The construction of the new building for the Faculty of Science is in full progress. The Cell Observatory of the Institute of Biology Leiden will be moving to the new building in the beginning of 2016. Professor Annemarie Meijer and Dr. Marcel Schaaf had a sneak preview.
Prof. Dr. Annemarie Meijer and Dr. Marcel Schaaf had a sneak preview in the new building. Meijer:
“It’s great to see the progress of the new building. The Cell Observatory is looking forward to moving to the new location, it will further improve our great facilities.”
Most employees of the IBL are housed in the Sylvius building since its renovation in 2009. However, the people that are part of the unique shared facility of the Cell Observatory are currently still in the Gorlaeus building. They will be moving into the new Faculty building with our partner institutes and also get another few hundred meters closer to the Sylvius building.
The move to the new building will be realized in three phases. The first phase comprises the Cell Observatory and the offices and lecture halls of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) and the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR).
An important element of the new building is the so-called central axis: a long corridor which runs from the front to the back of the building and which will include footbridges, both in the length and in the width. This axis is intended to serve as a meeting place for staff and students. In order to connect the axis with the public areas, the walls on the corridor side will be transparent.