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April 13, 2022

maastrichtApril 13th, 2022

In association with the Healthy Building Network

Tapijn in Maastricht has undergone a true metamorphosis; from abandoned barracks to a truly beautiful and lively city park. It has become not only a place for residents to stroll and do recreational activities, but also a pleasant environment to study or work.

In 2010 the last NATO soldiers left the Tapijnkazerne, which is located at the edge of the old city center near the medieval city wall. Now it has become part of Maastricht University.
Sustainability is an important theme for Maastricht University; just like the health and well-being of students and staff. Various evidence-based measures that are related to well-being have been integrated into this new educational building.

Quote Maastricht University: “Students and researchers benefit greatly from a healthy learning and working environment. The integral inclusion of welfare and health in the development of Tapijn underlines the importance of sustainability and health for Maastricht University. ”

The keynote speakers mentioned below, will focus on the importance of the health & well being of the students and other users of the building. They will elaborate further in line with their specialties on how this has come to practice in the realisation of the renovation of Tapijn.

We have decided to transform the meeting into a Dutch-language physical event. The event will not be streamed as a webinar, we will give you the opportunity to watch the recording afterwards on our YouTube channel (English subtitles).


09.30 – 10.00
Coffee  reception

10.00 – 10.10
Welcome by Michel Weijers (Healthy Building Network)

10.10 – 10.30
Piet Eichholtz (University Maastricht)

10.30 – 10.50
Jean Frantzen (DGMR – engineers & consultants)

10.50 – 11.10
Erik Schotte (LIAG architects and engineers)

11.10 – 11.30
Q&A and Round table discussion

11.30 – 12.00
Exclusive Tour Tapijn

Moderator: Michel Weijers (Healthy Building Network)

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    Piet Eichholtz (University Maastricht)

    The research agenda on building sustainability is moving on to “Sustainability 2.0,” focusing on the people using and inhabiting buildings. Researchers from different faculties in Maastricht University have begun to look at the relationship between indoor climate and the health and performance of building users. This involves research in offices (looking at worker performance), homes (occupant health), schools (learning outcomes), as well as the laboratory.

    Piet Eichholtz (1962) is Professor of Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University. His academic work, which is published widely and internationally in academic and practitioner journals, focuses on real estate sustainability and (long-term) real estate investment performance, including housing. His teaching in real estate and finance has won numerous awards. Besides his academic career, Eichholtz has set up a number of companies, including Global Property Research, GRESB, and Finance Ideas. In the latter firm, he is still active as an advisor to pension funds and social housing institutions. He is a member of the investment committees of the Pension Fund for Dutch Construction Workers, the BPD Core Housing Fund, and the Elisabeth Strouven Foundation.

    Piet Eichholtz 300 DPI 8113a fotograaf Sascha Ruland

    Jean Frantzen (DGMR)

    It seems that Health and well-being is not incorporated in the C2C philosophy. Of course C2C does want to abandon the use of poisonous substances. The origin of C2C lies of course in looking at natural processes, biological cycles. In that way we can also look at health and well-being. What are the basic rules for a human being in an artificial environment?  

    What does this way of looking at health and well-being implicates for designers and engineers? I will give the principles of designing with “rules from nature” based on research and biomimicry.

    “My mission is to achieve healthy, energy-efficient buildings with a minimum of installations. Nature is my source of inspiration. I use knowledge of installation technology, architecture, construction technology, constructions combined with healthy building, circular building, C2C, biobased material use, renewable materials. And preferably applied at multiple scale levels, from urban planning to the last screw.”

    Jean Frantzen graduated as an architect at TU Delft in 1991. After running his own office he worked on the Faculty of Architecture with Jon Kristinsson and Andy van der Dobbelsteen, where he learned the principles of sustainable design. Since 2008 he works at various projects at DGMR.

    Jean Frantzen 1

    Erik Schotte (LIAG architects and engineers)

    From circular principles to a healthy educational environment

    The well-being of students and staff is an important theme for the University of Maastricht, as are sustainability and health. Therefore sustainable comfort was central to LIAG’s renovation of the Tapijnkazerne. At all levels, LIAG maintained and respected the existing building complex as much as possible – from the typology of pavilions in a park and the open relationship with the environment to the layout and structure. LIAG committed to recycling raw materials and using “healthy” materials. LIAG also chose materials that could be reused after the end of the building’s lifecycle. Result? Well-being and circularity are integrated. And Tapijn obtained both the WELL Silver level and the BREEAM Excellent certificate.

    “At LIAG we design buildings that make people happy. Happiness gives satisfaction when it’s something you’ve worked hard for. Happiness is lasting when you can share it with others. That’s why all our projects focus on bringing people together and creating socially sustainable environments.”

    Erik graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft in 1991. He gained international experience as a project architect with Dam & Partners and as a project director with OMA / Rem Koolhaas, where he designed the Dutch Embassy in Berlin. Erik has won various prizes for his designs. He has been a partner at LIAG since 2004.

    Erik Schotte |  LIAG architecten + bouwadviseurs | © | 2021


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