A building as a bridge
Location: Amersfoort, NL
Client: Schipper Bosch, Amersfoort
Gross floor area: 5.000 m2
Structural engineer: Van Rossum, Amsterdam
MEP engineer: Hiensch, Amsterdam
Urban design: ZUS, Rotterdam
Landscape design: VIC Landscapes, Amersfoort
Contractor: Van Bekkum, Amersfoort
Visualisation: Space Encounters, Amsterdam
Like many former industrial areas once located at the border of town, De Nieuwe Stad in Amersfoort is now a central development opportunity in the meanwhile expanded city. Compared to the neighbouring historical center, the scale is larger and the architecture more straightforward. It’s also located next to the main train station, all excellent circumstances to create high density with respect to the existing urban fabric. Hal6 is one of the existing warehouses, a relatively anonymous building, its long and flat volume being its most distinctive quality and therefore repeated in the new volume that will be build on top.
Technically more a bridge then a building, the new structure stands completely loose from the building below, using seven big steel red rafters. The Nieuwe Stad breathes a certain kind of industrial poetry, non-design which came to be out of mix of economic feasibility, functionality and even lazyness.
True to its context, the materials and details of the new addition are straightforward and its transitions no-nonsense.