The university campus in Diepenbeek, also called Limburg DC, unites students, visitors, researchers, lecturers, and leisure visitors in an educational and green environment. It is our ambition to develop the campus further, to align every function, and to create optimal links with the surrounding landscape.
Cross-pollination is key
Diepenbeek Campus will be an important new intersection in Limburg, with space for education, research, economic enterprise and recreation. It connects three sub-campuses: the Health Campus, the Construction Campus and the Education Campus. Cross-pollination between the disciplines is key, and will become the starting point of innovation.
Doing more with less space
The available space is used in the best possible way, with softening and densification as the main principles. In other words, doing more with less space. Specifically, this means building upwards as much as possible, and on existing foundations wherever possible. The Construction Campus is the perfect example of this: high buildings, arranged on top of the existing parking structure. Incidentally, this high-rise not only offers spatial benefits, but also creates strong visibility.
Connection is key
Three main structures form the symbolic backbone of the campus: the ‘Collector’, the ‘Boulevard’, and the brook paths. These enhance the ‘readability’ of the campus for visitors. At this time, Diepenbeek Campus is still highly fragmented, but connection will be key in the future. This also includes the wider world, by focusing on public transport and – among other things – providing a connection with the Spartacus route. The roads on the campus itself will be car-free: parking is available at the edge in parking towers. Meeting places such as benches and picnic areas have been dotted between the roads.
A landscape with a rich history
Diepenbeek Campus is right in the middle of the valuable Demer landscape, which has been somewhat neglected in recent years. The current campus does not gel with the landscape: isolated buildings and a public space that is mostly parking spaces. The authentic landscape is unrecognisable on the current campus and will be restored to its former glory. By making nature accessible again, campus residents will be able to move around safely, and biodiversity will be given a renewed boost.
Our objective: to make Diepenbeek Campus a new intersection in Limburg. A pleasant, green space to do business, work, study, carry out research, meet, and relax.