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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.

ROZET CULTURE HOUSE in ARNHEM, THE NETHERLANDS by NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

 
October 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

ROZET, Arnhem

Rozet is the new address for various cultural and educational institutions in Arnhem. The mixture of Library, Heritage Centre, Art Centre and Community College gives rise to one of the most important public buildings in the city.

View facade, Image Courtesy scagliolabrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

  • Architects: NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS
  • Project: ROZET CULTURE HOUSE
  • Location: ARNHEM, THE NETHERLANDS
  • Photography: scagliolabrakkee, Neutelings Riedijk Architects
  • Program: Cultural center, Library, Music and Dance school, Art studios, Exhibition spaces, Auditorium, Grand-Café, Bookstore
  • Surface Area: 12.000 sqm.
  • Building costs: €25 mio building and construction costs, €31 mio building and construction costs including interior and immediate surrounding area.
  • Client: City of Arnhem Stadhuisplein 1, 3811 LM Arnhem, the Netherlands
  • Design: Competition 2009, first prize
  • Construction start: 2011
  • Completion: 2013

Staircase, interior street and exhibition wall, Image Courtesy scagliolabrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

  • Architectural engineering: ABT Adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek, Velp
  • Structural engineering: Van de Laar bv, Advies- en ingenieursbureau voor bouwconstructies, Eindhoven
  • Building physics: DGMR Raadgevend Ingenieurs, Arnhem
  • Building services: Ingenieursburo Linssen, Amsterdam
  • Artist Collaboration: Catalogtree, Arnhem
  • General Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Wessels Rijssen, Rijssen

Facade detail, Image Courtesy scagliolabrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

A LINK BETWEEN DOWNTOWN AND POST-WAR EXPANSION

In volume and articulation Rozet forms the architectonic transition between the historic and the post-war city tissue of Arnhem. The building lies at the conjunction of the Station Area and the Kerkplein (Church square), which is the central route in the urban planning for the Rijnboog quarter in Arnhem. Rozet, with its cultural and educational program, provides an anchor point on this public route and a catalyst for future urban development.

View facade, Image Courtesy scagliolabrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

THE INTERIOR STREET AS AN EXTENSION OF THE URBAN ROUTE

Rozet has been designed as an urban elongation of the central route between the Station Area and the Church square. The core of Rozet is formed as a glazed interior route which intersects the building on all floors. A lingering public gallery with a sequence of attractive squares which function as entrances for the various institutions and reflect the synergy between them.

View staircase and interior street, Image Courtesy scagliolabrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Occasionally the interior street takes the shape of an exhibition hall or foyer, at other times it functions as an auditorium or an ascending reading room with study sites. The visibility of this interior street from outside as well as the apparent programming on the inside of the building in the showcase windows, led displays, book cases and illuminated billboards strengthen the public identity of the building on both street and city level.

View Bartokplein, Image Courtesy scagliolabrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

FACADE & IDENTITY

The facade of Rozet is aimed at expressing public identity. It is built out of sandy, vertical concrete elements, that display the building as a whole to the city. The elements feature reliefs and rosettes, giving the facade texture and the building meaning in its public supply by their analogy with knowledge. On the one hand the vertical blinds function as a fixed screen, on the other hand they allow the sunlight to enter deep into the building through high vertical windows.

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

A SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

A combination of choices make Rozet into a sustainable building. The interior street operates as a climate neutral vent based on natural ventilation. The roof is entirely green. It is a combination of vegetation and a water buffer which contributes to the air-condition of the building. Birds and insects benefit from this green oasis in an urban setting. The roof accomodates furthermore solar panels which make a substantial contribution to energy requirements of the building. Lastly the thermal storage confirms Rozet to be one of the most sustainable buildings in Arnhem.

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS

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