||'De Uithof' is either loved or hated. Planning
and architecture of De Uithof originally developed along the typical
orthogonal lines of sixties modernism. The early years
only produced rather grim and massive concrete buildings. The former
park meadow scenery transformed into an academic no-go area without
much coherence. It took twenty years to adopt a radical shift of
focus and allow for the notion 'campus' to become the dominant
perspective. After 40 years of age De Uithof is now not only known
for its breathtaking modern architecture, but is also gradually
becoming a pleasant place to be.
of my quotes on the development of the campus are published at the corporate website of Utrecht University.
Below you'll find a virtual tour of the campus, published by the university in 2005, adapted slightly for my purposes. For a detailed
historic review of De Uithof as well as brief descriptions of many
of the buildings, follow the menu in top left corner. Texts are
partly in Dutch. For your convenience, I've also put up a Google
Map to navigate the campus.