Utrecht Science Park – De Uithof

A visit to several leading contemporary buildings on Utrecht Science Park – De Uithof. Construction started in the 1960’s but came to a halt in the following decade. However, in the past ten years building has been resumed with much enthusiasm, turning Utrecht Science Park into an actual campus. The new building impulse has resulted in several remarkable buildings.

You can choose one or more of the following buildings in Utrecht Science Park – De Uithof: the Educatorium by Rem Koolhaas/OMA (1997), the University Library by Wiel Arets Architects (2004), the A.A. Hijmans van den Bergh Building by Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects (2006), the Faculty for Beta Sciences by Herman Hertzberger (2011), the Padualaan 101 (former Faculty for Economy and Management) by Mecanoo Architects (1995), the Victor J. Koningsberger building by Ector Hoogstad Architects [2015] and the extension of the Life Science Incubator by Mecanoo [2017].

A selection of the following buildings are also part of the tour. The interior of these buildings can not be visited: Ronald McDonald House by Bosch Haslet Architects (1998), student housing Cambridgelaan by Rudy Uytenhaak Architects (1999), the Nicolaas Bloemberg Building by UN Studio (2001), the Basket Bar by NL Architects (2003), the cogeneration plant by Atelier Zeinstra van der Pol Architects (2005), student housing the Bishops by Köther Salman Koedijk Architects (2006), student housing Casa Confetti by Marlies Rohmer Architects (2008).

This excursion also emphasizes the urban structure of Utrecht Science Park – De Uithof, the urban plan that was designed by Art Zaaijer/OMA (1986). This plan answered to the existing structure, which hardly took into account the original landscape formed by the Hollandse Waterlinie, the famous Dutch water defence system. The buildings erected in the so-called ‘kasbah-zone’ illustrate the urban development master plan. The landscape structure is designed by West 8.

NOTE: During the weekend only the University Library is open for visit.

The duration of the tour depends on te number of buildigs to visit. See an overview under ‘costs’.

Number of participants
The maximum number of participants for a walking tour is 20. For a bike tour 15. You can easily book one of more extra tours for extra participants. Please mention the total number of participants at the application form and we define the number of guides needed.

1 hr | € 120,- (including 21% vat) | building to visit: 1
1,5 hrs | € 160,- (including 21% vat) | builings to visit: 2 by foot | 3 by bike
2 hrs | € 190,- (including 21% vat) | builings to visit: 3 by foot | 4 by bike
2,5 hrs | € 220,- (including 21% vat) | builings to visit: 4 by foot | 5 by bike

You can book a tour through filling in the application form:

application form

For more information on tours and bookings you can reach us on Mondays from 10 to 13 hrs  and on Thursdays from 10 to 17 hrs. You can reach us by mail: aorta@aorta.nu, or by phone: +31 (0)30 2321686.