Construction of Helix building underway
Construction on the new Helix building of the Wageningen University and Research Centre has commenced.
Aiming to enhance synergy and cooperation, the Helix building combines eight departments of the Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group (AFSG). Arup and Wiegerinck architecture urbanism are involved as ’total engineer’, responsible for the design of the project.
As part of the masterplan for the university campus, which maps over 14,000m2, the centre includes educational and research facilities such as laboratories, offices and work spaces.
Named ’Helix’, the design is based on the shape of the DNA structure. The four atria with their high ceilings spiral around the central core, facilitating dynamic spaces for meetings and social encounters.
The building is designed in 3D, making it possible to detect any design clashes at an early stage. Another advantage is the efficient and clear process available to all involved parties.
The research centre will be connected to the adjacent ’Restaurant of the Future’ and the meeting point ’Impulse’. The completion of the building is expected in early 2015.
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