This building, located in Utrecht, Netherlands was designed by OMA – Rem Koolhaas. The building was completed in 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. Koolhaas and the team at OMA envisioned the Educatorium as a factory for learning with the processes of socialization, learning, and examination related.

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The design is the relationship of two sheets which fold and interlock. The concrete slab is treated as a malleable surface which allows an optimum fit for each program. The sloped planes of the entrance plateau function like an urban plaza or mixing chamber.


Beneath this area is sheltered the bicycle parking is sheltered and an intersecting bike-path. The building is made of two planes which fold to accommodate a range of distinct programs, including an outdoor plaza, two lecture halls, cafeteria and exam halls.

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Planes interlock to create a single trajectory in which the entire university experience — socialization, learning, examination.

Photography of Andrew Kroll. Oriented towards the north side the larger auditorium is open to the view of the botanical gardens.

Two curving walls educatoriym the room, one solid, one of glass. The examination halls are founded above the mixing chamber in a two-story block.

Educatorium, Utrecht: an example of a sustainable building

While specifically planned for mass examinations, they are also designed to allow varied configurations of furnishing and inhabitation. A second auditorium with seats is situated to the south and beneath the floor of the auditoria koolhaaw located the cafeteria. Spanning between two massive walls the roof structure is a densely packed series of I-beams forming a surface of steel. Steel and concrete dissociate allowing each material to work at optimum efficiency: A cruciform educatoriim two corridors organize efucatorium movement inside the Educatorium, subdividing each plan into quadrants and functioning as the main connectors.


A second system of paths allows the building to function as a network. Utrecht, Netherlands Project Year: This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.

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