Researchbuilding Helix | Wageningen

the power of simplicity

A new teaching and researching building for the Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group (AFSG) of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) has been developed on the university campus. The building accomodates the eight different AFSG chair groups.


To be completed as part of the De Born master plan for the university campus, the new building includes spaces for research and training, primarily in the shape of laboratories and (office) work areas. The building will be connected to the nearby ‘Restaurant van de Toekomst’ and the ‘Impulse’ meeting point.


The building commission includes the keywords functionality, flexibility, concentration and synergy. The desired appearance should combine innovative strength with common sense.


The new building takes its name ‘Helix’ from the DNA structure of protein. The building design reproduces the helix shape with four high atriums twisting around a central core. These atriums include formal and informal meeting spaces, creating an interesting spatial system that invites movement.

Key drivers

  • Synergy
  • Sharing facilities
  • Interdisicplinary communication
  • Flexibility


  • Design concept
  • Design management
  • Projectmanagement
  • (all services executed by Roy Pype as assocatie partner of Wiegerinck architectuur stedenbouw)


  • Architect: Wiegerinck architectuur stedenbouw
  • MEP: Arup
  • Structural: ABT
  • Landscape: Poelmans Reesink
  • Interior: Ex Interiors
  • Projectmanagement: ABT
  • Contractor: Friso Bouwgroep
  • Photography: Kim Zwarts