Sports Building Erasmus University Rotterdam

Rotterdam (NL), 2022



The new Sports Building of the Erasmus University on Campus Woudestein in Rotterdam, is designed as a training and sports facility that offers students much more than a venue to work out or play team sports.

The new building marks the entrance of the University Campus. The complex’s shape of stacked and connected ‘sports boxes’, behind a semi-transparent skin, creates a sculptural effect. The poetic, fragile façade changes during the day – depending on viewpoint, time, lighting and season  – and turns a straightforward sports building into a dynamic living object.

The sports complex is organized around an inner street which connects the two main building volumes. Originally, the two plots were also separated by a street. The inner street, the backbone of the building with entrances on two sides, provides a clear orientation. The street does not only have a logistic function, but is also an important gathering place, offering plenty of spots to meet with your friends, have a drink, and enjoy an attractive view over the different sport activities. After all, the social aspect is an important motivation for people to do sports.

As a result of Erasmus University Rotterdam’s high ambitions with regards to sustainability and energy-use, the building is designed to be energy neutral and the interior is constructed mainly from circular building materials.

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Name: Sports Building Erasmus University Rotterdam
Location: Erasmus Plaza, Rotterdam (NL)
Program: 3 sport halls, 2 gyms, a fitness, bar/restaurant and additional facilities.
Surface area: 8800 m2
Assignment: Competition design, Schematic design, Design development, Construction documents, Construction administration
Period: 2018-2022
Status: Completed
Client: Erasmus University Rotterdam


VenhoevenCS: Manfred Wansink, Jos-Willem van Oorschot, Piotr Gierek, Martijn Tjassens Keiser, Peter Rugebregt, Grzegorz Balinski, Martin Radner
Main contractor:Remmers Sport en Onderwijs
Structural engineer:Verhoeven en Leenders
MEP:Nelissen Ingenieursbureau
Building physics:Nelissen Ingenieursbureau
Other:Hoppenbrouwers (Installation contractor)
Images: b1design (renders)