"Conceived as an extension to the existing Rijkshogeschool, the Maastricht Academy for the Arts provides new spaces for the school of visual arts and architectural design. The building is an incision to the body of the city, an entirely new and foreign organism invading its urban context; a process akin to the the operation of a virus. Yet it is set in a discreet, almost camouflaged relation to the city, providing an enclosed public space that achieves an intimate and secluded condition from the main areas of urban activity. The projects includes the renewal of the existing Academy for the Arts, together with the extension effected by two buildings. Adjacent to the old building is the new structure that contains the auditorium, the library, an exhibition room, a bar and a roof garden. The connecting foodbridge with translucent glass brick floor and ceiling leads one through the tree tops into the workshop building that accommodates wood and steel workshops." - Costa, p138-157
Keywords: Netherlands, Limburg, glass brick, glass block, reinforced concrete, institutional buildings, school buildings. Submitted by Keoni Fleming for ARCH 627.
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Costa, X. (Ed.). (2002). Wiel Arets. Boston, MA: Birkhauser--Publishers for Architecture. p. 138-157.