Helix research building


Innovative strength and common sense


Wiegerinck and Arup are developing a new teaching and research building for the Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group (AFSG) of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). The building will house the eight different AFSG chair groups.


To be completed as part of the De Born master plan for the university campus, the new building includes spaces for research and training, primarily in the shape of laboratories and (office) work areas. The building will be connected to the nearby ‘Restaurant van de Toekomst’ and the ‘Impulse’ meeting point.


The building commission includes the keywords functionality, flexibility, concentration and synergy. The desired appearance should combine innovative strength with common sense.


The new building takes its name ‘Helix’ from the DNA structure of protein. The building design reproduces the helix shape with four high atriums twisting around a central core. These atriums include formal and informal meeting spaces, creating an interesting spatial system that invites movement.


programme Research building with offices and laboratories
client Wageningen University & Research
user Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group
project team Frank Pörtzgen, Martijn Akkerman, Joris Alofs, Frans Frederiks, Joost de Jong, Arthur Klijn, Arend van Maanen, Roy Pype, Tom Vlemingh, Karin Wennink
consultants ABT, Arup, Ex Interiors, Poelman Reesink
constructor Friso Bouwgroep, Lammerink Installatiegroep, Interfurn
visualisation Wiegerinck
design start 2011
completion 2015
gross surface 15.100 m²
durability Greencalc
construction organisation Total Engineering

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