Archinect - News 2014-04-17T15:54:39-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/84673725/a-living-heart-for-a-modernist-campus-erasmus-university-rotterdam-revitalizes-its-grounds A living heart for a modernist Campus - Erasmus University Rotterdam revitalizes its grounds Jaakko van 't Spijker 2013-10-21T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T11:54:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5iy47zo1mo8ceyt.jpg" width="514" height="938" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Erasmus University Rotterdam has opened the new public heart of its Woudestein campus. The project can be seen as a benchmark for the way grim and gloomy '60s and '70s institutional areas can be sparked to life. </strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ldc2087kv9caylyh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>A new semi-sunken garage has been integrated with a new public space design and pond together with a new student pavilion mark the realization of the first phase of a unique and ambitious revitalization master plan.&nbsp; The master plan was designed by the collaborating Dutch firms Juurlink [+] Geluk and jvantspijker architects.</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pj/pjpu0yc1wk672g1r.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p0k016juwbzyzv3w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Transformation master plan: parking and landscaping as a game-changer</strong><br> The transformation primarily addresses the need for a sense of place, orientation, way-finding and identity as well as providing a high quality of public space with a pleasant experience. The Erasmus Plaza is the new central axis of the campus, a boulevard and formal entrance to the University.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6x9icbo6gysprp5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The garage frees the site for landscaping while it&nbsp; injects people into t...</p>