New University Building


Statusstart excution 2014
Completion date2018
ArchitectTeam V Architectuur
AddressDe Boelelaan

You will be able to enjoy an evening movie in the same space where lectures are given during the day - the New University Building will prioritize multifunctionality. The New University Building will combine teaching, research and the cultural programme of De Griffioen in the same rooms. In four years’ time, the New University Building will occupy a central location on De Boelelaan and Campusplein. It will stand between the Care and Welfare Educational Institute (OZW), the Transitorium and the Energy Centre. The New University Building will feature an underground car park, and construction will start soon. When the car park is finished at the end of 2015, the cornerstone for the New University Building will be laid.

Together with the O|2 Building, the New University Building will replace most of the current Mathematics and Physics Building (W&N). The first tenants of the offices will be scientific research groups. There is scope for innovative teaching such as intensification, digitization, a range of study areas, and space for people to come together to exchange knowledge. The heart of the building will be formed by the atrium on the ground floor, where the grand café and shops will also be located. The first floor will accommodate the Library Learning Center (LLC). Architects Barry van Waveren and Jeroen van Schooten of Team V Architecten (formerly Meyer and Van Schooten Architects) have designed a modest, flexible and sustainable (Breeam Excellent) building. The New University Building will ascend in steps, so that on the campus side it will be seven stories high and on De Boelelaan side it will be twelve storeys high. The whole building will have 31,000 m2 of floor space and will be used mainly by computer scientists from VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam, as well as by students from all faculties.

The new underground parking facility will have space for around 600 cars and 1,300 bicycles. By moving parking underground the quality of public space will be improved and the campus will feature more green areas. There will be three storeys for parking, including facilities like charging stations for electric cars. Access to the parking garage (in and out) will be in Van der Boechorststraat. The bicycle parking facility will occupy one storey under the new road that will be created between the New University Building and OZW buildings.