The new premises of the Academic Centre for Dentistry is situated on the ambitious Southern Axis development corridor (Zuidas), in full view of the A10 motorway. They consist of a seven-storey base above which hovers a block of laboratories.
The first two floors are rendered as a transparent plinth with an open character. A large cantilever shelters the entrance zone, whose illuminated open-air ceiling emphasizes its height and has an inviting ambience. Inside, beneath the floor tilting in two directions of the double-height lecture hall, is a large public information desk. The central well, around which all functions are organized, is a vibrant hub pulling everything together.
A basic graphic pattern of stripes applied to the glazing of the facade gives a surprising Moiré effect: the building's look changes with the angle of observation and the weather conditions. The restaurant in the transparent intermediary zone can be seen from a great distance and itself offers a spectacular view across Amsterdam.
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Benthem Crouwel Architects
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