KHBO - University College Bruges

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KHBO - University College Bruges
KHBO – Catholic College Campus, Bruges Overall concept The KHBO campus is notable for its striking design. The architects envision this building as a streamlined ship whose dynamic form expresses the most up-to-date trends concerning the transfer of knowledge and competence in higher education. It is an autonomous architecture of well thought out volumes and spaces with a strong identity that provides a lasting response to the complex needs and strict conditions to which a contemporary building must answer. Implantation The college campus for 3,200 students is located in Bruges (Belgium). The building’s 24,000-m² surface area lies along a major roadway and forms a visual and sound barrier between the busy highway and a peaceful green campus. From the perspective of the highway, the building is a visual beacon that embodies the presence of higher education in Bruges. On the campus itself, pedestrian and motorized traffic are strictly divided. Bicycle use is strongly encouraged through the provision of 750 covered bicycle parking spaces that are easily accessed. Architecture Great care has been taken to design a structure that accommodates optimal flexibility. Flexibility characterizes various layers of the concept, from the architectural modulation to the static structure and layout of technical provisions – all functions that can be filled in optimally according to the current and future needs of the client. Functional relationships between the spaces and the size of the rooms can be refined, adapted, or changed in a simple way. The desired goal was an integral design that united spatial planning, the integration of art works, structure, and technical provisions in a powerful, coherent whole. The main functions and entrances are clearly recognizable; access streams connect logically with internal circulation paths. The building consists of three main divisions: a volume containing the auditorium and cafeteria, three equal, sober volumes with classrooms and offices, and a powerful volume encompassing study-related activities. The entire assemblage is covered by a gigantic roof that, on the highway side, flows into a façade clad with anthracite-colored zinc. Narrow horizontal windows are filled in with glass that ranges from yellow to green. A lecture hall for 350 people and two lecture halls for 150 can be joined to form a single large lecture hall for 650 simply by opening the acoustic dividing walls. Architecturally, the volume is clearly recognizable. This large auditorium is provided with translation booths and the podium makes it suitable for symposia and conferences. In the reception area, the main façade of the auditorium is equipped with a large wall for digital projections. A bright cafeteria for 350 students is situated underneath the auditoria and looks out onto a southern terrace through an impressive glass curtain wall. This terrace, in turn, flows into a lawn that has also been conceived as an amphitheater. The classroom and study area form an architectural whole with three recognizable components. It comprises a forum with individual study islands, three wings with classrooms and subject rooms, and additional study facilities. The classroom and study area is a peaceful zone; it is visually and acoustically closed off from the noisier areas of the complex, such as the reception area and cafeteria. The forum is conceived as a three-dimensional meeting place with broad steps, open galleries, and places to sit or study. The three wings containing classrooms and study facilities give onto this space. This light-flooded, contemporary forum is a serene, heterotopic space in which students and teachers can meet, and for this reason it is provided with a large number of study islands integrated into the galleries at various levels. To top it off visually, the space ends in a

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