Design building

The Erasmus Paviljoen has been built in the new heart of Woudestein campus, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Designed by Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond, it plays an essential  role in focusing and charging the newly created public space, both functionally and symbolically. Situated at the junction of the 2 main axes and universally oriented, the building provides a focal point to the campus – there where research meets business and academia mingles with culture. From anywhere in the Paviljoen there is a view of the campus, owing to the glass façades and the differences in level inside the building.

The Paviljoen’s design is an integrated approach, based on programming as well as intimacy, flexibility, sustainability and architecture. This has resulted in a building which not only adapts to daily changes in weather or of seasons, but also to the events it hosts. The building’s façade mediates between the exterior and interior, consisting as it does of louvered shutters. These open or close depending on the amount of sunlight, thus creating dynamic insulation and a façade which literally adjusts to weather and light. An energy-efficient feature , the shutters are also constantly altering the paviljoen’s appearance and give a clear view of the campus.

The Paviljoen´s central multi-purpose hall may be used for a wide range of events. Because of its folding grandstand, mobile bars and flexible stage, it is suitable for events such as theatre performances, debates, parties, concerts and lectures. The area running around the hall consists of 4 different spaces.  The foyer, which offers room for drinks parties, leads into the hall. The grand café is down the stairs and features a small stage for lunchtime concerts or comedians.

Our kitchen serves Italian food made from fresh and sustainable ingredients. In the grand café, drinks parties may be held. The grand café also has several reading corners, perfect for a coffee or a quick get-together. Adjacent to the café are 2 meeting rooms . The sun lounge leads upstairs again, around the hall, to the foyer. The sun lounge contains a large number of study/workspaces as well as an exhibition space on the glass façade.


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