Dutch firm Paul de Ruiter Architects have unveiled a novel student pavilion for the Netherlands’ Erasmus University that aims to go zero energy while creating a comfortable, light-filled hub for the campus. Spotted over at Designboom, the design for the Rotterdam-based university features a hybrid roof system that captures daylight and solar energy with an array of light-harvesting tubes. Passive cooling and state-of-the-art heating systems increase energy savings even further. The clean look of a circle-in-a-box aesthetic keeps the building light and open, creating an inviting atmosphere for students to meet and study in.
The architects explain that the unique roof system uses an ‘intelligent solar system’ which directs daylight into the interior while reducing solar heat gain and producing clean energy. That’s a pretty neat trick if they can pull it off. The open interior makes full use of that daylight with a central interior atrium that offers plenty of places to crash. A theater, café, and work centers are tucked along the sides and on a second floor. The entire ground level is flanked with a full-story glass façade that makes the building transparent.
The pavilion is heated and cooled with a ground-source heat pump coupled with a radiant tube concrete core that cuts energy consumption. Add natural cooling, night flushing, and copious daylighting and the student pavilion may very well ace the zero energy test.