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Posts tagged as 'Atelier Kempe Thill'

Mon 9.7.

Drug Addicts’ Hotel by Atelier Kempe Thill (NL)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 09.07.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

Drug Addicts’ Hotel by Atelier Kempe Thill; photo by Ulrich Schwarz

The award-winning Rotterdam-based practice Atelier Kempe Thill have recently completed this glass-clad three-storey building which serves as a residential hotel for heroin addicts. Located ‘at a sensitive transition between the square and the park’ in Amsterdam’s Zuidoost borough, the building features an antiseptic, uniformly off-white interior which aims to ‘to offer a calm framework for everyday life’. (more…)

Wed 18.5.

Villa Pu by Atelier Kempe Thill (NL)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 18.05.2011 - Tagged as: , ,

Villa Pu by Atelier Kempe Thill; photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

Villa Pu is a new youth and community centre realised by the award-winning Rotterdam-based practice Atelier Kempe Thill. Located in the Osdorp area of Amsterdam, the small-yet-striking, minimalist building consists of two instantly-distinguishable antipodal space concepts: a translucent fully-glazed ground floor used as a ‘public living room ‘, and a monolithic cubic community hall located in the upper part of the building. (more…)

'HipHouse Zwolle', photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

New Poverty = New Richness: With the realisation of this apartment building in Zwolle / Netherlands the Rotterdam based architectural practice Atelier Kempe Thill created 64 new highly comfortable social housing units and offered an alternative to the typical deck-access housing of the 1970s.

'HipHouse Zwolle', photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

“At the dawn of a new era of neo-liberalism in Europe, social housing is once again regarded with increasing indifference. The implicit assumption is that apartments for the lower social classes ought to be small, cramped, dark, badly built and ugly.
Architecture in the sense of a building art hardly plays a role here, for marketing and spatial qualities are regarded as unimportant and superfluous.
Furthermore, social housing developments are facing great financial pressures due to a tightening of environmental laws, which entails a considerable increase in costs for technical equipment and building components, and negatively affects design opportunities.
International star-architects barely show any interest in the topic. Accordingly, very few alternatives (to standard solutions) are being produced which, by becoming showcases, could act as catalysts to break out of the recent stasis.
The Hiphouse project in Zwolle presented Atelier Kempe Thill with a welcome opportunity to fundamentally question the assignment ‘social housing’. Largely due to the client’s ambition and the active support of urban planners, a prototypical project could be realized without exceeding a typical Dutch standard budget for comparable projects. A radical minimization of architectural means and a visible assertion of the processes and technologies of the building process helped to realize a maximum of living quality.”

'HipHouse Zwolle', photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

“The deck-access typology is the most common form of multi-story social housing in the Netherlands, because a large number of apartments can be connected to a limited number of stairwells. Despite the social stigma this typology has come to represent, it remains an almost inevitable solution. Due to its extreme cost-efficiency it is still being employed today in large numbers. The very compact building typology realized through the central circulation in Zwolle offers an economic and competitive alternative.
The building block, measuring 23m x 32m and providing 8 units per floor, has a very limited facade surface in relation to its floor area; this favourably affects building costs and enables the high quality detailing of the facade. The housing units are organized around a central core containing a double stair and an elevator. The plan layout allocates the larger apartments to the spatially interesting corners, thus creating apartments with double orientation.
The smaller studio apartments either face east or west, guaranteeing optimum sunlight for all apartments. To compensate for its volumetric compactness, the building’s surface is consistently glazed. Anodized aluminium profiles hold the high quality solar-protection glazing to form the facade. Depending on the viewer’s position the building appears to be covered by a transparent skin or a reflective surface; furthermore, sliding doors provide generously dimensioned facade openings.
As a whole, a very delicate visual balance is achieved. The functional grid of the windows and the underlying construction form a rigid architectural order, which is counterbalanced by a spontaneous collage of colourful apartment interiors. In a display of the complexities of city life a vital and optimistic image emerges, striking up intensive communication with the neighbourhood. This image is collective as well as individual, for it is – consciously or unconsciously – formed with the active participation of every inhabitant. The ‘building in use’ therefore essentially becomes the facade.”

'HipHouse Zwolle', photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

'HipHouse Zwolle', photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

'HipHouse Zwolle', photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

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Theater Podium Grotekerkplein in Rotterdam by Atelier Kempe Thill

Theater Podium Grotekerkplein in Rotterdam by Atelier Kempe Thill

Situated between the gothic Sint Laurenskerk (Saint Laurens cathedral) and the Delftsevaart canal, the Grotekerkplein was formed only during the course of the modernist reconstruction of the city centre of Rotterdam, which was almost entirely destroyed during World War 2.

Despite its central location the square hardly plays a role in the city’s life, as no shopping streets connect it to the rest of the city’s public spaces, and only a few facilities are oriented towards the square itself. Instead, a number of building backs define the square’s appearance and atmosphere, leaving it spatially unappealing and dull. Therefore the idea emerged to activate the square programmatically as well as spatially through the construction of a small theater pavilion, in order to fill the displeasing vacuum within the city fabric.

On the stage

On the stage

On the initiative of the Rotterdam Rotary Club an invited architectural competition was organized in the autumn of 2004, for which Atelier Kempe Thill submitted the winning entry.

The theatre podium was conceived as a large urban stage. Two service cores – 5m in height – rise from a 50cm high base. Between these two volumes a roof covers 30m in free span, with the resulting open frame forming the stage. The stage space has a double orientation, both towards the square and the water, making it possible for performances to be viewed from both sides. A further possible viewing arrangement could be to place the audience itself on the ‘stage’.The southern service core accommodates a stage curtain measuring 70m in length when unravelled. Depending on the event taking place, this curtain can be used to adjust the stage size, or even completely transform the stage itself into an enclosed ‘curtained space’.

Without curtains

Without curtains

Theater Podium Grotekerkplein

Theater Podium Grotekerkplein

more information @ World Architecture News

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