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Design & Sustainability

For the past few decades the ‘Beursgebouw’ - a former trade centre designed in 1880 by the famous urban architect Thomas Romein - has served as a public library. It will now be transformed into a faculty building for Campus Fryslân.

Starting points:

1. Enhancing the historical character of the building
  • Floor-length windows on ground floor (similar to the original windows)
  • Original entrance restored: middle door will be accessible
  • Original entrance hall restored: stately staircase leading upstairs
  • Steel construction (from 1980s) largely removed: provides more daylight, highlighting the original ornaments (few columns remain to preserve the architectural history of the building and to reuse materials sustainably)
  • Monumental façades will remain intact: new ‘boxes’ (not attached to façades) will be placed and ‘stacked’ as classrooms and work places


2. Technical improvements and more sustainable

  • All electric: no use of gas
  • Improved insulation in floor and ceilings
  • New HR++ windows on ground floor to prevent energy loss
  • Underground thermal energy storage with heatpump for heating and cooling
  • 362 solar panels on the flat roof
  • Use of energy low LED-lighting
  • Plug points at each workstation
  • High capacity of the wireless network (WiFi802.11 ac)
  • From energy label G to Energy label B 

The new building in numbers:

  • 5,500 m2 GFA, 4 floors
  • Accommodate 1,000 students (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD) and staff
  • 12 project/classrooms
  • 4 medium-sized lecture halls
  • 2 large interconnecting lecture halls
  • 180 work stations for students
  • 32 work stations for PhD students
  • 65 work stations for staff


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