"I am immensely pleased with the wonderful result of this renovation of Langezijds. It will give our students and staff members an excellent place to study and work at the heart of the campus on the O&O Square. It is with due pride that I look forward to our relocation here in April," said David Korringa.
About LangezijdsThe Langezijds building is located on the UT campus in Enschede and, at 220 metres long, it is one of the longest buildings in the Netherlands. Just over a year and a half ago, the construction consortium started the transformation of this building. From April 2023, the 13,783 m2 building will house about 700 students and staff of UT’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). The move to the O&O Square is the ultimate capstone of ITC’s integration at UT.
transformation in sustainability while retaining characterLangezijds is one of the most sustainable buildings on campus. Besides going from energy label G to A+++, it is a transparent and future-proof building that houses teaching spaces, laboratories, a large study centre, offices and a food-work café in the social heart of Langezijds. Around 1,000 solar panels have been installed on the roof. The former engineering hall is still recognizable thanks to the visible preservation of the raw concrete and steel construction, lots of glass and hundreds of laminated oak window frames. There has been one crucial intervention: through large cuts, three brand-new atriums provide greenery, daylight, fresh air and form a biotope for flora and fauna. The design is by Civic Architects, VDNDP and Studio Groen+Schild.
Rob Nengerman, building project manager at Campus & Facility Management University of Twente: "After an intensive construction period in which many people involved worked hard with heart and soul to sustainably renovate Langezijds, I am proud of the result and of everyone who worked on it. A beautiful characteristic building made suitable to house ITC."