Recap: DPA Cauberg-Huygen Case Study

On the 22nd of November, Mollier members seized a great opportunity and headed to Rotterdam for a Parametric Design case study, organized by Cauberg-Huygen.
The aim of the workshop was familiarising ourselves with Rhino, Grasshopper, Ladybug and Honeybee. Ideally, by the end of the day, they were to be associated with something other than insects.

At the ungodly hour of 8 am, four cars rolled out towards Rotterdam.
At 9:45, we received a warm welcome from the creative director of Cauberg-Huygen, Anne Cowan, who then proceeded to elaborate on the challenge of the day.
Upon establishing a modest goal of constructing a Pontsteiger-like building on Mars, we formed four groups and began brainstorming.
An important aspect of this process was the availability of the specialists from Cauberg-Huygen, who remained action-ready till the very end.
Five hours and several sandwiches later, four crazy ideas were presented to the organizers of the event.
Admittedly, there was not enough time for the development of a foolproof design, but there was just enough to kickstart a learning process that, in the future, has potential to flourish.

The day was concluded with a relaxing evening full of beers, as well as sodas, for the unfortunate drivers.

Eugene Mamulova

Parametric Design Case Study | DPA Cauberg-Huygen

Recap: Excursion Peutz

On the 5th of February, sixteen Mollier members were able to visit the laboratories of Peutz in Molenhoek, which is located in the most northern part of Limburg. When we arrived, Peutz had prepared a very nice lunch for us. After the lunch we were introduced to the company.

Casper Esmeijer, the director of Peutz, started the presentation by welcoming us and he explained a little bit about what Peutz does. Tim Weekenstroo continued the presentation and showed us some interesting projects they were working on, like the new railroad bridge across the A1, were they advised in the acoustical optimization of the bridge. Manon Derks, old treasurer and commissioner education of the 18th board of Mollier, talked about her daily activities at Peutz. Manon started working at Peutz just before our company visit of last year, and now works at Peutz for almost a year.

After the presentations, we were divided in two groups. One group was guided by Tim and the other group by Manon. We saw the rooms for acoustical measurements, were sound experiments are conducted. One of the rooms was an anechoic chamber, which means there is almost no reflection of sound. This was quite a strange experience. We also visited a storage room of enormous 1:10 scale models of some imposing theaters. These were used for acoustical experiments. We were also able to see the climate rooms, were experiments are conducted under extremely precise conditions.

We also visited the wind tunnel and even had the possibility to go inside. A lot of us were surprised by the enormous size of the space behind the actual test area. The picture below was taken in front of the fans of the wind tunnel, which shows how large it is.

Unfortunately, we were not able to visit the fire laboratory due to an experiment that was in process. However, we saw some videos of experiments during the presentation so we still had a good idea of what Peutz does in the field of fire safety.

We would like to thank Peutz for making the company visit possible and showing us the interesting facilities they have.

Excursion Peutz

On Monday February 5th, Mollier will go to Molenhoek to visit Peutz. More information about this excursion can be found here.

Recap: Excursion Hermitage & Hortus

Last Thursday, fifteen Mollier members went on an excursion to the Hermitage in Amsterdam. After spending some time in traffic, we arrived at the Hermitage. With some coffee, tea and cookies we got a warm welcome by Wouter Flach of Kuijpers in one of the presentation rooms.

Sebastiaan Lagendaal, head of Facilities and Safety at the Hermitage, told us about the project “Tussen Kunst en Kas”, meaning “between art and greenhouse”. In this project, they connected the Hermitage to the Hortus Botanicus. He explained us that an ATES was installed in the Hermitage. This is an Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage and it is used to store energy underground in the form of warm or cold water. However the ATES installation of the Hermitage had a heat surplus. For this, a solution had to be found, which came from the botanical garden Hortus Botanicus. The greenhouses of the botanical garden require a lot of heat and the used installations were pretty old and needed renovation. It took some time and a lot of effort, but eventually 450 meter long pipes were placed between the two sites. The heat surplus of the Hermitage is now being transported at 16-17 degrees Celsius to the Hortus, where the temperature is being raised by a heat pump to 55 degrees Celsius. The resulting cool water from the Hortus is being returned to the Hermitage to cool the exhibition halls. This way both sites profit of the arrangement.

After hearing the process of making this all possible, we got a tour around the project. First we walked through the attic of the Hermitage and could see the ducts of the exhibition rooms towards the installation room, where the real art happens. As it takes some time for an ATES system to run fully optimized, we could see that they were still busy adjusting the systems to make sure it is as energy efficient as possible. We then walked towards the Hortus, following the same route as the pipes that connected both sites. Here we could the see the installation used for heating the water and delivering it to the greenhouses, together with the back-up heating system. Back at the Hermitage we had a delicious lunch, after which everyone could go their own way.

