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.
Kwakkel Showroom in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects
February 3rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Wiel Arets Architects
Located in a newly formed industrial area within the municipality of Apeldoorn between the city center and the national highway, Kwakkel, which distributes building and sanitary ware, required new facilities for their diverse program; administration, showroom, storage, service area, as well as cafeteria and restaurant overlaying the customary showroom program with additional public use.
Occupying the entire site, the program was equally divided into exterior and interior spaces. The main volume, which consists of interior program, was stretched laterally across the site, following its sinuous profile, while at the same time distributing storage and parking areas on the remainder of the site.
The various users, whether on foot or traveling by vehicle, enter the premises by passing underneath the center of the main volume. From here the main entrance hall, which is similarly accessible form the two main exterior spaces, is revealed and functions both as cashier, security and transfer point. It’s main stairway leads to the upper level program that consists of exhibition, office, cafeteria and restaurant space. Large terraces at either end of the building extend the upper level program.
The two levels are spatially and visually connected via staircase and roof and floor perforations, which convert to internal patios in the showroom. Their configurations organize a internal route through the building, in which the users perception alters between focusing on presentations and relaxing within the external patios..
With the exception for the clear glazed foyer, the building is completely enveloped in translucent white polycarbonate panels. The translucent skin, combined with the various internal patios carved into the volume of the building, form various lighting effects along its articulated surface. This, along with the strong vertical frame of the polycarbonate panels enhances the geometry of the building whilst altering and shifting the perception of it from various vantage points.
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