Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Wiebenga Complex, Groningen


  • Client: Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
  • System: Climotion, dual supply duct
  • Architect: DP6 architectuurstudio bv
  • Consultant(s): Adviesbureau Sijperda-Hardy bv
  • Installer: Croonwolter&dros

New Objectivity

In 1922, Gerko Wiebenga, director of the Nijverheidsschool (school of domestic science), was asked to submit a design for a new school, known today as the Wiebenga Complex. This complex was the first designed in the New Objectivity architectural style. Over the years, it has been renovated and expanded within the agreed frameworks.

Sustainability goals

The number of students is growing rapidly and Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen does not expect to be able to house these ever-growing numbers in coming years. Moreover, the climate control systems in the complex no longer satisfy the increasingly strict requirements for ventilation and sustainability goals for indoor climate, flexibility and energy efficiency. A large-scale renovation/new construction of this historic structure is being undertaken as a result.

Careful renovation

Since the complex has conservation status, the installation of new systems must take place carefully and with the necessary diligence. The Climotion system perfectly meets the above requirements since it involves only a few installation components, resulting in minimal impact to the building, optimal climate and a high degree of energy efficiency.

Climotion two-duct system

The Hanze University of Applied Sciences has opted to install the highly energy-efficient Climotion two-duct system. The use of two supply ducts makes it possible to create the perfect indoor climate in the building, without requiring any post-treatment and regardless of the season.

A peek inside the Wiebenga Complex?

In the video on the side, you can get a virtual tour through the building!