Teaching Lab TU Delft

A small, yellow, three-dimensional artwork by artist Krijn de Koning has been the inspiration for the winning design of the Teaching Lab at the campus TU Delft. The result is a spacious furniture element – like the artwork finished in monochrome yellow - inserted into the existing relatively narrow and high space of the former Composietenlab. The Teaching Lab is a laboratory where, as a teacher, you can experiment with new forms of education or tools.

Education is developing continuously and universities are constantly exploring how to distinguish themselves from its competition. The Technical University Delft is at the forefront in this quest for education that best suits an ever faster changing society. Teaching staff is encouraged to explore new education methods. The desire to develop physical sanctuaries for these experiments, motivated the founding of the Teaching Academy, with Teaching Lab as its homebase. GROUP A has designed this Lab that allows to expire, to meet and to test.

In an ingenious way the 'furniture element' organizes the space and interconnects four existing floor levels. The furniture is flexible. Spaces can easily be divided or switched by flexible furniture and pivoting doors. For example, on the ground floor podium pop-up studios can be built whereby compact desks and benches can be positioned along the podium edge, and acoustic partition screens can be plugged in into a grid of floor sockets. The large structure comprises a freestanding steel structure, clad with monochrome yellow coloured OSB-panels. For Some areas are clad in contrasting materials, but always in a matching shade of yellow. Thus, felt, perforated plasterboard and carpet are deployed as acoustical surfaces, hpl as finish for the kitchenette, and spray painted magnetic steel plate as 'whiteboards'.

The architectural brief provided a summary description of the Teaching Lab, which consciously left room for the architect's imagination. For GROUP A a reason to design this eye-catching piece of furniture that facilitates users in a continuous search for innovative education and inspires – partly by its yellow color.

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