Drents Archive / Zecc Architecten

Architects: Zecc Architecten
Location: Assen, The Netherlands
Project Architect: Bart Kellerhuis
Project Team: Marnix van der Meer, Steven Nobel René de Korte, Roy van Maarseveen, Tom Leerkes, Sien Wittevrongel, Elise Bylo, Kathy Vanhoenacker
Area: 3,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cornbread Works

In 2010 Zecc Architects was selected through a European tender for the expansion and renovation of the Drents Archive in Assen. Two years later Zecc delivers its first public building: The monument is quite been dusted, completely reorganized and equipped with a brand new entrance at the canal.

The reason for the plan is a new way of giving access to archival material. In the Drents Archive 3.0, you no longer find containers filled with old cards with family trees, but now you can navigate through digital photos, old maps and film material. You can search by time and place or even leave text messages with the found material to bring old stories back to life. An important goal is making the archive data accessible to a broad audience: young and old, for large groups, for “archive snackers and deep diggers”.

The monumental building had a very closed character before the conversion and was accessed via a small tower on the Brink of Assen. With a new entrance to the pavilion on the other side of the building it has become accessible and inviting. Though the complete reversal of the routing and the associated program  the old building is literally placed in today’s time.

The pearl white entrance is already visible from the station at  the canal side and it is accessible from the new archive garden or the nearby Museum Lane. A long meandering path takes you to the breathtaking entrance. Through this futuristic ‘time machine’ you enter the old archive building and history unfolds.

The monumental state archive consists of three components from different periods and styles. A cloister from the Middle Ages is one of the oldest pieces of Assen. Around 1900 architect Lokhorst built the main building in neo-style, around 1980 architect Tauber realized an expansion with reading and underground archives. This last part is now equipped with a new entrance, which is the most recent addition in the series.

With the new entrance, the program is almost completely overhauled and all new features are  strung together through a clear ongoing ‘timeline’. As you go through the building, you travel from the present through the olk parts of the building from the Middle Ages.

Per period another approach is chosen for the architectural interventions and additions. The oldest part is of great monumental value and remained mostly unchanged. With new loose furniture and a coffeebar this part is connected to the other building component.

The section from 1900 is completely cleaned, so the original spatial quality has become visible again. Assen has now back the space how Lokhorst intended it. The offices that were housed here are moved upwards and now this part constitutes the core of the audience-friendly archive: The Digi Lounge. In this space, young and old can meet and exchange stories.

The digital lounge is provided with several custom made furniture pieces with integrated digital facilities. In this component are also a reading room and a meeting room, which are fully restored in their original state. For this purpose an old ceiling painting has returned, which has hung temporarily in the adjacent archive.

In the section of Tauber a major reorganization has occurred: floors are broken, and beautiful spatial voids are created. In this part is now the entrance and auditorium. The sculptural rounded corners of the reception are reflected in the entire plan. From extension to furniture.

As a final addition there is in the year 2012 a refined entrance pavilion. With its seamless shapes, transparency and inviting staircase it seduces the visitor to discover the history. It optimistically preludes the future and connects the present with the rich past of Drenthe.

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Drents Archive / Zecc Architecten originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 30 Nov 2012.

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Helsinki Central Library Entry by OYO + office9 + Ingenium

As part of our mini series of Stage 1 proposals submitted to the Helsinki Central Library competition, here is the entry by Belgian collaboration OYO + office9 + Ingenium.

Helsinki Central Library Entry by OYO + office9 + Ingenium

As part of our mini series of Stage 1 proposals submitted to the Helsinki Central Library competition, here is the entry by Belgian collaboration OYO + office9 + Ingenium.

House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects

Architects: Tierney Haines Architects
Location: Mayo, Ireland
Project Team: Stephen Tierney, James Casey, Gabriella Regina, Sandy Rendel, Alex Doran, Amy Fitzgerald.
Engineer: EDPM, Frank Endicott, Alan Guildea
Lighting Design: Contemporary Lighting Solutions, James Hornsby
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stephen Tierney

This family home on Blacksod Bay in west Mayo takes its inspiration from local farms and the small courtyard enclosures they make. The house faces south to the sea that is a mere 30 metres away, the courtyard form provides shelter in a location where it is difficult to use planting. The dwelling’s heavy stone walls anchor the building in its rugged setting and give protection against the severe weather.

