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Faculty Bernoulliborg

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The Zernike grounds houses both the main part of the Groningen University and the Hanze Polytechnic. The outdated campus has been redesigned by West 8 landscape architects into an open landscape consisting entirely of green space with independent buildings and a single through route for public transport and slow traffic.

One of the first new buildings is built by De Zwarte Hond. Bernoulliborg, the building for the faculty of mathematics and physics, is organised horizontally. The programme can be read from outside from the vertical progression from the more or less closed upper volume following the shapes of the college rooms on a completely transparent basement. The glass facade allows the approach route to the upper floors to be seen at a glance, provides a panoramic view over the surrounding area and allows the various activities going on inside the building to be seen from outside. The second and higher floors form the main volume of the building. The building's semi-transparent skin existing of coloured glass slats reflects its park-like surroundings.
A four-storey comb structure provides two inner
courtyards which admit natural light into the building and enable vertical spatial connections to be made within it.
The limited building time and the flexibility required for the interior led to the choice of a steel load-bearing structure, which has been left so that it can be seen from both inside and outside the building.
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