We would like to thank Kuijpers and the Hermitage for showing us this interesting and daring project.

Excursion Kuijpers: Amsterdam

In collaboration with Kuijpers, Mollier is organizing an excursion to Amsterdam on the 7th of December. We will visit the Hermitage and the Hortus, two buildings that are connected by a thermal storage system. The Hermitage was renovated by Kuijpers in 2009. The building needed more cooling than heating, so the excess heat is deployed in the Hortus, a botanical garden that needs a lot of heat to maintain the subtropical climate. Because of the 400 meter distance between these two buildings, this is a very interesting project. The control system is extraordinary as well, because the two climates are so different from each other but they are both controlled by the same system.

For more information about the program and to sign up, visit this page.

Recap Excursion Peutz Laboratory

Thursday the 23th of March Mollier is invited at Peutz to visit their laboratories in Molenhoek near the German border. After a train ride of one and a half hour, the group of 15 people found itself at an abandoned train station in the middle of nowhere. A 5 minutes’ walk from Peutz’ experimental area. At arrival a luxurious tea table was waiting for the participants, which was arranged very well. The afternoon started with a short introduction of the director, Casper Esmeijer, and three additional presentations about Peutz, the laboratory and work within the company. The first presentation was given by Albert Alders. The presentation took us along the many projects within the different disciplines, Peutz is invested in. The last two presentations were about working within the company. One of these presentations was given by an alumnus of Mollier, Manon Derks. Which was interested because of her insight in Peutz and the link with our master.

After the presentations we had a small break, which was followed by the visitation of the laboratories. We visited two climate chambers, three interconnected rooms for acoustical measurements, an anechoic chamber, the model room with different scale models for acoustical measurements, the pyrotechnic oven, the fire safety laboratory and the wind tunnel.

We want to thank Vera van der Berg for this interesting opportunity, to get insight in the company and facilities. We also want to thank everybody who presented and took us on the tour through the facilities. We had a great afternoon!



Peutz is a group of independent consultants specialised in a wide range of fields related to the design and building of any type of architectural or industrial development. Specialities range from acoustics, building physics and physics of urban design, noise control, and environmental technology to fire safety, sustainability and the optimisation of working conditions.

Peutz also operates laboratories for specific fields in building physics such as: acoustics, building physics, wind technology and fire safety. These laboratories are used for specific project-related research as well as fundamental research studies.

In case you didn’t notice, acoustics, building physics, wind technology and fire safety are all part of our expertise. This is why Mollier is invited to visit four of the laboratories in Molenhoek!


When: 23rd of March, 13:30 ~ 17:00 (excluding travel time)

Where: Molenhoek

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Excursion Peutz laboratory

Excursion Doornroosje: CHEOPS x Mollier

The excursion last friday was very interesting,! Together with CHEOPS, Studievereniging Bouwkunde we have organised a trip to one of Netherlands` most interesting music venues. One of the main goals of the trip is to introduce bachelor students to the world of building physics in practice and show them where architecture meets building physics. The 28 participants of the excursion was a perfect blend of bachelor students and BPS master students. Thank you all very much for joining us!

The 21st board would like to thank CHEOPS for this amazing collaboration. We are also very thankful for the very interesting, passionate and educational presentations by Jan Decker from AGS Architekten & Planners BV and Maarten Luykx from Peutz. At last but not least we would like to thank Toine Tax from Doornroosje for having us over and making this excursion possible.

We have a lot of activities coming up in the coming weeks, watch this space for more info soon. We hope to see you there!


Recap of Mollier @ JPV Business Festival 2017

Thank you all for joining us on ‘Jong Professionals Verenigd Business Festival 2017’ organized by TVVL!

The morning started early as the festival kick-off was around 08:00. This kick-off keynote speech was held by Thomas Rau, talking about the Universal Rights of Materials. An interesting conversation where the use of materials in our current society was evaluated and how this could/should change in the future.

Throughout the rest of the day, several other speakers talked about the implementation of big data for Strukton, the use of virtual reality in the built environment, the future and challenges of social robots and many other interesting and thoughtful subjects.

Parallel to these presentations, there was also the possibility to drive in a F1 simulator, experience virtual reality with the Microsoft Hololens and the Oculus Rift, make your own electronical battery eater in the form of a dog or just chatting with likeminded people.

The day ended with keynote speaker Martijn Aslander, stand-up philosopher and creative mind. A talk about using no money to get things done, avoiding bureaucracy and organizing things faster and more efficient. In the end, our own David went home with a signed copy of Thomas Rau`s book for the best question asked.

We as Mollier enjoyed the event a lot and hope to see you all at the next event!