TOTAL ENERGY PLANT UITHOF
E.M. VAN DER POL (ATELIER ZEINSTRA VAN DER POL), 2002-2005, Limalaan 36, Utrecht
Liesbeth van der Pol
Atelier Zeinstra Van der Pol
Industrial and public-utility buildings
Urban Design Uithof
With the increase in educational buildings in De Uithof came the need to enlarge the power station serving the campus. Next to Sjoerd Wouda's original circular power station of 1968 Liesbeth van der Pol designed a sculptural new building, its shape largely informed by functional requirements. Its six stacks tower 26 metres to disperse emissions at a great height as stipulated. Similarly strict anti-noise requirements led to the building being entirely enveloped in a skin of Corten steel, inside which the noise producing engines have their own separate box. By folding the steel, the skin is also the structure.