ROTTERDAM UNVEILS NEW “EGG-IN-A-BOX” STUDENT PAVILION AT ERASMUS UNIVERSITY
A new student centre has been unveiled at Erasmus University in Rotterdam that is unlike any other. It features a transparent exterior and a curved oak interior. Powerhouse Company collaborated with De Zwarte Hond on the project, and the Dutch studios describe the layout as an “egg-in-a-box” arrangement. The building is intended to become the new social hub of the university campus, and is located to the east of the city centre. The idea behind the project was to create a bright, welcoming and positive area for staff and students alike, which is why the building is as open as possible and more public activities can be found around the perimeter. Powerhouse Company won a competition to design the building back in 2010, saying to Dezeen magazine, “this ‘egg-in-a-box’ arrangement preserves the transparency of the exterior through its floor-to-ceiling glazing.”
... It allows the pavilion to better connect with its surroundings, as well as to encourage passersby to flow in from all elevations.