First stone laid for the VUB culture tower17 Jun 2016
On 13 June, an official start was given to the construction of Building Y, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel culture tower. The tower will create a link between the university and the city. It is part of the sustainable XY building project that will include 650 student rooms, new auditoriums, a boardroom and cultural infrastructure including a concert hall, a culture café and an exhibition hall. The new student housing will be located at the edge of the campus in a large, rectangular building bordering the Triomflaan. With simple but carefully considered approaches, the linear construction will engage in a strong dialogue with the urban context. By having part of it raised on columns, and another part twisting back on itself, there is a generous, unambiguous and accessible space. As landmarks, the research tower and the cultural tower form a key point in giving the urban world outside access to the university. The project demonstrates strongly refined architectural elaboration, where a great deal of attention has been paid to functionality. An eye for standardization, optimization of a logical structure and cleverly integrated technical demands all contribute to the management of the building project and the construction costs. The material pallet is sober and sustainable. The urban location along the Triomflaan and the unequivocal extension of the green lawn to the heart of the campus combine to lay a base for the future of an open, integral, flexible and sustainable campus for the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.