Web: www. Composed of two planes which fold to accommodate a range of distinct programs, including an outdoor plaza, two lecture halls, cafeteria and a testing facility. Planes interlock to create a single trajectory in which the entire university experience — socialization, learning, examination — is encapsulated. The Educatorium is conceived as a new center of gravity for the Uithof University Campus. Point of departure of the design are two sheets which fold and interlock.
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Author: OMA ,. Materials: Glass , Cement ,. TAGS: Exhibition ,. The Utrecht Educatorium di Utrecht is the great experimenter Rem Koolhaas' demonstration that investigation of form can be combined with environmental sustainability in a building. Other photos Floating Cubes by Younghan Chung Architects.
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The Educatorium is the first phase of a long-term study conducted by OMA Architects to modernize and develop the Campus of the University of Utrecht, east of the city. Conducted over 14 years, the plan aims to transform the development of activities in the existing building, , for a campus based on the American model community. The word was a made up name Educatorium intended to connote a learning center, and a place to promote higher education. These facilities house shared activities of 14 faculties and many research institutes, creating a major new center for meeting and exchange. Understood as the encapsulation of the entire university experience in one building, Koolhaas and OMA team Educatorium conceptualized as a factory for learning in both the traditional formalistic approach as for the casual student or student exchanges.
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Text description provided by the architects. Part of a larger masterplan for the campus of De Uithof for Utrecht University to create a more westernized version of a college campus, the Educatorium was designed to be the new center of campus, not only geographically but socially as well. Understood to be the encapsulation of the entire university experience in one building, Koolhaas and his team at OMA conceptualized the Educatorium as a factory for learning in both the traditional formalistic approach as well as the informal student to student exchange. The Educatorium was designed specifically so that the processes of socialization, learning, and examination would be entangled within one another blurring the boundaries between lounges, classrooms, and corridors such that there is a constant redefinition of what it means to learn in a social environment. The design of the Educatorium is conceptualized as two planes that fold, wrap, and interlock with one another. In section the two planes appear ot be in contention with one another; one plane rigid the other fluid a suggestion as to the programmatic, spatial, and social juxtapositions happening within. In both cases of the concrete floor plates, there is a sense of fluidity — some more apparent than others — where floor becomes wall becomes ceiling in one simple motion.
Educatorium, Utrecht: an example of a sustainable building