Cycling impacting architecture at Utrecht University

The Utrecht University campus has been designed around cycling. The bike path from town passes under the first building, that is lifted to provide a bicycling gateway. Wherever the under side of a cantilevered lecture theatre announces an entry, the covered space is filled with bikes. A running theme is the floor level window disclosing the bike racks.


The highlight of course is Rem’s Educatorium Building, where the bike ramp to the basement bike parking announces the theme of the whole building: scissoring ramps. Seeing it up close, I was impressed by the sheer number of architectural in-jokes: mostly references to famous buildings by Mies van der Rohe.

1 Comment

  1. Edward says:

    Absolutely brilliant. You’re not missing much back home. It’s raining and we’re having an online discussion about helmet laws.

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