The new-build for the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FWN) at the University of Leiden represents a significant milestone in the history of the University and, in particular, the Faculty. Elaborating on the Faculty's viewpoint on housing, JHK Architecten and Inbo Rotterdam developed a plan where the current collection of introverted institutes would be interwoven to form a single, modern, communicative and open faculty, where an optimal exchange of knowledge between the various research streams, but also between education and research, would be facilitated. Phase 1 is new-build of 45,000 m² on the Bioscience park, which will be delivered in Augustus 2015. The entire new-build will be carried out in three phases and amounts to a total of 99,000 m².
The faculty building has been designed in such a way that it is experienced as a single architectural entity and has a fullest possible relationship with the surrounding urban space. The existing striking 'flying saucer' containing lecture theatres will be connected to the new-build but not interwoven. The layout of the new-build will be characterized by a clear comb structure. The arrangement with building segments and courtyards makes it possible for everyone to work at the outside wall, with natural light and a view as important benefits. A central axis functions as a backbone and connects different generic building segments with each other.
With its building-high vide, the imposing central axis is a dynamic and inspiring heart. The scientists from the generic wings and the students in the training areas are both included in the axis. That creates the opportunity to meet and links the various areas of the faculty to form a single unit. On the east side of the hall, over the entire length and height of the building, there is an impressive showcase of knowledge, where lecture theatres, laboratories and meeting rooms reflect the character of FWN.