The Rotterdam’s academic hospital was designed in 1965 by Arie Hagoort in collaboration with Jean Prouvé. Claus en Kaan Architecten won the architectural competition to do a complete refurbishment with particular focus on the educational facilities.
The area where the Education Centre Erasmus Mc now stands was a large, triangular square. This was the heart of the Medical Faculty – an outdoor space on top of a car park.
The designer wanted to unite teaching, research and patient-care facilities under one roof, where all students, teachers and members of staff are able to meet one another.
Their response was to create a space that centres around a triple-height atrium, including a library, two elevated lecture theatres, a cafe and offices.
The bookcase, the study islands, wooden furniture and wooden walls make the hall a pleasant place for students to study privately or with friends. Study areas are emphasized by bright red carpet, while private spaces are surrounded by wooden balustrades. The remarkable bookcase is more than 35 meters long and 11 meters high and it is containing the Medical Library collection. Also have white spiral staircases. Study islands are installed in 3 rows, each of them is the size of a small room. The island with the lowest floor and highest wall provides the most peaceful place for study. Also there are islands without walls that are used like podium and the counter of the library. One room has been designed as ceremonial hall.
The new design provides a roof over this space and it is the most impressive part of the design. The glass roof covers the complete square and creates a feeling of space, provides daylight, general lighting and diffuses noise.