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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.

The craftsmanship of a retail pavilion in Haarlem, The Netherlands by Powerhouse Company

December 17th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Powerhouse Company

At the train station of Haarlem, The Netherlands, underneath the historical roofed gallery, Powerhouse Company designed two retail pavilions, one for Starbucks and one for Broodzaak, a Dutch chain for take-away sandwiches, coffee and snacks. With the arrival of the pavilions the site retrieves its original function as an area for meeting and waiting.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy.

Powerhouse Company was asked by NS Stations, the biggest Dutch railway company, to design two pavilions underneath the roof that will answer to 21st century requirements, but will keep the historical character of the location. The train station of Haarlem, as one of the oldest stations in the Netherlands, has an elegant design in the style of Art Nouveau, with a perfect balance between architecture, art and craftsmanship.

The large roofed gallery, situated in front of the station, was originally used to provide shelter to carriages and later to many travelers. Due to the dynamic square in front of the station, it was a not logical to leave the space underneath the roof empty, but the historical value makes an all enclosing facade undesirable as well.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy.

The design by Powerhouse Company is based on the precise placing of the two pavilions underneath the roof, keeping the original space coherent and maintaining the idea of a covered square. The facades are based on the formal language of the train station with its authentic waiting rooms, characterized by the use of stone and wood. The typical wooden frames at the station have been translated into the facade design of the pavilions. The details of wood, brass, glass and stone together form a sleek and fully flush facade, and creates an abstract representation of the existing wooden structures at the train station. The design by Powerhouse Company shows a 21st century version of craftsmanship through wood, glass and stone.

About Powerhouse Company

Charles Bessard (1970, France) and Nanne de Ru (1976, The Netherlands) founded Powerhouse Company in 2005. Powerhouse Company has offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Copenhagen, Denmark and works on various international commissions that range from furniture design to architecture, planning and research.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy.

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