Knowledge through encounters with others – that’s the concept behind the Rhijnspoorgebouw (RSG) on the Campus HvA, the new technology building of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Since its purpose is meeting, that’s exactly what this building enacts: not only do its two volumes come together to create a whole, but one of these daringly interacts with a neighbouring building to form a huge social hub, the atrium.
For this project, Powerhouse Company teamed up with Architekten Cie, which has a great reputation for large-scale urban projects, and Marc Koehler Architects. Like Powerhouse Company’s Nanne de Ru, Marc Koehler actually studied at the client’s school in the past.
A team was created with members from each office. Our joint proposal won the competition not only because it incorporated the idea of knowledge through meeting, but also because it demonstrated respect for the surrounding historical context, plus great flexibility when it comes to future use.