University library for the University of Amsterdam

We are especially proud to have obtained the European contract for the “Advice for structures renovation & new developments of the inner-city University library” for the University of Amsterdam.

Of the 21 agencies that initially applied, Van Rossum was chosen after various selection rounds and a concluding presentation.

The total size area of the University library is approximately 14,685 m2 GFL; of which about 8,000 m2 GFL is existing monumental buildings.

The assignment is to realise an Inner-city University library in the existing monumental building Zusterhuis (partially) and the Tweede Chirurgische Kliniek. The rest of the programme is to be realised in new developments, by covering the inner courtyard, a new 1-layer (or partially 2-layer) basement under part of the existing structure and new developments on the construction area on the corner of the Nieuwe Doelenstraat/ Binnengasthuisstraat, completing the line of facades in the Nieuwe Doelenstraat.

With around 30,000 students and 5,000 employees, the University of Amsterdam is one of Europe’s largest general universities.

Together, the HvA and the UvA offer a broad and varied range of higher education to meet the (international) demand for more highly-educated people and the reinforcement of the economy’s power of innovation.

Binnengasthuis area

In the coming years, the Faculty of Humanities will be located on and around the Binnengasthuis area and Oudemanhuispoort in the existing UvA buildings. The Inner-city University library, the study centre/ library with the openly accessible collection for the humanities, will be located at the BG area as well.

The Binnengasthuis area and its immediate surroundings make up part of the conservation area and are in the buffer zone of the Amsterdam Canal District, listed as Unesco World Heritage. The terrain itself comprises an ensemble of nineteenth-century (housing) buildings with seventeenth and eighteenth-century monuments on the edge. The nineteenth-century pavilions are listed as national heritage sites, both per building and as an ensemble.

The Inner-city library will have a public function. In addition to its use as a library, the building will be used as a study centre where education and research meet.

Client University of Amsterdam
Architects Roberto Meyer – MVSA Architecten, André van Stigt – Van Stigt Architect Agency
Technical installations Valstar Simonis b.v.
Geotechnics CRUX Engineering b.v.
Fire and construction physics and acoustics Peutz b.v.