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what rooms does the designlab have?


Part of the open space
Capacity: 150

IDEATE provides an ideal brainstorm setting. In this area there is space to explore and analyse the context and problem. Be inspired by lectures, scientific research and gather new insight to come up with new ideas. The Designlab stimulates people to participate with projects and to interact with others.

IDEATE is, as well as CONCEPTUALISE and PROTOTYPE part of the open space of DesignLab with a presentation screen. Therefore this space is also suited for presentations which are open to join by others.

Would you like to use this space for education, research or an event? Please feel free to contact us. 


The LOUNGE is an area where students can relax and clear their minds. With the couches, magazines and ping-pong table, this space is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea from the kitchen. It is also suitable for informal brainstorms and talking with people from other disciplines!


Part of the open space
Capacity: 35

CONCEPTUALISE is, as well as IDEATE and PROTOTYPE, part of the open space. This space is suited best for translating ideas into concepts. Mobile TV screens, whiteboards and flip-overs can be used to present something to a project group and by using creative material groups can easily make small prototypes. This space is used for project work or other forms of education where no presentations are held. 

Would you like to use this space for education, research or and event? Please feel free contact us!


Part of the open space
Capacity: 35

PROTOTYPE is, as well as IDEATE and CONCEPTUALISE, part of the open space. This space is suited best for rapid prototyping and working within groups on projects. The space is adjacent to the two workshops which makes it easy to switch between prototyping in the workshops and discussing with the group in the space outside.

Would you like to use this space for education, research or an event? Please feel free to contact us.


Capacity workshops: 15 per workshop

The mWORKSHOP provides all kinds of manual tools and is meant for all physical processing methods, such as drilling, sanding, sawing, etc. Students can use the materials which are present, or can bring their own if they like.


Capacity workshops: 15 per workshop

The eWORKSHOP provides all the electronic equipment and rapid prototyping machines like solder, 3D printers and a huge laser cutter. By protoyping the concepts can be tested, evaluated and improved where necessary. For examples specifications about 3D printing or Laser cutting

For assistance in the workshops our Tech Team is available to help in making prototypes for research aswell as for education that fits the philosophy of our DesignLab. 


An office space for Dream Team or Tech Team working in DesignLab.


This is the place where you can look for our Project Manager - Miriam Iliohan



This is Peter-Paul Verbeek’s ‘office’ space, it is only meant for him if he is here, where he can gather with people to talk about philosophy technology matters. 


You can book this space if you're working on some research or need a small meeting room. 


Tech4People lab.


This is where the robots are made!


This is the space with the black floor and beamers attached to the ceiling. For example, an electronical version of ‘tag’ (tikkertje) could be played here, by projecting a red circle beneath the tagger. This way an even more interactive version of the game is created.


Capacity: 60

INFORM is the closed off room which is suited best for lectures or presentation sessions. The perfect place to educate each other and share ideas to a small group. There is room to informally discuss with each other or to have lectures for groups of students. 

Would you like to use this space for education, research or an event? Please feel free to contact us. 


To close the first floor tour, you will walk through the EXHIBIT space. Here products, prototypes, models and other accessories are displayed. Students from all study programs at the University of Twente are welcome to show their work here.


In order to receive important people such as speakers, CEOs, professors, and others properly, INVITE is set up. Present here are a large table, a nice coffee machine and a large whiteboard wall. It is essential that this room is cleared up so the formal atmosphere will remain present.


This room provides the student with a photo-studio! With a green screen, multiple flashes and a prototype photography table.


Capacity: 20

This room is meant for slightly bigger groups, so they can enjoy some privacy and focus on their project. The room has white boards on two walls, giving plenty of space for writing down ideas.


Capacity: 10

This room serves as a brainstorm room and offers space for research. There are whiteboard walls which can be used to quickly write or draw some ideas. 


Theres is also a small kitchen where people can ‘re-charge’: grab a drink from the machine or have some lunch. There is also a charging cabinet available in that space, so you can recharge your electronic devices as well :)


To relax a little, there is this room called PLAY, with an airhockey table and some lounge chairs with a coffee table. It is meant to clear the mind, to be in a room away from the study atmosphere.


This room is part of a combination with INTERACT. From this room, researchers can observe research participants in the INTERACT room, through semi-permeable mirror. The mirror only works when one room is dark and the other one is lighted. 


As mentioned above INTERACT is used in combination with EMPATHISE. INTERACT is equipped with all sorts of technologies in order to do research. For more information you can contact technicians from Tech4People.


Capacity: 120

The Classroom of the Future is particularly suitable for encouraging active learning. The remarkable, uneven setup of the room has a positive effect on the processes of:

  • teacher - student interaction
  • interaction among students in a group (collaboration)
  • interaction between/among groups

The facilities in the Classroom of the Future differ from the standard classrooms on various aspects that make some creative didactical methods possible. Also the aim for the Classroom of the Future is supporting new developments in didactical concepts.

Features of the Classroom of the Future are:

  • Plenary space (in the front of the room): you can seat a maximum of 120 students. There is also the possibility to use the video wall or use multiple interactive boards (three to four).
  • Flexible group spaces: enclosures for a group of students. They can use the interactive boards (also only for presenting) and regular whiteboards. The Interactive boards can be used as normal computer screen or as a wireless presentation screen (via wepresent software).
  • Software and applications: The software on the interactive boards is standard Windows software. For wireless presenting the Wepresent software is needed to make a connection.

Would you like to use this space, please contact University Library, ICT Services and Archive.