Ever since the start of my architecture studies in Delft in 2011 I have have driven past these old and sometimes derelict buildings. They seemed to have been forgotten in favour of the more modern and “master planned” campus further south. These buildings and there arrangement fascinated me, although little of their former glory was still visible. Many of these buildings where abandoned and stood empty in 2011; most notably the three buildings along my route to the Architecture Faculty when entering the Wippolder across the Bastiaansbrug. This prompted me to want to find out how this “old” campus had developed and why it was designed this


The appearance of the pre-war campus of the current TU Delft in the Wippolder is rather unplanned although it does form a unity. The led to the research question: How did the Polytechnische School and Technische Hogeschool buildings in the Wippolder develop into a coherent campus on an urban and architectural level between 1893 and 1938. The research mainly done in pre-1958 archive of the TU Delft in The Hague put into context with some supporting literature. The pre-war campus developed in multiple stages. During the first
stages there was no systematic plan to build a coherent campus in the Wippolder. Because of practical reasons more and more building where developed in the Wippolder. As the number of building grew the desire to turn the seemingly scattered buildings into a more coherent campus also grew. This cohesion was created by placing the buildings around three open spaces. Around these spaces the buildings achieved architectural cohesion in style and


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Evelien van Es




The Unplanned Campus