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Cluster Zuid (starts 2021)

The renovation of Cluster Zuid (P.N. van Eyckhof-Van Wijkplaats) is the third project in the redevelopment of the Humanities Campus. With the renewal of these buildings, the university ensures a modern campus that offers space to the growing faculty. The university wants to create an attractive educational environment where social interaction is stimulated, and where students and employees like to spend their time.

The approach

The circular dismantling of the building started in October 2020. We call this ‛harvesting’, because the materials can be reused somewhere else. The renovation will start in the second half of 2021. A few weeks before, an information evening will take place for local residents. 

The design

Because this building forms an architectural trinity with the University Library and Cluster Noord (M. de Vrieshof), the facade will stay largely intact. The design team - with architect firm De Zwarte Hond - took the vision of the original architect Joop van Stigt into consideration during the design proces, in order to guarantee a respectful transformation of the building.

The renovated building will have a modern ambiance, with attractive spaces for students and employees to meet each other. Cluster Zuid will feature more than 700 study spots with 20 new rooms for workings groups, as well as two big lecture halls. A pleasant working environment is created with places to work individually as well as in groups (common and meeting rooms). The orientation of the building will be improved as well.


After the renovation, the faculty will have a much more sustainable building and more people can make use of it as well. Inside, Cluster Zuid will have lots of daylight, good air supply and acoustics, as well as a new, central heart. 

The renovated building will get a sustainable energy label. Energy loss gets smaller, because the original seven houses will be forged together into one, compact building. Additionally, the sustainable effect is reinforced by the new, green roof. The transparant roof above the new heart of the building will provide more daylight. With adding insulation, more efficient installations, solar panels and a thermal storage, Cluster Zuid will receive the BREEAM Excellent certificate.

Project schedule

  • October 2020: the 'harvesting' starts, at which materials from the building will be removed that can be reused somewhere else;
  • Fall 2021: The construction site will be set up, which marks the start of the renovation. This phase will last approximately two years;
  • Spring 2023: The renovation of Cluster Zuid will be completed, and the building can be used.

Who will be the building’s occupants?

  • The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS);
  • The Netherlands Institute for the Near East;
  • The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV);
  • African Studies Centre Leiden;
  • Library of the Middle East.
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