The Atrium was for years a favourite spot for UvA students and staff to have lunch and dinner in the city centre. With lectures no longer being held in building BG5 where the Atrium is located, the restaurant became much quieter. In light of this and considering the further modifications planned for the City Centre Campus in the future, Facility Services worked hard over the summer months to bring a new, small-scale and more charming Atrium restaurant to life. The renovated Atrium opened on Monday, 5 September.
The front section (the Spiegelzaal) underneath the glass pyramid has a new look and feel, including a lunch counter that has been added to the Atrium Café. The café floor has also been refurbished, to great effect.
The restaurant's old seating area underneath the covering between the façades of the men's and women's departments of the old Binnengasthuis Hospital has been closed, although this area is still available for events.
With these renovations, the Atrium is once again a place where students and staff can meet up, collaborate and study, and of course grab something to eat or drink. It offers a preview of the new food and drink concept planned for 2017.
The new food and drink vision (to be introduced at the UvA starting from 2017) is based around the concept of meeting, collaborating, studying and relaxing with others in an attractive setting. Every campus will have a multifunctional centre (the 'base’) where you can find various food and drink options, as well as a coffee house that can serve as a café. The renovated Atrium and the Atrium Café will serve as a temporary 'base’, offering a preview of the new food and drink concept.