Bierman Henket, DP6 and ABT to design Wiebengacomplex in Groningen
Bierman Henket architecten, DP6 architecture studio and ABT have
won the EU contract for the renovation and new construction work of
the Wiebengacomplex in Groningen.
The striking building houses the Academies for Health Studies and Healthcare of the Groningen Hanze University of Applied Sciences. DP6 and Bierman Henket have produced a design to match the atmosphere of today's health academies: open and bright, and radiating health. ABT reinforces the design team with BIM expertise.
The Wiebengacomplex, a grade one listed building, dates from
1922 and originally housed a technical school. The building,
designed by Jan Gerko Wiebenga, is an early example of the Modern
Movement. Today the building no longer meets modern sustainability,
climate and space standards.
The original building, as well as two later extensions, are to be renovated, and the complex will be expanded to cover part of the courtyard. The new construction enables common functions to be centrally located and to shorten the routes to the different working environments. The spatial reordering of the building's core opens up the school's character.
The new part of the building will link directly to the essence
of Wiebenga's oeuvre: an efficiently laid out building with
parallel lines and symmetrical building volumes. The flexibility of
the building allows the additional pressure resulting from the
increased intensity of teaching methods to be accommodated.
The new parts of the building will be constructed in white concrete and glass to contrast with the original listed building. The use of prefab elements will speed up the construction process and reduces any inconvenience to the surroundings to a minimum.
The design process is currently underway. The entire work on the complex is to be created in a BIM environment. Completion is scheduled for mid-2016.