Library of the Technical University Delft

The striking building of TU Delft Library is designed by Mecanoo. Actually, it is not just a building, but also a landscape.

A huge cone pierces through the walkable grass roof. The cone symbolizes technology and shapes the round, introverted reading rooms.

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Source: library.tudelft.nl


Lecture by Aldo van Eyck
International Design Seminar (Indesem) 1987
Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft

“ … 25 slides of the most horrible architecture you can imagine … “



Prof. Dr. Mick Eekhout, beeing in service for more than 25 years within the faculty of architecture at the TU Delft will retire this year. The former head of the chair Product Development was not only recognised as a great professor but also as the mastermind of Octatube his space structure company that build iconic and challenging buildings the last decades. 

As his very last official lecture ( the farewell lecture will follow ) in front of his students he brought a surprise, a movie about the making of the Maarkthal in Rotterdam. The building designed by Winy Maas from MVRDW recently received the dutch steel award for the huge glass facades Octatube had constructed with a prestressed cable net. 

We are used to listen long but passionated lectures from Mick, showing us and the students why its worth fighting for an idea and what it takes to build great constructions. Today he sat back,  enjoyed a piece of cake, followed the warm introduction words from colleague Thijs Asselbergs and watched the 50 amazing minutes that showed all the work that had to be done to build this building. 

The atmosphere was special, no chatting, no noise, everyone was listening the sound of the speakers and was fascinated by the documentary. Of course having cake during a lecture is something special and Bas Gremmen did his best to serve a piece for everyone. 

After the end of the film and a loud applause, Mick returned to the podium and had some last words and answered questions. 

On the question what was special about this project he smiled and mentioned proudly: Seeing the next generation of Eekhout running the company with the same passion. 

His advice for the students: Think with your head, and use your own hands to make it. 


Independente de sua área, TU Delft será uma ótima opção de estudo na Holanda. Considerada uma das mais importantes Universidades Européias na área de Tecnologia torna-se uma escolha natural para estudantes das áreas prioritárias do Programa Ciência Sem Fronteiras.


The Building Centre, London Visit - Construction Details

One new material my design incorporates is the high strength glass bricks created for MVRDV’s Crystal House. ( Poesia Glass Bricks, Delo Industrial Adhesives, TU Delft Univeristy, Rosso Dotto)

Being able to see the material in person gives more insight into the actual application and properties of the glass bricks. The colour of the glass has a greener hue to it compared to that of standard glass, also the failure of the material creates much smoother edges as apposed to completely shattering and splintering. 

The adhesive used to hold the blocks together is a lot more prominent and less transparent than the media and online articles suggest so this was a great opportunity to realise the importance of conveying this adhesive within my drawings, both technical and design.

Also at the centre, the diversity of wall ties was of interest, showing how slight differences in what is thought to be a simple construction detail can actually be hugely important, wall thicknesses can actually be decreased depending upon wall tie designs and insulation quality. Where wall ties may be used within my project I shall consider my findings today, following this, I realise I could use solid masonry bricks as apposed to slip bricks as the facade of my tower.

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Amazon has crowned the latest champion in its robotic picking challenge — an annual competition that looks for robots that could one day work in the company's warehouses. It's basically American...
By James Vincent

This year’s contest was won by a joint team from the TU Delft Robotics Institute in the Netherlands and the company Delft Robotics (both named after the city of Delft). The team’s robot managed to pick items from a mock Amazon warehouse shelf at a speed of around 100 an hour, reports TechRepublic, with a failure rate of 16.7 percent. That’s slow compared to what a human can manage (around 400 items an hour), but a big improvement on last year’s winner, which managed just 30 items in the same time. The team also won the stowing challenge, placing items back on the shelves.


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