Building for [Bouwkunde]


collaboration with: Simona Mihaylova


Planning a new university building for the architectural department of TU Delft enables the opportunity to examine the modern ways of teaching,learning and working. While in the past universities were a place preserving and passing on information, nowadays it is a place to interact with teachers and colleagues exchanging knowledge. This exchange of information is a result of a communication between individuals and objects, consequently a prime goal is to define an appropriate space encouraging social contacts and information exchange. How does communication affect a building and vice versa a building communication?




The idea of communication appears in different scales of design. The way the bouwkunde building fits into the urban situation plan should be understood as a dialogue between the building and the neighbourhood: gestures of the volumes towards themselves, the landscape and the passengers. Furthermore also the coherence between outdoor-outdoor, indoor-outdoor, indoor-indoor and how this influences the human communication. This communication can be spontaneous or directed.Listed below are the types of communication in accordance with one’s location in a usual case.


SPONTANEOUS: non addressed areas, e.g. circulation area, outdoor, car park


SPONTANEOUS OR DIRECTED : addressed areas, e.g. library, studios, foyer, faculty club, restaurant, café


DIRECTED: lecture halls, office spaces,


laboratories As this is a interaction provoking design spaces should offer also spontaneous meetings.

Present/past/future activities should be visible not only for participants: this could be implemented with open discussions in the studio area;with visual and sound insight into the lecture and seminar halls; with projects exposed and sketches on white boards that also could be used as a partition in the studios and offices. Providing an insight into happenings one of the best ways to get people involved. Though designing open ground floors not that much the privacy but the possibility of concentrated work must be respected. Possible partitions could be made out of transparent and translucent materials being individually adjustable and also having sound isolating qualities. From the outside readable indoor activities let the building chat with the campus.


Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations, the building also communicates with its environment.The façade collects sun light as valuable source for energy. A ventilation system with heat recovery and a ground hear exchanger in connection to the triple pane double low-e glazing and a super insulation provide energy effiency over the entire life cycle.