Attractive and high quality learning and research environment

VU University Amsterdam is to get a new beta-medical research building. The VU research building will be a bèta-medical laboratory building of approximately 22,500 m2 and is an important step in the renovation of the bèta housing and research infrastructure of the VU.

Researchers and students increasingly work in networks and therefore set different demands on their work, meeting and study spaces. The team has been challenged to come up with a design for an attractive and high quality learning and research environment that responds to these modern requirements. By using smart design solutions, we aim to promote efficient use and future-proof construction.”

The design team consists of: CEPEZED (architect), Pieters Bouwtechniek (constructor), DWA and DGMR (building services engineering and building physics) and ATOsborne (cost consultant).

Concentration of Human Health & Life Sciences expertise

The VU research building will house a wide range of facilities and functions required for education and research within the theme Human Health & Life Sciences, such as:

– education: various lecture rooms and rooms for self-study
– office and work environment
– laboratory environment, including laboratories (biochemical / ML and practical Synthesis) and laboratories (MLII level), research facilities (including physiological layouts, electron microscopy, and laser facilities)
– campus facilities (including a technology service centre and a server room, catering, meeting and conference accommodation)
– R&D facility for cooperation with third parties

Sustainable development

With the design of this building, the VU aspires to achieve the BREEAM New Building Design certificate level Excellent. That means that sustainable measures are taken into account from the start of the design and developed for future use. This creates a liveable, energy-efficient and durable building.