KAAN Architecten Educational Center Erasmus University Medical Center

Source: Europaconcorsi
Date: August 10, 2016

This design is prompted by the desire for a better integration of all the teaching facilities connected with the Medical Centre.

The Medical Centre thereby hopes to optimise the synergy between the departments, their staff and their expertise. This ambition calls for a new building that matches both the goals and the existing buildings on location.

The design, however, also contributes to a better integration and linking of the entire Erasmus Medical Centre with the city. In that process the Westzeedijk, but especially the adjacent Museumpark, must be transformed from barriers into a turntable or meeting point.

After all, other institutions border on this park which also contribute to an urban culture such as the museums, the Kunsthal, the Medical Faculty, the Polytechnic, and the Erasmiaans Gymnasium. The urban and cultural potential of the park and its potential as a flywheel have hardly been exploited so far.

The idea of a turntable and meeting point can also be seen inside the building itself. Various components of health care will be represented with their teaching institution in the new Teaching Centre. During their study, students can meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from related disciplines.

The master plan, with a strategy and sketch design, envisages a large study landscape as the focal point of the Teaching Centre where all students, teachers and members of staff will be able to meet one another.

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