In 2010 the last NATO soldiers left the Tapijnkazerne. Maastricht University will soon be opening a new location for the economic faculty here. Three barracks in square around the 'appelplaats' are therefore currently being restored. New construction is added to this monumental ensemble. It is a cleverly thought out design. A transparent, deepened plinth provides access to the faculty and connects the existing buildings (with lecture halls, various teaching rooms and study places).
This design reinforces and emphasizes the character of the military area. A subtle reference is made to cultural history by retaining the orthogonal structure. And by maintaining the views between and through the buildings. In addition, there is a nice transition between an "open" (learning) landscape and buildings. The new building has been designed in an understated way, and a public program has been added to this inviting, multifunctional plinth, such as a catering square.