Hoogeveldt Nijmegen

Piet Tauber


  • Paul Kuitenbrouwer TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment


Student days, Granpré Molière contended in his first Nijmegen urban design in 1949, represent a vulnerable transitional phase between one’s family and the whole of society. At Hoogeveldt, architect Piet Tauber wanted to prevent students from being swallowed up in a nameless crowd. In spite of the large number of rooms (1,024), Hoogeveldt distinguishes itself from other student residences by its human scale. The ensemble was built adjacent to the Dominican ‘Albertinum’ priory (H.J.A. Bijlard and K. van Geyn [Eduard Cuypers office], 1930-1932) and is bordered by the recessed tracks of the Nijmegen-Venlo railroad and Heyendaalseweg, which connects the Heyendaal university campus with the city centre. When the friars went in search of an architect who would represent their interests in the urban design changes the city council wanted to implement around their estate, Piet Tauber was, as he himself put it, ‘deliberating with the prior-provincial a few days later’.

Author Biography

Paul Kuitenbrouwer, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Paul Kuitenbrouwer graduated in 1988 as an architect from the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology. Since then he worked for, among others, Wiel Arets and Jo Coenen, for whom he was deputy supervisor of the Sphinx-Céramique site in Maastricht. In 2001 he followed Coenen, who was appointed Dutch Government Architect, to The Hague. Since 2006, he has been an assistant professor associated with the Chair of Architecture and Dwelling of Delft University of Technology; he has conducted research into high-density low-rise housing (Intense Laagbouw) and student housing (bouwjong!), teaches both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree design studios and analysis seminars with an emphasis on typology, density and the urban context, and is an editor of DASH. In addition, he has taught at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (2009-2012) and since 2016 teaches at the Maastricht Academy of Architecture. Since 2017, he is also a member of the Board of Examiners for Architects at The Dutch Architect’s Register Agency in The Hague.






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