Goossens Building

Goossens building

The building is named after Thomas Goossens, the institution's first Rector Magnificus and was called "Building C" until 2006.

Goossens building

This was a logical name: the first building on campus (current Cobbenhagen Building) was called: 'A', the second (current Koopmans Building) was called 'B'. Building C was completed at the same time as building B in 1972 and was designed by Jos. Bedaux, also the architect of the first two buildings.

The building included several lecture halls, including one with a capacity of 450 students. The main auditorium—even after a renovation—is in almost its original state. The building still houses, as it did in the beginning, the equipment and workrooms of the computing center, one of the predecessors of today's Library and IT Services. The ground floor of the building, on the street side, has been home to a multitude of units, institutions, and businesses since the turn of the century. Initially home to university units such as the Krities Informatie Sentrum in the 1970s and 1980s and Tilburg University Press (1990s), stores and businesses moved in later. Bookstore Gianotten was there for almost ten years. Since 2014, there has been a branch of coffee giant Starbucks, including a terrace, and since 2017 an Albert Heijn.

Against the wall of the first-floor lecture hall is a brick relief by Lucas van Hoek, from whom two works can also be found in Simon Building. On the ground floor, you can find a bronze sculpture of Goossens, made by Albert Termote. Against the wall in the hall, the artwork Natura Artis Magistra by Rob Moonen was installed in 2007, in which—divided over four screens—processes of growth and flowering and tides and other natural phenomena are shown in slow motion.

More about history and academic heritage

The Tilburg University academic heritage is a very diverse set of archives, visual materials, collections, devices, recorded stories, et cetera that relate to the history of the university.