- View from the waterside
- The appealing sculptural quality of industrial heritage
- Studies for different configurations and roofscapes
- Site plan
- Ground floor plan
- View from the waterside with the Butterfly Garden in the cantilevered volume
- 9th floor
- Section with the different hortuses
- Cross section with the elevated highway and the hortus with the auditorium
- One of the hortuses; the Meditation Garden designed as Hortus Conclusus
- Main square
- Section over the main square and one of the Hortus Conclusus
A Working Building for the Creative Industry | Ouder-Amstel | the Netherlands
‘Design an iconic building for the creative industry on the plot behind Zuidpark on the A10,’ read the wish of Madefor Projects. In our experience, creative businesses desire freedom and room to act rather than corporate tailor-mades: they want a progressive atmosphere that supports their innovative work and like their accommodations to be in industrial heritage, in large industrial spaces, with room for creative self-management. And we didn’t have any.
However, we could apply the appealing sculptural quality of industrial heritage to the design of The Metropolis. Stacking recognizably industrial volumes, we created a collage of individual buildings that together manifest as an idiosyncratic sculpture. Our design language made the building distinctly different from the others along the A10 and the Spaklerweg. It is alienating, defies gravity and has overtones of industrial heritage.
The urban space between the buildings is designed as a ‘Discovery City’. This piece of city consists of streets, alleys, a square, courtyard gardens, gates and street corners. New sights are always available in this setting of alternating atmospheres, this composition of urban space versus building mass.
In addition to a lively square, streets and a quay, the buildings also offer space for peace and quiet. The construction includes eight different botanical gardens in which users can find stillness, play sports and recover from stressful meetings. Each garden has its own atmosphere, size, layout and type of planting: there is a butterfly garden, a pick-your-own garden, a rose garden and a meditation garden. All gardens are linked to double-high multifunctional spaces such as a refectory, a library or an auditorium. Some are public and others are employees-only, but they are always visible to everyone and all contribute to a better climate for the whole neighbourhood.
|Project||A Working Building for the Creative Industry, Ouder-Amstel, the Netherlands|
|Client||Madefor Projects BV|
|Design practice||KettingHuls in collaboration with Quadrant4|
|Architect||Daniëlle Huls, Monica Ketting|
|Status||Preliminary design (masterplan) finished|
|Team||Prisca Arosio, Gara Beukman, Robert Bijl, Alex Garcia Estelles, Annemarie Haarink, Daniëlle Huls, Luïsa Jacobse, Monica Ketting, Freddy Koelemeijer, Enrique Orts Costa, Basia van Rijt, Annebel Schijf, Elisa Zampogna|
|Programma||80.000 m2 (gross floor area) working space, 30.600 m2 (gross floor area) underground parking garage|