Since 2003 the Vertigo building has housed the department of the Built Environment. The building’s energy efficiency has been increased and it has been entirely redecorated. On the exterior the energy-saving green curtain wall is visible with a picture of the scaffolding of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the famous church designed by architect Gaudí which has been enveloped in scaffolding for more than a century now. It is a reference to the mind of students which is also in the process of being built up. The alteration resulted in much more space. The smart façade yields an energy saving of 50%. The constructed prominent stairway with its big steps is slightly more difficult to climb for short persons than for taller ones.
Original building period (T-hoog/T-laag): 1965 – 1974 (Design: ir. S.J. Van Embden)
Vertigo (formerly T-hoog/T-laag building) until the late 1990s accommodated the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. Each floor had its own laboratory with occasional test setups of several meters high. This explains why the ceilings are considerably higher than usual.