Two faculties and three study associations of the University Twente are moving to the second floor of the existing Carré building. To meet their requirements the interior needs to be reorganized. The faculty of Science and Technology (TNW) and the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS / EWI) are in need of more space to study, to work and to meet; an inspiring studyscape.
The entire building has 5 floors and is positioned around a courtyard. The existing structure of the interior consists mainly of blind long corridors with adjoining office spaces, laboratories and student rooms. A clever setup of installations and an extra high ceiling make the building very flexible.
The idea is to open up the rigid structure of the existing corridors and create wider areas in order to give a sense of surprise and inspiration for students as well as for employees to work, study and to meet. We make efficient use of the floor and give these faculties a healthier and more sustainable working environment.
For this reason, a big part of the floor area hosts a landscape of different study areas. On one side it is quiet and more intimate (the pavilion) with an addition of a library that eventually can turn into a stage. On the other side it is more dynamic and flexible with loose furniture that students are free to move around to their needs. This space is now representing the TNW faculty.
Another part of the corridor area will become a social space for the employees of EEMCS / EWI and a place where they can organize small lectures.
The project that will be completed in February 2020 has now been defined in all its details including the choice of materials. What we aimed at, was selecting materials with sustainable criteria. For example waste materials reuse, plastic waste reuse, natural fabrics, less presence of chemicals and glues, bio based products etc… In addition to that, we choose durable materials such as bamboo which is the main material for the project and finally we reused existing lightings.