The design is based on a radial lay-out, arranged around two central cores that house the vertical circulation for fast access to each floor. The cores contain elevators, emergency exit stairways and service spaces. Each floor consists of two circular plates placed on split-levels. These circular floor plates are connected with stairways and sloping walkways around a central vertical void, where connecting bridges provide the ‘slow transportation’.
The facade incorporates different scales and openings, each related to the program and activities inside as the continuous white walls follow the internal connections. Elongated windows in the facade and roof indirectly light the rest of the building. The building is designed for long term sustainability and its integrated design incorporates concepts of natural ventilation, energy efficiency, and day-lighting.
School of Design
UNStudio Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber with Adolfo Nadal, Mieneke Dijkema and Juergen Heinzel, Hanka Drdlova, Yu-Chen Li, Margherita del Grosso, Christian Schmit
Advisors Executive Architect: Ronald Lu & Partners Ove Arup & Partners Landscape Consultant: EDAW