Bart van Kasteel
Faculty Buildings Leiden
The language faculty consists of various buildings strung along the water (Witte Singel). In the common facilities block lecture rooms and amenities are ranged along a tall elongated central corridor. The renovated Arsenaal building comprises two linked squares each with an inner court. One inner court has been built in, the other covered with a transparent dome supported by an agglutinated timber structure rising from a single point. Van Kasteel's library and the two faculty buildings by Van Stigt flanking it share the same principles of structure and measurement: round columns whose conical capitals support concrete floor slabs.