bright spaces offer the perfect sanctuary for bright minds in GROUP A‘s winning design of the teaching lab at the technical university delft. the spacious structure integrates a ‘stand alone’ furniture element inserted into the former composites lab hall of the dutch institution, hoping to offer fresh working environment to test and develop educational methods.

compact desks and benches can be plugged in into a grid of podium floor sockets.



GROUP A welcomed a brief providing them a enough room for interpretation and creativity. the final design takes inspiration from a small, yellow, 3D artwork by architectural experimentalist and artist krijn de koning, interconnecting four different existing floor levels in the large hall to offer various solutions to working.

the furniture element organises the large hall and accommodates and interconnects four different existing floor levels.


the space comprises a detached steel structure clad on all sides with monochrome off-the-shelf osb-panels. to aid concentration they chose a sunshine yellow which has been used in every possible place (unless practicality or safety regulations dictate otherwise), perforated plasterboard and carpet are deployed as acoustical surfaces, hpl as finish for the kitchenette, and spray painted magnetic steel plate as ‘whiteboards’.

a ‘stand alone’ furniture element links spaces, pivoting doors and multi-use furniture elements


flexibility has been brought into the design by introducing linkable spaces within the structure, pivoting doors for separation, and ample power/data points and av-facilities. on the ground floor podium, pop-up studios can be built from loose bespoke furniture elements whilst compact desks and benches can be moved to create additional working spaces, divided using connectable partition screens which can be plugged into the floor.

the structure offers multiple solutions to working


as part of their selection proposal, GROUP A assisted four students in designing a light experience lab, adding another layer of usage to the finished structure. the space can be quickly transformed into a space – known as a light experience lab – for teachers, students and/or visitors to experiment with the effects of light in various practical situations and conditions.

flexibility has been brought into the design by introducing linkable spaces within the structure

felt, perforated plasterboard and carpet are deployed as acoustical surfaces.

meeting and presentation room for different groups and purposes.

informal meeting and concentrate area in the teaching lab.

bright yellow colour is used for the overall furniture-element

some areas are clad in contrasting materials

a detached steel structure is clad on all sides with monochrome off-the-shelf yellow coloured osb-panels.

long section teaching lab tu delft


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