Each building bears – to a greater or lesser extent – the signature of its time. This can certainly be said of the monumental Wiebenga complex, which is now used by Hanze UAS as an Academy of Health Studies and the Academy of Nursing.
The Wiebenga complex is a national monument in Groningen dating from 1922, which originally housed the Nijverheidsschool. It exudes a great deal of atmosphere and history, but no longer meets today’s requirements in terms of spaciousness, sustainability and climate.
Although characteristic, the building turned out to be clumsy to use. In recent decades, the orientation of the building had been lost due to an accumulation of architectural extensions. In addition to wanting to solve the undesirable routing, there were also new building plans due to a shortage of capacity.
DP6 architectuurstudio and Bierman Henket architects made a design that fits the atmosphere of the contemporary health academy. At the same time, the original starting points were restored: open and light with a healthy appearance.
With a major renovation, supplemented by a part new building, the complex has now been modernized. The Wiebenga complex is one of the first large utility projects to be made earthquake resistant at a high level.