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Towering Revolving Door at Utrecht University

Last updated 2 years ago by Jon Wilkins

We learn from Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, that they have installed a custom-made, manual revolving door at the entrance to the school’s newest addition, the Viktor J. Koningsberger building, dedicated to the faculties of Geosciences, Science and Medicine.

What is special about this is that the door is nine metres tall!

Rotterdam-based architects, Ectory Hoogstad, were asked to create a building at Utrecht University that would serve as an addition to two other existing buildings: the Minnaert building and the Buys Ballot building.

Joost Ector, Director and Project Architect, explained:

“All buildings had to be combined into one educational centre for the science faculties. We solved that very simply by making a kind of ‘loop’ on the first floor; a circuit that runs through all the buildings. A new building has been added on the corner, and that is what has become the Koningsberger building. Through the ‘walk’ all buildings are now connected, and the students can easily walk from one building to another.

The central themes in the design of this iconic building are lightness, openness and transparency. These properties are reflected in the façade and play an important role at the main entrance.

“Of course we want you to be able to enter the cluster of buildings from all sides of the campus easily, so the new entrance had to be functional and recognizable, but also belong to the story of the building as a whole. You walk down to the building, make that little turn through the entrance and then you suddenly see that the big atrium going up a hundred times. We just love that!”

says Ector.

Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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