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VU Research Building

Together with the O|2 Lab building and the New University building, this new research building will replace the outdated Mathematics & Physics building, which will be largely demolished in the near future. The new research building will be a medical sciences lab building and represents the next step in renovating the university’s buildings for science and practical research. Much of this research will be carried out using highly sensitive laser microscopes. For this reason, a lot of effort has gone into a coming up with a design that ensures that the building – and especially the basement – will be free of vibrations.

Future entrance


The building will consist of a higher 13-storey tower and a lower 6-storey tower behind it. To ensure that the building is vibration-free, the entire building will have extra deep diaphragm walls around the basement, which will also be constructed using sheet piles. The construction consortium JP van Eesteren and Croonwolter&dros will be working on the foundations and on the construction pit with the diaphragm walls and sheet piling until the end of 2020. The shell of the higher and lower buildings will then be constructed. Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023. The building was designed by the architectural firm cepezed.