Tapijn Maastricht

Architects LIAG architects
Location: The Netherlands, Maastricht
Year: 2020
Area: 8,374 m2
Photographs: Ronald Tilleman
Certifications: BREEAM,Excellent,WELL Building Standard

In 2010 the last NATO soldiers left the Tapijnkazerne. Maastricht University will soon be opening a new location for the economic faculty here. Three barracks in a square around the ‘appelplaats’ are therefore currently being restored. New construction is added to this monumental ensemble.

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Image by Ronald Tilleman

It is a cleverly thought out design. A transparent, deepened plinth provides access to the faculty and connects the existing buildings (with lecture halls, various teaching rooms and study places).

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Image by Ronald Tilleman

This design reinforces and emphasizes the character of the military area. A subtle reference is made to cultural history by retaining the orthogonal structure. And by maintaining the views between and through the buildings. In addition, there is a nice transition between an “open” (learning) landscape and buildings. The new building has been designed in an understated way, and a public program has been added to this inviting, multifunctional plinth, such as a catering square.

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Image by Ronald Tilleman
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