Dutch firm BDG Architects just completed a stunning cylindrical building for Stoas Vilentum University near Wageningen in the Netherlands. The flexible building features a circular glazed facade that minimizes energy loss, and it accommodates labs, offices and classrooms along with informal meeting areas. Stoas Vilentum University is the only institution in the country dedicated to the research and teaching of agriculture and ecology, and it was designed to meet high standards of sustainability and energy-efficiency.
Stoas Vilentum University places a strong focus on sustainability, which is reflected in its form, materials and interior spaces. The school’s cylindrical shape minimizes energy loss while allowing plenty of natural light to flow down through its core. The building’s interior features an open, non-hierarchical layout with flexible spaces that encourage interaction between people.
The new university building shelters labs, offices and classrooms, as well as communal spaces for meetings. Grass-like angled green columns delineate these spaces around the central stairwell, while giant beanbags create informal areas for gathering and enjoying free time. The building and the surrounding landscape are in a constant conversation thanks to the school’s see-through facade, which frames stunning views of the countryside.
Photos by Scagliola Brakkee