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International Student House


International Student House 

cepezed designed a large International Student House in Delft for student-housing company DUWO. Foreign students and guest students live in the new building complex within the TU Campus North plan.

  • client(s)
  • duwo
  • location
  • Delft
  • user(s)
  • students
  • expertise
  • architects
    cepezed interior

connected to the surroundings  

The TU Campus North plan alongside the River Schie is a close collaboration between TU Delft, DUWO and the municipality. cepezed paid significant attention to the integration of the ISH (International Student House) with the surrounding monumental buildings.

The new-build consists of two U-shaped building blocks of partly five, partly six and partly ten storeys. Together they form a rectangular composition. Wide passages in the long sides of the rectangle connect the different parts of the public space: a square on the Professor Schermerhornstraat, a courtyard between the building blocks and a park.

lucas van der wee | cepezed

Corten-steel cassettes matching the surroundings  

The ISH has 332 units for around 350 international students. The building has an almost entirely concrete structure with façades consisting of a metal-stud system. The exterior cladding is made of Corten-steel cassettes; the appearance complements the monumental brick architecture of the surrounding buildings.

The main structure of the stairwells consists of a steel skeleton. The glass is fastened directly to it without the use of window profiles.

lucas van der wee | cepezed
lucas van der wee | cepezed

Students live in a communal group  

The student rooms are approximately 16 m² in size and have their own shower, toilet and washbasin. Each group with a communal kitchen and balcony has six to eight rooms.

Students will also find many facilities outside their room. For example, the double-height, transparent plinth along the square holds a common space. cepezedinterieur designed the interior of this room. The plinth also contains a restaurant, with an adjacent outdoor terrace.

lucas van der wee | cepezed
lucas van der wee | cepezed

Washing and parking  

Students can make use of facilities such as a launderette, depot for refuse and integral bicycle sheds. There are commercial spaces to be found in a large transparent cantilever construction on the west side; the spaces have split-level floors and overlook the river. The stairwells at the heads of the building, which are illuminated at night, are adjacent to the courtyard.

lucas van der wee | cepezed


  • client: duwo
  • interior design: cepezedinterieur
  • landscaping: buro lubbers
  • stability: pieters bouwtechniek
  • building services: viac
  • building physics & sustainability: lbp | sight
  • main contractor: waal bouw
  • contractor building services electrical: so elektrotechniek
  • contractor building services mechanical: steboma
  • contractor steel construction: bentstaal
  • façades: leebo

awards & nominations

  • national sustainability prize steel | 2018 | category housing
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