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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Artistic amenity Stadshaard in Enschede, The Netherlands by Branimir Medić & Pero Puljiz, de Architekten Cie

 
August 2nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Branimir Medić & Pero Puljiz, de Architekten Cie

This power station is an instrument of education: designed to develop a sensibility for the consumption of energy and sustainable cohabitation. Combined heat and power plants are usually neutral industrial structures that are situated at some inconspicuous location. By contrast, the Stadshaard (literally the ‘city hearth’) stands at a prominent spot in Roombeek, where a neutral building would be out of place. With the Stadshaard’s dimensions (a building 10 metres high with a 40-metre chimney) it would, moreover, be impossible to realize an ‘invisible’ building that merges with the surroundings.

Overview (Images Courtesy Hugo Kaagman)

  • Architect: Branimir Medić & Pero Puljiz, de Architekten Cie
  • Name of Project: Artistic amenity Stadshaard
  • Location: Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Client: Essent Warmte, Den Bosch
  • Programme: warmtekrachtcentrale/ combined heat and power station
  • Photos: Jeroen Musch, Hugo Kaagman

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch)

  • Project team: H. Hammink, H. Vermeer
  • Artist: Hugo Kaagman
  • Process management: Timmerman Bouwmanagement, Nieuwleusen
  • Structural engineer: Ingenieursburo Arnhem Groep, Duiven
  • Contractor: WAM & Van Duren Bouw, Winterswijk
  • Façade cladding: MSP Dak en Wand, Heerenveen
  • Façade panels: Decall Consulting, De Rijp
  • Date of commission: 06/2007
  • Date of construction: 10/2008 – 02/2010
  • Gross surface: 390 m2

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch)

The Stadshaard is a gateway building for the district of Roombeek, an eye-stopper and a point of reference. Its basic form is simple, while its elevations are clad in one-metre-square panels with expressive motifs and figurative depictions. These are reminiscent of the delftware tiles that line Holland’s traditional open hearths and therefore hint that this structure might have something to do with fire and warmth: the City Hearth.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch)

Delftware tiles often have figurative motifs that are anecdotes about everyday life. The figurative depictions for the Stadshaard allude to energy generation, to famous buildings or people from Enschede and to themes that recur often in the work and life of the artist Hugo Kaagman. The result is the biggest delftware artwork in the Netherlands.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch)

Images Courtesy Hugo Kaagman

Images Courtesy Hugo Kaagman

Images Courtesy Hugo Kaagman

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch)

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