connection between old and new

University Campus Tapijn, Maastricht

Tapijn undergoes a true metamorphosis; from abandoned barracks to a lively city park. This will not only be the place for residents to stroll and do recreational activities, but also a pleasant environment to study or work. Maastricht University opened a new location at this unique location in 2020. LIAG is responsible for the transformation of the existing barracks into a healthy educational environment. LIAG has preserved the context of the environment and the building values as a monument.

Photography: Ronald Tilleman

Transformation from abandonned barracks to a citypark and university

university Maastricht


In 2010 the last NATO soldiers left the Tapijnkazerne. Maastricht University opened a new location for the economic faculty here. Three barracks in square around the 'appelplaats' are therefore currently being restored. New construction is added to this monumental ensemble. It is a cleverly thought out design. A transparent, deepened plinth provides access to the faculty and connects the existing buildings (with lecture halls, various teaching rooms and study places).

Studenten en onderzoekers hebben veel baat bij een “gezonde” leer- en werkomgeving. Het integraal meenemen van welzijn en gezondheid in de ontwikkeling van de Tapijnkazerne onderschrijft het belang van duurzaamheid en gezondheid voor Universiteit Maastricht.
universitair hoofddocent Nils Kok

This design reinforces and emphasizes the character of the military area. A subtle reference is made to cultural history by retaining the orthogonal structure. And by maintaining the views between and through the buildings. In addition, there is a nice transition between an "open" (learning) landscape and buildings. The new building has been designed in an understated way, and a public program has been added to this inviting, multifunctional plinth, such as a catering square.

sustainable and healthy

Sustainability is an important theme for Maastricht University; just like the health and well-being of students and staff. This is the first project submitted by a European university that is able to register for the WELL Building Standard. Various evidence-based measures that are related to well-being have been integrated into this new educational building.

"The standard fits in seamlessly with UM's sustainability objectives," said Nick Bos, vice-president of the Executive Board. “Students and researchers benefit greatly from a healthy learning and working environment. The integral inclusion of welfare and health in the development of Tapijn underlines the importance of sustainability and health for Maastricht University. ”

Jelle de Boer (restauratie-architect), VIAC (installatieadvies), DGMR (bouwfysica), Bouwadviesbureau van der Ven (constructie), Frits Bokelman (stedenbouw)

Landscape architect:
Bosch Slabbers

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