The Bernoulliborg, located on the Zernike Complex (Nijenborgh 9), is a new building of the University of Groningen. It can accommodate 350 staff members and 500 students. With its size of 33 by 83 meters and a height of 27 metres the building has plenty of room for the central departments of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (formerly known as the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) and the departments of mathematics, computing science and artificial intelligence.
The architects of architectural firm De Zwarte Hond designed the building, which is covered with blue silk screened glass panels and placed on a two-storey transparent plinth. Through the reflective glass, both the environment and the construction of the building are visible. In April 2008 a dome was placed on the roof of the Bernoulliborg with an observatory. The observatory contains a 40 centimeter F/8 Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope which was a gift from the Gratema Foundation. It was first used in May 2008.
The name Bernoulliborg was selected through a contest. The Bernoulliborg is named after Johan Bernoulli (professor in Groningen) and his son Daniel Bernoulli (born in Groningen). The name also refers to the old borgen of Groningen (castle-like, fortified farmhouses). On February 7, 2008 Prof. Dr. Koos Duppen (Member of the Board of the University) opened the building.
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