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Architecture Film “The Learn’d”

Architecture | June 16, 2015 |

architecture film learn'dImage courtesy of Victor Vroegindeweij

Architecture Film “The Learn’d”

A striking architecture film takes a poetic look at the new Educational Centre of the Erasmus MC academic hospital in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Directed by Victor Vroegindeweij, the film itself was commissioned by KAAN Architecten on the occasion of the building being nominated for this year’s European Union Architecture Award ‘Mies van der Rohe’.

architecture film learn'd Image courtesy of Victor Vroegindeweij

Borrowing its title from the poem ‘When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer’ by Walt Whitman, which raises questions about the relationship between objective knowledge and subjective human experiences, the film acts as the perfect ommentary on what the role and function of a medical university’s library should and could be.

architecture film learn'dImage courtesy of Sebastian van Damme

Often referred to as a ‘medical city’, Rotterdam’s academic hospital Erasmus MC is indeed a dense urban complex designed in 1965 by Arie Hagoort (OD205) in collaboration with Jean Prouvé. What is today KAAN Architecten’s Educational Centre used to be an open courtyard named Level 2, designed by Hagoort as a connecting promenade between different wings — however, as it was rarely used, the decision was made to turn it into the library and learning centre it is today.

architecture film learn'dImage courtesy of Sebastian van Damme

Creating a dramatic sense of height and openness, KAAN Architecten added a column-free roof with triangular openings that allow for natural light to seep into the building. The triangular motif and the linear patterns that it creates is repeated throughout the Educational Centre, echoing the former building’s diagonal lines and trajectories, leaving the concrete spiral staircases descending into the main library pit the only thing to remind us that this used to be once an exterior. 

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