Challenged in competition to design the complete renovation of “Achter Sint Pieter 200” for the Research community of the School of Law, University of Utrecht, Fokkema & Partners suggested an elegant plan that efficiently transforms the building complex. The proposal includes new additions to the original structure to ultimately form a resilient research and education facility with a spacious, warm and welcoming atmosphere, while confidently consolidating the monumental character of the site.
The historical monument "Achter Sint Pieter 200" it set just behind the Dom Tower in the city center of Utrecht. It dates from the 16th century and was once used by the province of Utrecht. From that time a distinctive monumental state hall, the former meeting room for the Deputies, remained almost intact. It also includes a coach house and a former archive building. Structurally improving the routing through the interconnected buildings results in a strong backbone for the design, especially with the clever integration of a central heart for the research community. It is the seating area of the restaurant which would double as the main meeting space and central axes, also connecting to the terrace and both courtyards. The top floor and roof would be renewed, adding space, significantly improving layout while also contributing to the complete insulation and installation plan. This way, a much larger area of the monumental complex can be used as workspace, making it possible to restore other building parts to their original grandeur.
The University of Utrecht have chosen JHK Architecten to elaborate the plan they submitted for this competition. The plan as presented by our office will not be realised.