VU StartHub Amsterdam

because working alone is boring!

At the heart of the VU Campus, a new inspiring start-up hub will be created. Within the VU StartHub, 25 start-ups will be housed, benefitting from shared facilities. The demountable and modular building functions as a show-case for the VU; showcasing its working alumni to the world.

The StartHub contains an enclosed interior world, a green oasis that contrasts itself from the large-scale buildings in its environment. All social activities are focused over here; acting as a catalysator for random encounters and the exchange of ideas. The scaffolding structure, conceived as a frame work binding the containers together, supports the different units and allows social activity and greenery to grow. The modularity of the design allows the StartHub to not only grow and expand in the future, but it also welcomes the idea of being dismounted and rebuild in another place.

Besides the 875m2 of new-built office, creative and community spaces, the VU StartHub also integrates some existing spaces of the W&N faculty building on the east until demolishment. As soon as the W&N building is demolished, the actual StartHub is able to grow eastwards incorporating more meeting rooms, creative spaces and potentially more offices.

Key drivers

  • Connection
  • Circularity
  • Flexibility


  • Masterplan
  • Architectural design


  • Client: VU Amsterdam
  • Users: Various
  • Team: Roy Pype, Maurits Olivier van Ardenne
  • Consultants: Arbor, Archimedes, Hevo, LBP Sight, Skaal
  • Visualization: Proof of the sum, Vivid Vision
  • Contractor: Jan Snel
  • Photography: Proof of the sum, Too van Velzen