This is a house for large family gatherings with the kitchen at the heart of the house. In the Winter the two storey block can be closed off for the immediate family while in Summer the house expands for the many visitors.

Access from the courtyard and circulation through the house are orientated with constant reference to the views of the open sea, islands, beach – a two hundred degree panorama.

The materials selected mirror the qualities of the site and were chosen to weather and age, sandstone, limed oak, zinc. The local Lacken sandstone is as hard as granite, has a warm variety of tone and brings continuity from exterior to interior. The rough drystone wall is refined by cut stone lintels and sills which lead to the use of a similar finish internally on both walls and floors.

The internal spaces are varied in section and make use of quieter textures and a limited palette of colours and materials. The deep window reveals are lined with limed oak. Curtains are made from undyed linen. Externally, rough sandstone masks the window frames focussing the viewers attention on the landscape beyond. As one moves through the quiet interior, views of the wild landscape are composed through generous glazing.

The house is BER A rated for energy using 320mm cellulose insulation, HRV ventilation, geothermal heating and taking benefit from its south facing aspect.

House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects © Stephen Tierney
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House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects Site Plan
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House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects Detail
House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects Elevation study

House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 30 Nov 2012.

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26 Departamentos – Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes



26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

Este proyecto esta pensado para marcar un estamento acerca de lo que puede llegar a ser la vivienda social: proveer casas de alta calidad a costos controlados, y promover una fuerte imagen dentro de la ciudad.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

Las 26 unidades en el edificio están distribuidas en torno a un vano central que contiene la caja de escaleras, con la intención de tomar ventaja de la posición en ángulo que tiene el sitio. Los recintos de servicio están agrupadas al centro del edificio y los espacios de uso común están beneficiados de una doble exposición. La vista del Sena y del paisaje alrededor es ampliamente visible. La fachada es una piel estructural que permite la eliminación de muros al interior de los departamentos y así dar mayor versatilidad a los espacios con el tiempo.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

Mientras los departamentos están basados en un principio lógico de organización, el orden de los balcones y su retranqueo es lo que le da su carácter único a cada unidad. Cada departamento se beneficia de un espacio exterior privado, jardines en el primer piso, balcones en los pisos medios y terrazas en los superiores.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

La elección de un principio, la aplicación de un material continuo para el grupo de fachadas expresa el sentido de unidad y refuerza la geometría de la obra.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

El exterior es enriquecido por la diversidad de balcones que crean un exterior con un juego de tramas sobre la fachada. La utilización de ladrillos como piel agrega complejidad y da la impresión de una fachada en constante cambio.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

Arquitectos: Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes
Año de la Obra: 2006
Área construida: 2.100 m²
Ubicación:Francia
Fotógrafo: Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler



26 Departamentos – Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes



26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

Este proyecto esta pensado para marcar un estamento acerca de lo que puede llegar a ser la vivienda social: proveer casas de alta calidad a costos controlados, y promover una fuerte imagen dentro de la ciudad.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

Las 26 unidades en el edificio están distribuidas en torno a un vano central que contiene la caja de escaleras, con la intención de tomar ventaja de la posición en ángulo que tiene el sitio. Los recintos de servicio están agrupadas al centro del edificio y los espacios de uso común están beneficiados de una doble exposición. La vista del Sena y del paisaje alrededor es ampliamente visible. La fachada es una piel estructural que permite la eliminación de muros al interior de los departamentos y así dar mayor versatilidad a los espacios con el tiempo.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

Mientras los departamentos están basados en un principio lógico de organización, el orden de los balcones y su retranqueo es lo que le da su carácter único a cada unidad. Cada departamento se beneficia de un espacio exterior privado, jardines en el primer piso, balcones en los pisos medios y terrazas en los superiores.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

La elección de un principio, la aplicación de un material continuo para el grupo de fachadas expresa el sentido de unidad y refuerza la geometría de la obra.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

El exterior es enriquecido por la diversidad de balcones que crean un exterior con un juego de tramas sobre la fachada. La utilización de ladrillos como piel agrega complejidad y da la impresión de una fachada en constante cambio.

