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The New Bouwkunde by Adam Wojtalik

Polish Design Season: for his masters project student Adam Wojtalik proposed a conceptual design for the Delft University of Technology's Faculty of Architecture, whose previous campus was destroyed by fire in 2008.

Called The New Bouwkunde, the campus would feature an eleven-storey tower and a five-storey pavilion.

These would be connected by a curved, glazed roof, almost half of which would be covered with photovoltaic panels.

An under-cover lawn would span the ground-floor space between the tower and pavilion, with a canteen, coffee bar, lounge zone and auditorium around the edge.

The tower would accommodate student areas including a library, lecture halls, studios and computer labs.

Faculty staff would be housed in the five-storey pavilion with conference rooms and offices.

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Here are some more details from Wojtalik:


Good school is like second home. This few words describe whole concept of this building. From the first sketches, the new Bouwkunde, was intend to be as much student friendly as it could be.

Huge pressure was put on leisure and recreation areas, which are on almost every floor. However the epicenter of it was created on the lower parts of the building.

The ground floor is a huge, public space consists of canteen, coffee bar, book store, exposition/exhibition zone, lounge zone and auditoriums.

But the most interesting about this part of the building is concrete structure in the middle, which hides "the meadow". This is a green area which raise between ground level and first floor and it is whole covered with grass.

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All of this is linked through the workshop with underground level, where building technologies laboratory could also be found. These two floors are the heart of the new Bouwkunde.

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In the upper parts, building divides into two structures.

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The first one reach eleven storey and it was designed as a student part with library, computer rooms, lecture halls and "open space studios".

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The second one has five storeys and consist of conference rooms, administration offices and professors rooms.

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The new Bouwkunde building has been designed as an eleven storey building with two volumes connected by huge, curved glass structure.

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This creates several possibilities to decrease costs of maintenance.

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Almost half of this surface is covered with solar panels.

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It gives almost 1500m2 of photovoltaic cells, which produce 4000kWh per day.


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By dint of this structure it was possible to create a double façade circulation system.

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This increase efficiency of ventilation and gives natural insulation to the building.

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Façades are covered with fibre concrete panels and some of them are openable.