The Paviljoen has been circular demolished after 62 years. It was built by Sam van Embden in 1957 and the first building of the university. Paviljoen NP was built in 1968. But not the entire Paviljoen has been demolished. The 3 pavilions will be preserved, as well as the pond with an awning, the forecourt in front of the entrance and the art.

The Newton tree at the Paviljoen, which belongs to the heritage of the university, remains. This tree comes from one of the seeds of the tree where Isaac Newton discovered gravity.

Original building period: 1957 (Design: ir. S.J. Van Embden)

The building - initially called Provisorium - was intended as a temporary solution. Over the years it has accommodated various services, disciplines and departments. The first professors and employees started their activities here from 1957, when the first 200 students had enroled. Even then that was double the number which had been expected for the first year.

Although the building was intended only for temporary accommodation, it took until 2021 before it was demolished to make room for student accommodation. Thanks to the modular setup of the construction, it proved relatively easy to disassemble many components, such as the concrete roof beams, so that they could be reused.

Circular demolition

The building will be demolished in a circular way. Various different materials will be reused on campus, from steel constructions to window frames, interior doors and parts of wooden floors. You can't make a concrete foundation one-on-one with residual materials, but you can recycle as much of those residual materials as possible - and extract cement from concrete, for example. In consultation with the Department of The Built Environment, the materials that will be reused will be carefully dismantled and temporarily stored. The Department of the Built Environment plays an active role so that we have a "living lab" on campus for circular building: "Building our living lab circularly on campus".

The images below give an impression of the disassembly plan of the department.



Flora and fauna research in February 2019 identified bats in the Paviloen. Further research mapped the various whereabouts of the bats present. On the basis of the research, various measures were taken and coordination with the Province took place. These measures can be observed on and around the Paviljoen.

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