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

26 Departamentos - Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

Arquitectos: Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes
Año de la Obra: 2006
Área construida: 2.100 m²
Ubicación:Francia
Fotógrafo: Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler



House N / mattch


Architects: mattch
Location: Mizuho-ku Nagoya-shi, Japan
Area: 98.16 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: nacasa&partners

The site of House N is a trapezoid facing the green extension of the elementary school spread through a front-shaped slope.

A construction for furniture, such as a shop without a feeling of life, was demanded from the chief mourner.

Because of the site s the house shape is the transformation of two rectangles that leave a free space for internal circulation.

 Because of the gradient of the site, the decision was to gradually repeat the level of the floor dividing the house into skip-stop floors space.

Each floor has displayed much furniture, which the chief mourner owns. Impartially, the furniture use the most of the spaces while having a bedroom, the functions such as the kitchen begins to be blurred in the other spaces through central stairs.

The heating and cooling system was established as an art object along the free space throw the vertical circulation with the idea to keep each floor comfortable.

At the same time these operation connects gently the space between, top and bottom, right and left. The circulation moderates the space of the building to felt the expansion in despite of the narrowness of the construction.

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House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
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House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
House N / mattch © nacasa&partners
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House N / mattch Plan Concept
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House N / mattch Section Concept
House N / mattch Section Concept
House N / mattch Section Concept
House N / mattch Section Concept

House N / mattch originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 30 Nov 2012.

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Winner of Austin’s Waller Creek Design Competition

The multidisciplinary design team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Thomas Phifer & Associates was recently named winner of Design Waller Creek: A Competition. Organized by the Austin, TX-based Waller Creek Conservancy, this international design competition called for ideas to revitalize a 7-mile stretch of Waller Creek, a neglected Austin urban ecosystem, and thus turning a “currently fragmented and undervalued section of the city into a vibrant, livable, and workable district.”

Winner of Austin’s Waller Creek Design Competition

The multidisciplinary design team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Thomas Phifer & Associates was recently named winner of Design Waller Creek: A Competition. Organized by the Austin, TX-based Waller Creek Conservancy, this international design competition called for ideas to revitalize a 7-mile stretch of Waller Creek, a neglected Austin urban ecosystem, and thus turning a “currently fragmented and undervalued section of the city into a vibrant, livable, and workable district.”

Edificio MZ – Diez + Muller Arquitectos



Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

En una zona residencial de Quito, se plantea un edificio de cuatro departamentos de aproximadamente 400 m2 cada uno. El edificio fue encargado por una familia, y cuenta con cuatro pisos y un subsuelo para estacionamientos, bodegas y servicios del mismo.

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

El terreno es de forma trapezoidal, tiene una pendiente pronunciada negativa, y se conforma de dos frentes hacia las vías internas de la urbanización.

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

De acuerdo a estas premisas, el diseño del edificio plantea lo siguiente:

La claridad volumétrica en relación a la morfología del terreno y al programa resuelto en su interior. En planta, el trapecio se divide en dos formas geométricas puras, (triángulo y rectángulo) siendo estas el rigor formal de la fachada tanto como el organizador principal de las plantas.

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Los cuatro departamentos se integran a la geometría de la siguiente manera: Dos departamentos duplex en planta baja, uno en el lado triangular de la planta y el otro en el lado rectangular. En el tercer y cuarto piso están los dos departamentos restantes que ocupan la totalidad de la planta cada uno. En este caso, la geometría define el programa de cada departamento. Las áreas sociales y de servicio ocupan el lado triangular y las privadas el lado rectangular de la plantas. Las circulaciones se convierten en elementos articuladores entre las dos formas.

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Finalmente, esta el vestíbulo principal del edificio. Es un volumen triangular de tres pisos de altura que ocupa la unión entre los dos volúmenes geométricos, y se abre a través de una pantalla de vidrio hacia una plaza de ingreso público al edificio.

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

La organización y el manejo espacial sobre la topografía del terreno mediante varias plataformas que inician con la plaza de ingreso, los estacionamientos, y finalmente el área comunal y su jardín en el punto mas bajo del terreno.

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Arquitectos: Diez + Muller Arquitectos
Año de la Obra:2009
Ubicación: Quito, Ecuador
Fotógrafo: Sebastián Crespo

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos

Edificio MZ - Diez + Muller Arquitectos