Academic Centre for Dentistry (ACTA)

Dental health care ,research and education in a highly organized building on an Amsterdam university campus.

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The building for the Academic Centre for Dentistry (ACTA) is situated on the Zuidas, Amsterdam’s new and upcoming business district. In full view of the A10 motorway, it consists of a seven-storey base above which hovers a block of laboratories. ACTA is a cooperation between two Amsterdam universities and offers a top quality program for dental education. The highly innovative furniture in the practice rooms was especially designed for this project.

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The first two floors are carried out as a transparent plinth. The entrance zone is sheltered by a large cantilever with an illuminated and inviting open-air ceiling that emphasizes its height. Inside, the spacious central atrium is the vibrant hub around which all functions are organized. A large public information desk and clear routing make it easy for visitors and patients to find their way. The glazing of the façade is printed with a basic, graphic pattern of stripes that gives a surprising moiré effect: the appearance of the building changes depending on the observation angle and the weather. The restaurant in the transparent intermediary zone can be seen from a great distance and offers spectacular views over Amsterdam.

Benthem Crouwel Architects
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Education, dentist and laboratory building
Gustav Mahlerlaan, Amsterdam
Gross floor area
23.150 m2
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