Mecanoo: After a comprehensive renovation, the R3 Building (1989) situated at the Fontys Rachelsmolen Campus in Eindhoven, once again suits its users’ needs. The building was upgraded with a spatial and visual overhaul. A large group of users now experience a modern education building that also acts as an entrance to the renewed campus. The renovation has strengthened the ties between the Fontys Campus and the city. This was achieved by expanding the building’s interior volume and by forming new links to the adjoining residential area.
Rachelsmolen Campus was renewed by the creation of a ‘green heart’. By moving parking spaces to the sides of the campus, room was created for a student and staff meeting area. New facilities were also added for bicycle and motorcycle storage. The result is a modern and inspiring educational environment, both indoors and outdoors where students and staff can collaborate, work and study.
Landscape Architecture: Mecanoo
Programme: 8,000 m2 renovation and 1,000 m2 extension of the R3 building with two lecture halls (130 and 144 seats), class rooms, a variety of learning spaces, meeting spaces, media library, coffee bar, interior design and campus landscaping
Client: Fontys Hogescholen, Eindhoven
Structural engineer Bartels ingenieursbureau, Elst
Mechanical engineer K&R Consultants, Apeldoorn
Building physics consultant MobiusConsult, Delft
Wayfinding and identity Silo, Den Haag (European Design Award 2015)