high stealth cabinets.
The community school Houthaven will form the link between the old and the new Spaarndammer Houthaven. Houthaven is a location where freighters from all over the world unloading their tree trunks a century ago and is (as seen from the IJ) behind the Silodam.
Architects: Architects Marlies Rohmer, www.rohmer.nl
Photographer: Floor Hoogenboezem