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Sumit Singhal
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.

Kas di coral in Groningen, Netherlands by Bahama-Architecten

 
December 11th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bahama-Architecten

The “kas di coral” project is located in the new district “de Linie”, which is part of the urban area Europa Park in Groningen, Netherlands. In 2001 the undeveloped district was the scene of the Blue Moon manifestation. An event directed by Toyo Ito where a temporary symbiosis between architecture and visual art was created.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

  • Architect: Bahama-Architecten
  • Name of Project: Kas di coral
  • Location: Groningen, Netherlands
  • Completion Date: 2011
  • GFA: 291 m2
  • Photographer: Richard Zomerdijk

The urban plan of ‘de  Linie’ is designed by Wiel Arets. It is characterized by a particularly high urban density. The plot size is 12m wide and 15m deep. Some requirements of the quality plan are: flat roofs, placement of buildings directly on the street and one of the side property lines. Just like  the Blue Moon manifestation  the ‘kas di coral’ project is a fusion of architecture and art.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

The house is designed by Sipke Kingma / Bahama architects. The facade design was created in collaboration with the visual artist Tanja Isbarn. The main structure of the house follows, highlights and reinforces the strict preconditions of the quality plan. The building is orthogonal in nature and there is a strict organization schedule  based on the floor plans. The outward appearance is entirely white. As the name ‘Kas di coral’ shows, there is a special connection with the Netherlands Antilles, here specifically the island of Bonaire.

Night View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

The aesthetic concept of the perforated facade in the ‘Kunst am Bau’ project Muraya di coral, derived from fossilized coral mass which is the basic substance of the atoll island Bonaire. The two wall surfaces directed towards the public space are perforated with organic holes in the concrete. The Oblique cuts of the holes allow day light to fall  into the interior of the three floors of the house in a very surprising way.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

Throughout the day a changing light / shade situation appears in the house and it’s walls. In the evening that variable perception game is then addressed to the outside. The contrast between the fragile beauty of the coral, the coral reefs and human development of ever more distance  and distortion of this nature is reflected in the appearance of the living organic patterns and tight sterile architecture.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

It is obvious that in this concept effciently energy use was sought after. The heating and hot water demand is supported by 10 m2 of solar panels on the roof. The use of daylight has the highest priority, as a source of passive energy. The whole house is equipped with LED lighting.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

The house reflects the contradiction of human development in distancing  from nature and at the  same time depending on her, forming a symbiosis as a new interpretation of some kind of cultivated origin. The current draft interprets the dilemma of human development with the immanent dependence and simultaneous distancing from nature.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

Night View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

Front View in Night (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

Side View (Images Courtesy Richard Zomerdijk)

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