Atlas is one of the most visually distinct buildings of Wageningen Campus. This robust building was named after the primordial Titan who held up the celestial sphere. The recognisable concrete grid on the outside of the building acts as the mainstay for the entire structure.
Atlas was designed by the architectural firms Van den Oever, Zaaijer en Partners from Amsterdam and Rafael Vinoly Architects from London. At first, the lattice was meant to act as a trellis, allowing the building to be completely overgrown with climbing plants. But this idea was abandoned when no climbing plant could be found that would cover the entire building and stay green year-round.
All Wageningen University & Research buildings have an unique number. On the main roads in Wageningen you will find signs which will direct you to different clusters of buildings (for example, building numbers 100-200). Within the various clusters, routes to the individual buildings are shown. Atlas' building number is 104.