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.
Building Anton and Gerard win the 2013 Dirk Roosenburg prize!
November 7th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Jessica Sibbing
One project stood out due to its architectural and spatial qualities, the inspirational client, and the innovative approach to a vital redevelopment task. Building Anton and Gerard put the redevelopment of Eindhoven in the limelight, putting it on the map as a creative city.
On Friday October 25th, during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the winners of the Dirk Roosenburg prize were announced. Building Anton was designed by diederendirrix architects and Building Gerard by Jo Coenen, Coenen Sättele Architects. They developed two very different designs for the buildings, which nonetheless remain inextricably linked.
According to the nomination committee: “While the design for Gerard is characterized by restraint and conscientious plans, the design for Anton has striking dynamic spatial relationships. Both buildings have been designed with the utmost attention to detail. We particularly applaud that while working with different design approaches great care has been taken to unite the two buildings in the “hoge rug”. The roof gardens by Buro Lubbers add extra quality to the life in and around both buildings. Together, Gerard and Anton show that the transformation from factories into housing can be very successful.
Except for the use of different architects, Trudo commissioned the same project team for the redevelopment of both Philips buildings. The task was complex. First they had to find a way to relate to the industrial heritage, especially since the buildings are national monuments. Yet, it also had to be made liveable – and lively – for future users.
The architects made understated designs that respectfully addressed the needed redevelopment. Nevertheless, they didn’t avoid significant interventions. The staggered corridors and the holes punched through the floors in Anton are an excellent example of powerful interventions that give an extra dimension, enhancing the building’s spatial qualities. In contrast, Gerard’s transformation concept is based on the original concrete structure of the building. By creating horizontal and vertical light ducts, daylight that comes in through the roof and the southern façade subtly penetrates deep into the building.
The Dirk Roosenburg prize is an architecture prize that is awarded once every two years. The prize is awarded since 1989 in order to support inspiring building projects in Eindhoven.
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