Zwijsen Building

Zwijsen building

The Zwijsen building offers room for reflection and contemplation to students and staff at Tilburg University campus.

Opening times due to coronavirus

Reflection and prayer

The Zwijsen Building, the iconic building at the heart of Tilburg University campus, opened on May 22nd, 1992.

This center for reflection and prayer encourages introspection and thus wants to contribute to deeper awareness. A place where people can contemplate their own actions and thoughts, and where academics can show their non-academic side. Such a ‘quiet contemplation room’ has a qualitative addition to the university, without focusing on institutionalized belief systems. A low-threshold building that does not force any particular identity on its visitors, so that everyone can feel welcome. A building that offers a balance between silence and encounter. Reflection and debate by students and employees play an essential role in this. The diversity of visitors coming together generates special exchanges of views and ideas by students and staff members.

In the main hall of the Zwijsen Building two artworks can be seen by Marc Mulders (painter, watercolorist, photographer, and stained-glass artist).

The building is named after Joannes Zwijsen, who in the middle of the 19th century played an important part in the emancipation of the – then still disadvantaged – Roman Catholic population in the Netherlands, especially by promoting the development of education and healthcare.

Multifunctional building

The building was thoroughly renovated in 2014 into a more multifunctional building.

  • The main hall (also 'quiet contemplation room') on the ground floor offers the opportunity to meditate or to pray, to read something, or just to sit in quiet contemplation. Every day, students, staff members and visitors to the university come to the Zwijsen Building to take some time for themselves.
    The main hall can also be booked for meetings by students and employees: see 'Reservations & contact'.
  • The foyer provides space to meet each other and have a quiet conversation.
  • A prayer room for Muslim students and -staff members to say their daily prayers is available on the first floor.

Visit the Zwijsen Building

You are most welcome to visit the Zwijsen Building:

  • the opening hours are every day from 09:00 hrs. till 22:30  hrs.
    (9 am till 10.30 pm)
  • on workdays free entry
  • during weekends and holidays entry by means of your University card
  • the building is closed on December 25 (Christmas Day) and January 1 (New Year).

If access to the building fails, please visit the Security desk in the Vigilant Building. Contact: +31 (0)13 466 3000, e-mail

The Zwijsen Building can also be visited online via Google Maps. It is possible to navigate the building online and view the layout.

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Meetings and regular activities

The building is home to a variety of meetings organised by Academic Forum, as well as other departments and student organisations within the university.

More information about the various regular meetings (and their organisations) can be found below (unfolded items):

Silent meditation
Mindfulness - Wake Up Tilburg
Workshop 'Free your mind'
Muslim prayer
Studente associations
Student Chaplaincy Maranatha

Reservations & contact

Students and staff members of the university can book the Zwijsen Building for meetings or activities they are staging. These meetings must be related to Tilburg University and preferably concern subjects that contribute to greater awareness.

Examples include themes such as character building, personal development, ethics, philosophy, religion, meditation and forms of (personal) belief.

For reservations or more information, please contact: