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catalogue 3 the work of cepezed


catalogue the work of cepezed

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The architectural sector has undergone turbulent times since the publication of cepezed’s catalogue 2 in 2008. The economic crises and their consequences have had a devastating effect. After the completion of ongoing assignments, many architectural offices could only just avoid, by frantic restraints or course adjustment, a descent into the abyss, but a number of offices were unable to prevent the drop. Even large, renowned offices were hit – they were either decimated or had to file for bankruptcy. Just like every office, cepezed also suffered under the crises. Projects in an advanced state of acquisition or design suddenly stagnated. Clients hesitated, modified their strategy or abandoned their intentions. Investors and users reconsidered their positions, which also had a far-reaching effect. Nevertheless, cepezed has never been as busy as it has been since the crises. The office is one of the few design firms that has experienced only growth in the past few years. This expansion has surged into various channels. First of all, the number of plans and studies has increased radically in the past few years. Although clients have abandoned some projects, they are feverishly exploring other possibilities. The work of an architect is indispensable in this process, and clients know to approach cepezed in such situations. The designers soon make the possibilities lucid. The signature and the style of the office, which couple a modern appearance to major and flexible user comfort, a pleasant climate and high repose quality, are aspects that tempt new and existing clients to consistently reach for the services of cepezed, as does the sustainability of the designs. For proposals and investigations, but also for concrete projects that will certainly be realized and for which space has already been reserved in catalogue 4. Another important reason that the telephone at cepezed is seldom silent is that the office can offer a great deal of certainty. The innovative image that the office enjoys has not been generated at the cost of other aspects of process and result one would like to assure oneself of, especially in unstable times such as these. cepezed has a tight control of planning schedules, budget and quality that is far from common: clients know exactly what they will get from the office, when they will get it and what it will cost. After all, cepezed is primarily a client and user-oriented architectural office that listens attentively to the stipulated requirements, and acts and designs in line with these. Accordingly, the product, process and conditions at cepezed are thoroughly interwoven, and this is one of the reasons why the office is increasingly also entering into fully integrated contracts in which it is responsible for other disciplines such as construction, installations and building physics too. In this volume you will find, besides an extensive presentation of recent designs and realized projects, a number of short essays on the way in which cepezed approaches sustainability, BIM, renovation and transformation, as well as architecture in social and health care. These are all current themes within architecture itself and within cepezed’s order portfolio.

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Westraven office complex, Utrecht, 2007. The atrium is largely climatized by means of air overflow from the offices. Shade fabric, which automatically descends when temperatures rise, forms a naturally ventilated cavity that keeps heat out of the atrium.

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Westraven office complex, Utrecht, 2007. The rudimentarily climatized entrance hall comprises a minimum of materials. The hall is ventilated in a natural way, and the columns of the extremely slender steel construction also encase the air inflow for the air cushions on the roof and in the faรงade.

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wave of sustainability The past few years witnessed the first true wave of sustainability as it washed over the construction industry and most other sectors. Whereas the theme previously enjoyed limited and fragmented attention, the realization that humans must manage natural resources, energy and the environment in a conscious, sensible and thrifty way has increased considerably since the beginning of this century. In the second half of the first decade, the theme of sustainability suddenly arose ubiquitously, and played a leading role in many situations. Besides its idealistic goals and intrinsic necessity, the concept soon became a factor of substantial political, strategic and commercial interest. In the building industry, parties ranging from clients to designers, from consultants to product suppliers, competed to prove their sustainable approaches, and assertions to have realized the most sustainable building in the Netherlands, Europe or even the world were voiced on all sides with great regularity. A plethora of testing and computing instruments arose to measure sustainability – all with their own background and emphasis so that they mostly lacked uniformity and were thus incommensurable. cepezed and sustainability In 2008, amid all this turbulence, the Association of Dutch Architects (BNA) conferred upon cepezed its highest award, the BNA Kubus, for cepezed’s entire oeuvre, partly because the jury explicitly recognized the almost-forty-years-old office as a pioneer in the domain of sustainability: ‘particularly concerning the reduction of material and waste in the building industry and the search for natural ventilation in a building without technical installations.’ The bestowal of the award took place in the erstwhile recently completed cepezed Westraven project in Utrecht, which, also due to its sustainability, immediately attracted much international attention after its completion. On this basis it also won a number of other awards and nominations. For instance, it won the Daylight Award 2008 for the excellent ratio between daylight, artificial light and the other architectonic aspects. Sustainability was an important factor in winning the Nederlandse Bouwprijs 2009, while the project reached the shortlist of the Prime Property Award 2010, a European prize entirely oriented toward sustainable realizations. evident sustainability In the meantime, most of the storm around sustainability has eased. However, this certainly does not signify that sustainability is no longer important. On the contrary, interest in the theme is ongoing and the criteria are now even stricter. The quest has merely assumed a different form and is now accompanied by less noise and commotion. Approaches, technologies, instruments and standards have all developed with the passage of time. In this process, it has become increasingly clear what sustainability does and does not include, which factors are involved and to what extent, and

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Semi-detached houses, Delft, 1990. Entirely industrial, flexible and demountable (IFD) houses with an extremely simple floor package of steel plates with stabilized sand, which satisfies all acoustic and fireresistance criteria. The composite parts are all wholly recyclable.

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cepezed office, Delft, 1999. Compact, lightweight and totally IFD building with a minimum of technical installations and an extremely thin floor package into which all the necessary pipes and conduits have been integrated. The building is exceptionally economical in energy usage.

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the way in which targets may be achieved. Sustainability is no longer a mode or trend but instead forms a self-evident component of every serious building development. Of course, cepezed has participated fully in this evolution. Almost every design that the office has produced for clients with genuine sustainability ambitions currently receives the BREEAM Excellent qualification. Leefmilieu Brussel (Brussels Environment), which is the authority of the Brussels regions in the field of energy and the environment, had to set an example to its own community with its new head office and selected cepezed to create the design, which completely satisfies all the demands of the Passivbau (Passive Building). approach to sustainability To achieve sustainability in optima forma, cepezed follows an approach that combines a number of closely related strategies. First of all, the office develops user-oriented buildings that are pleasant to occupy, are versatile, and have a long lifespan. In addition, the office ensures that as few materials, raw resources, water and energy as possible are used for the realization, operation and ultimate dismantling of the building. The efficient deployment of the resources that are required is a third important factor. Finally, the office makes use of sustainable and renewable sources and elements, so that the cycles of raw materials, water and energy remain as closed as possible during the cycle of realization, operation, demolition and subsequent developments. integral design In addition, cepezed regards an integral design methodology, in which the different aspects of sustainability receive wellconsidered and coherent implementation, as essential for the creation of sustainable buildings. After all, each design choice has direct consequences for diverse aspects of the future building and directly correlates with the building design as a whole. A total ecological approach is not sustainable in the long term if it means that, due to the materials chosen, the building will rapidly disintegrate within ten years. The generation of sustainable energy is hardly useful if the incidence of daylight is minimal within the building. Within the integral design strategy that cepezed advocates, the various design disciplines seek an optimum synergy of all design solutions. These ought to be attuned right down to the finest details, aligning facets such as functionality, fitting and flexibility, as well as the quality and quantity of materials used. The goal is always to create a design offering lifelong durability and resilience, based on a minimum of resources, possessing many transformation possibilities, having low energy expenditure, and providing good opportunities for reuse at the end of the lifecycle. The design team keeps a constant eye on both the costs and the ecological footprint during the realization, operation and dismantling. The construction method is also of major significance in this field.

Close collaboration between all participants, such as the client, designing parties, consultants and contractors, is of the utmost importance to the integral design method. In this, the architect not only fulfils the role of spatial and architectonic designer but also that of general design co-ordinator. user oriented To cepezed, a sustainable building is principally a futureproof building with a lengthy lifespan and the capacity to be used in consistently different ways over time. Accordingly, it must be flexible and easily adapted to changing requirements. The possibilities for change must already be embedded in the spatial and technical structure of the building. cepezed realizes such opportunities by, for example, equipping buildings with a main loadbearing structure without loadbearing walls or faรงades, so that floor areas can always be assigned a different layout at any given moment. Technical installations are always accessible and easily adjusted after realization, while internal or external extensions are equally simple to realize. The minimum maintenance that cepezed buildings require also makes them user-friendly. The designs are founded on a severely limited quantity of building components, each of which consists of robust, wear-resistant materials that do not degenerate with time but preferably become even more attractive instead. The technical installations are also reduced to a minimum and thus also need little maintenance. Furthermore, it is important that the users experience the building as pleasant. The users are the focus of attention and much thought is given to matters such as the incidence of light, spatial differentiation, vistas and the integration of greenery within an agreeable and varied climate. limiting the demand Right from its earliest days, cepezed has directed effort at the elimination of all redundant material and energy use. The office applies materials efficiently and purposefully, thus limiting the demand. It does so by making buildings compact, for example, by giving them a slender and flexibly partitionable loadbearing structure, and by allocating construction components multiple functions, where architecture, constructions, installation technology and building physics are amalgamated into a single indivisible whole. cepezed once coined the term iq/kg for the minimization of the demand for materials in this way. The office reduces operational energy usage by ensuring a favourable orientation toward the sun, an optimum incidence of light, the prevention of overheating by adjustable sunbreakers, and the application of various climate zones and natural ventilation. These are only passive techniques, but they already make a design extremely energy-efficient in principle. efficient systems For the raw materials and energy that are really required, cepezed makes use of procedures and systems that are

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ESIC, Noordwijk, 2011. On the south side of the building, the grass roof forms a buffer against heat and rainwater, the transparent atrium roof allows a maximum incidence of daylight, and a PV-cell strip generates energy for the building. The atrium is largely naturally ventilated.

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ZLTO, unrealized. A very compact design with dual ground use: the offices are situated above a layer for car parking. The atrium forms an important part of the climate concept, while the building is equipped with a double glass skin.

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introduction Zorah Tower, unrealized. This design, intended for a location in the Middle East, makes use of water from the adjoining sea for cooling and heating. The central atrium, stretching from ground floor right up to the roof, functions as a lung: preclimatized air enters the building via the atrium and is distributed via the floors.

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Jinso Pavilion, Amsterdam, 2008. The largely naturally ventilated building has a roof made of air cushions, consisting of four layers of EFTE that jointly form three air chambers. The innermost layers are equipped with a print. The sun and light screens can be regulated by variation of the air pressure in the innermost chamber.

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as efficient as possible. Materials come in a prefabricated state from the factory, where they have been produced in an extremely accurate way and where waste products are immediately recycled. As a result, assembly at the building site can take place rapidly, purposefully, and without much hindrance or waste. All this is in line with the Industrial, Flexible and Demountable (IFD) method of designing and building. For the cooling and heating of buildings, cepezed prefers not to apply traditional air conditioning, but favours water-carrying radiating systems with a low temperature, which consume less energy and generate a more pleasant experiential climate. Apart from this, cepezed’s designs make multiple use of airflows, and they recover warmth from used ventilation air.

many buildings with a geothermal installation. The current challenge is to tighten up the various cycles so that fully energy-neutral buildings can be realized which require no external energy amenities, which even generate a surplus of energy, and which are economically responsible, preferably CO2-neutral, during their entire lifespan. The technology for these aims already exists – everyday practice in the building industry still has to catch on.

renewable sources For both the generation and the operation of buildings, cepezed also applies readily renewable and/or emission-free sources and elements, thus creating optimally closed cycles. Residual products from one cycle are used as input for another. For the user-oriented energy demand for cooling, heating, lighting etc., the office makes use of environmental sources such as the sun or the wind, for example. cepezed has also realized a series of buildings with a facility for heat and cold water storage underground (geothermal system), and a recent building even makes use of energy generation on the basis of arable material (bio-energy). In the domain of water management, the various waterflows within a building system can easily be reused. For instance, after filtration, household water is fine for flushing toilets, and the waste from vacuum toilets can easily be converted into biogas that can be used for the provision of hot water for example. For the reusability of materials, cepezed distinguishes between two cycles: the high-quality cycle and the ecological cycle. The first cycle includes materials such as glass and steel, of which cepezed makes frequent use. Although these materials require relatively high energy-intensive production, they can be recycled simply and unrestrictedly, without loss of quality. For example, more steel is recycled annually that all other materials taken together. Materials such as (FSC) wood, cellulose, flax and wool, which are fully renewable, fall under the ecological cycle. Waste serves as input for the new product. Depending on the technical requirements that an element must meet, cepezed chooses from one of the two cycles. Hybrid construction products are also conceivable: for example, cepezed devised sandwich panels filled with cellulose whose constituent ingredients are completely recyclable. This harmonizes well with the cradle-to-cradle approach of William McDonough and Michael Braungart. toward energy-neutral buildings For a long time now, cepezed has been well versed in efficient systems and the limitation of demand. In addition, the office has applied many divergent solutions in the field of renewable sources. For example, it has integrated vast surfaces with photovoltaic cells in its designs and provided

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3-D visualizations from a Building Information Model of the Medical Centre Alkmaar in Heerhugowaard. The upper picture shows the positions of all departments and main functions in the building in relation to one another. The second picture displays which type of spaces have been accommodated where (such as treatment rooms, auxiliary functions, etc.). The third picture shows the origins of the programme components within the building; such as the Programme of Requirements for example, the Regional Expansion, technical services sections, supplements from expert meetings, etc.

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bim as necessity A development that has rapidly come to fruition in the past few years is working with BIM, the Building Information Model. Bimming has become a common verb in the construction world in a short space of time. Especially in the public sector, clients currently demand working with Building Information Modelling as a conditio sine qua non; those who lack the expertise or facilities are no longer serious candidates. diverse software A building Information Model transcends the drawing and framing work of a building design, which was the regular procedure until recently, and functions ideally as an overarching total system in which all building-specific information of a project is stored and is made accessible via a variety of filters in a multitude of sortings and combinations. The vast majority of drawing work within the model is threedimensional. A Building Information Model can be created by means of various software programs, but the most frequently used and most suitable is Revit by Autodesk, which also functions in many respects as the most modern successor to the two-dimensional program AutoCad by the same manufacturer. The program can be used by the architect, the builder, and the technical installations consultant. applications and possibilities Hypothetically, the possibilities of BIM are practically infinite. For example, a Building Information Model lends itself to the generation of various types of visualizations, to simulations of design solutions and consequences, to accurate cost calculations, and to automated clash controls between designs originating from different disciplines. In theory, the various consultants can even work simultaneously within one and the same model, thus creating their production in parallel and attuning the products to one another. In addition, all kinds of information concerning the project planning can be integrated in a Building Information Model, the model can function as an important means to reduce the cost of failure due to the unambiguous and non-redundant information, and it may possibly, in a wholly worked-out version, even replace the entire building contract document in the long term. After completion, a Building Information Model can contain all kinds of practically useful information with regard to, for example, facility and installation management within a project. bim in real-life practice To some, there are almost religious aspects attached to the BIM cult. They see the Building Information Model as the panacea that rids the sector of all nasty and occasionally destructive ills and makes everything optimally efficient, functional and comprehensible to everyone. Some scepticism should be exercised here. BIM should not be regarded as a cure for all ailments. Although there are almost no limits in abstract terms, reality is always somewhat more rigid. Regardless of how you approach it, designing is a human activity and no single method can serve all masters at the

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Co-ordination of the various design disciplines in the draft design stage of the Medical Centre Alkmaar; the issue of the various channels from the vertical shafts generally forms a crucial point of concern.

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Studies performed with the aid of a Building Information Model investigated the direct incidence of sunlight into the atrium of the Medical Centre Alkmaar at various times of the day. Among other things, the study serves as the basis for the application of sun and light screening measures, as well as for the evaluation of the incidence of daylight into the adjoining areas.

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same time. A Building Information Model is only as good as the way in which people make models, as good as the information that is entered, as good as the structure that people give to this information, and as good as the specified possibilities for tracing and combining. All this is human activity. Moreover, the incorporation of all available information is not efficient – at least not yet. For certain types of information, it requires more time and effort than it ultimately saves. Working with BIM also demands a great deal of the present-day architect. He/she must not only be a good spatial designer but must also possess 3-D insight and an understanding of building technology as well as a working knowledge of data management. Although developments are occurring rapidly, no one – including the software itself – is wholly equipped yet to deal with all the potential facilities of BIM. integral perspectives Besides the fact that use of BIM – stimulated by real or imaginary opportunities – forms a substantial demand from the market, the perspectives that it provides harmonize well with the style of integral designing that cepezed has been promoting for decades. The office makes abundant use of the possibilities that the methodology has to offer, and consistently attempts to optimize yields. Prior to the implementation of BIM processes in everyday practice, cepezed had already formulated a number of well-defined targets. information database Apart from the optimization of 3-D drawing work, cepezed’s main aim with regard to BIM is to manage the information database behind the model as well and as completely as possible. After all: when the data are consistent, this will automatically bring all the benefits of other functionalities and facilities. Many of the possibilities within BIM – perhaps as-yet hypothetical or only rudimentarily developed – stand or fall with the integrity of the data management. Only when the data are fully in order and can be approached and combined via logical filters and structures does it become easier to manage matters such as controlling the diverse building elements, performing real cost calculations, generating simulations, rendering visualizations etc. The input of only relevant data precludes redundant information and therefore errors and contradictions in the output. It remains important to monitor carefully the way in which the information influx actually takes place and can best be structured. In the first projects, cepezed did not begin right at the bottom by drawing within a Building Information Model, but worked ‘backwards’, as it were. For its own routine, cepezed defined the criteria that the output had to meet, after which examination was performed to establish what is really necessary for this. The required actions were thus directly construed from selfimposed achievement targets. Thus, beginning at the final stages of the project, the office now works with BIM from an increasingly earlier point in the design process.

virtual building One of the most important features that one must take into account when designing within a Building Information Model is that three-dimensional drawing is linked to measurements, volumes and positions. In BIM, the classical two-dimensions have been replaced by elements and objects with physical proportions that not only have a different graphic representation but can also be furnished with all kinds of supplementary information such as demands with regard to fireresistance and sound-proofing, a diversity of other technical specifications, and matters such as colour and materialization. In this process, the element itself functions as the information bearer. In a certain sense, designing becomes virtual building. Only with components where a 3-D processing is too laborious or even dysfunctional are 2-D ‘stickers’ with supplementary information added. development of methodology Where many other designers often purchase BIM working methodologies from the software supplier, cepezed is constantly busy refining its own working methods. It is developing its own materials and elements library, setting up its own templates, and even generating its own add-in tools. library The expansive 3-D library with standard building elements offers cepezed little support, because the office scarcely makes use of the most common components. Within cepezed architecture, existing components often cannot meet the requirements in terms of function or achievement. In other cases, they are too specifically oriented toward a certain (type of) use. For this reason, cepezed is busy creating its own library with often project-specific designs or modified products that can serve as a basis for new projects and can also be further developed in these. developing functions ourselves In conjunction with IT specialists, cepezed is also developing its own add-in tools, oriented to very specific use. After all, Revit does not provide all the required functionalities, and some actions are simply too laborious to perform manually through a whole model. Most tools are directed toward the consistency of the data, such as when an add-in finds modifications and works out the consequences, carries out code checks, or adds conditional labels to certain types of elements. An important self-developed instrument is that of the room boxes, which transforms programmes of requirements (briefs) into scalable 3-D objects to which information can be linked. This information increases and can be further specified as the process advances. Accordingly, designs with very extensive and complex briefs are easy to manage and to make lucid. The crux of all tools and processing actions is that the diverse data within a Building Information Model are not

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Virtual building in a 3-D Building Information Model harmonizes well with the integral and industrial working method used at cepezed. Besides size and position, every construction segment refers to various other features. A good mastery of the underlying database enables tight control of quality and costs.

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stand-alone, but are actually a part of a relational database: a modification of one aspect at one location may have consequences for a variety of other aspects at several other places. Everything is interconnected. Revit itself provides access to the relational aspects of the database, but cepezed’s self-developed add-ins really boost practical usefulness and applicability. In addition, the add-ins have been designed in such a generic way that designers using another methodology or workflow can also deploy them. acquiring and sharing knowledge Dovetailing with the ever-further development of its own methodologies and tools, cepezed also gives its own inhouse training and organizes workshops in which employees can actively share knowledge and keep their expertise and competences up to scratch, partly with the aid of self-developed video films. For the entire co-ordination of all matters in the field of the Building Information Model, cepezed has a fulltime BIM manager who also plays a prominent role in the Netherlands Revit Group, contributes to international user manuals, and organizes international Revit meetings.

aims in the long term The further development of co-operation and the integration of disciplines is one of the most important BIM aims for the long term. Another but closely related challenge is the optimization of the version management, which is extremely complicated, certainly with larger and more complex projects, and certainly when a multitude of actors are working within the same model at the same time. The functioning of the Building Information Model as a substitute for the construction contract document lies within the foreseeable future; the information that the models currently contain, however, is often not sufficiently complete and would require important supplementation in order to function as a contract document. The same applies to the functioning of a Building Information Model as the basis for the eventual building management. With its pragmatic approach, cepezed is consistently exploring every possibility, skilfully making use of what already exists and actively contributing to new developments and investigations.

co-operation within bim As stated above, a Building Information Model also offers excellent opportunities for co-operation and the integration of various design disciplines. Theoretically, all consultants can be simultaneously busy designing within one and the same model. However, reality is slightly more inflexible. First of all, not all designing parties have sufficient BIM knowledge and expertise at their disposal. In addition, the use of BIM is certainly not always more efficient and functional in presentday practice; sometimes it is even completely the opposite. Nevertheless, cepezed has already realized various projects in which the constructor and the technical installations consultant, for example, have generated their own models on the basis of a model developed by cepezed, and have later tested the different models against one another by means of a clash control. For optimum attunement with several projects, all the different aspect models have been merged to form one aggregated total model. At present, cepezed is designing in conjunction with a constructor for the first time within a single model. determining the detailing By now, cepezed has completely designed and realized a number of different projects with diverse functions, typologies and degrees of complexity, with the aid of three-dimensional Building Information Models. The detailing of these projects has also been wholly worked out within these models. The 3-D visualizations give the measurements and positions of the building elements, while extra information with regard to the finishing and fixing is available via 2-D viewports and 2-D stickers.

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Westraven office complex, Utrecht, 2007. Purposeful interventions in the existing high-rise block generate a maximum effect. Large voids provide light, views and orientation. The existing window-cleaning balconies support the textile second-skin façade that screens off wind and sun, and also gives the building an austere horizontal articulation.

Grote Markt, Sint-Niklaas, 2005. The approach aiming at a maximum effect from a minimum amount of radical intervention can be very productive in the comprehensive revitalization of thoroughly run-down urban situations.

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The Netherlands embassy, Rome, 2007. A new façade of CorTen steel gives the existing building new élan while simultaneously solving building-physical problems. A completely revised layout prevented the need for relocation.

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obsolete building stock Many older buildings currently suffer from lack of occupancy. Their former functions have lost their raison d’être and/or the premises no longer meet present-day demands in terms of allure, user possibilities, experiential and repose quality, and energy usage. revitalization In the consideration of what should be done with these premises, motives such as costs, sustainability, and historical or architectonic value play a role. A new life for existing buildings is often both more cost-efficient and less of an environmental burden than demolition combined with new construction. Revitalization also means the retention of the characteristic history of the site, so that the past lives on in the present and the tissue of time develops in a more organic way. In addition, smart reuse of obsolete construction that is still in operation can prevent the necessity to create accommodation and, in doing so, prevent new lack of occupancy. For this reason, renovation, transformation and re-zoning are becoming increasingly relevant. The Bond van Nederlandse Architecten, BNA (Association of Dutch Architects) even states that re-zoning is the most important new assignment in the building industry. multi-faceted approach, simple interventions The problems of obsolete buildings are generally not solved by implementing a modest revamp. They require a more comprehensive, multi-faceted approach that tackles the various issues in all fields mentioned. In this framework, cepezed seeks to apply a minimum number of extremely purposeful interventions that simultaneously generate solutions for diverse issues, thus ensuring a maximum effect for each intervention. The aim is to substantially improve – by means of only a few simple interventions – the allure, the user and repose qualities, and achievements in the domains of building physics and energy. thorough analysis Reuse requires a smart approach to existing construction. A comprehensive analysis of all features, peculiarities and conditions, along with an all-inclusive inventory in the field of the architectural, building-physical and installation-based condition of the building, will provide insight into the opportunities and limitations of an existing building. Aspects that cepezed examines in this context are the organization of the building as a whole, the relationship between the loadbearing structure and the spatiality, the materialization, state and orientation of the façades, the dimensional ratios of the various building components, the existing routing and traffic flows, and the relationship between openness and closedness of functions and spaces. The incidence of daylight and other health, climate and experience-related questions also deserve attention, while the harmonization of the building with the surroundings must be dealt with as well.

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Pinas, Den Helder, 2003. Harmony in contrast. In terms of materialization, the new and the existing constructions display a strong contrast but they do harmonize in height, dimensioning and volume.

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Brabant Halls, Den Bosch, 2005, and Audax Textile Museum, Tilburg, 2008. The new construction of the Brabant Halls formed an abstract backdrop to the existing monumental building. The craftsmanship of the existing Textile Museum is reflected in the refined details of the new construction.

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The wide-ranging inventory of the existing situation not only prevents unpleasant surprises at a later stage but also helps one grasp the essence of a building and often automatically generates leeway for refreshing renewal concepts that can realize maximum effect with a minimum of purposeful interventions. Existing features form the basis for interventions that issue from the building itself, self-evidently as it were, and have an effect on the organization of functions, the routing, the climate system, the perception and the allure of a building. Modern additions can underline the distinctiveness and the autonomous value of the existing building. minimum erasure In the conversion of existing buildings, whether they be historical or monumental, many parties tend to go too far in the erasure of, and intervention in, the existing situation. This not only reduces the authentic character of the premises but also often leads to unnecessarily high costs and suboptimum functionality. Of course, sometimes it may be essential to renew certain elements precisely in order to retain others. For example, in the conversion of an historical bonded warehouse building in Rotterdam into a modern multifunctional complex, cepezed replaced all the floors, and as a consequence was able to retain the characteristic cast-iron loadbearing structure. power of the extant In cases of renovation, reorganization or re-zoning, cepezed always takes the current situation as its point of departure. The office retains, or even reinforces where possible, the elements that still satisfy requirements, or are characteristic of the location. It also closely examines the way in which specific features of the existing building can be optimally used in the design for new use. In the transformation of the Gebouw 51 former ships’ carpentry workplace in Den Helder into an entertainment centre, cepezed made grateful use of the constructive overdimensioning needed for a heavy-duty crane in the building. As a result, no extra construction was needed for the insertion of cinema auditoriums on a new storey. redefinition of features It is occasionally necessary to redefine features that are problematic in terms of construction or building-physics, for example, and to be inventive in converting disadvantages into advantages that support the new type of use. For instance, the existing window-cleaning balconies of the Westraven office block in Utrecht initially formed a problem during the renovation due to the thermal bridge they formed with the building. Basic thermal measures ensured that they could be retained, and as such, they could function as an important constructive component for the lightweight textile second-skin façade that, in turn, now functions as a sunbreaker, as wind-proofing and aesthetic element. added value Of course, another important feature of transformation is the new value it brings to a building. In older buildings, there is

generally much to be gained in the realm of allure, incidence of daylight, orientation possibilities, spatial diversity and indoor climate. In this context, too, simple interventions can often serve several goals at the same time. A glass strip in the roof contributes to a better experiential climate and a more agreeable perception of the building, and reduces the need for artificial lighting. The incorporation of an atrium within an existing structure enhances spatial differentiation and thus makes a real contribution to the perception of the building. Moreover, it often also improves the orientation possibilities, while the intervention can also play a major role within a renewed climate concept, making a building more compact so that it incurs less thermal loss. A new, modern façade, mounted on an existing one that is dysfunctional and nonaesthetic, solves building-physical problems and assigns a building a whole new appearance. ‘Opening up’ the building, or making existing structures transparent, may well upgrade the functionality, improve the orientation possibilities, reinforce the spatial perception, and strengthen the distinctiveness of the original situation. layout and user quality An important item in the reuse of existing buildings is the renewed layout and functional user-quality. The mutual positions and the connections between functions ought to be straightforward and unforced, the buildings should have clearly structured traffic routes, and lifts and points of elevation must be incorporated spatially and technically/functionally in a logical and strategic manner. Occasionally it is better to insert simple modern additions instead of making extreme interventions in an existing situation. For example, in the bonded warehouse building in Rotterdam, transparent glass points of elevation were installed on the historical façades instead of cramming new – and necessary – staircases and lifts into the existing structure. On other occasions, an existing building may already possess a strong and comprehensible structure with corresponding routing, of which productive use can be made. On yet other occasions, the existing structure may be so vague and complicated that one should not hesitate to make a truly radical intervention in order to create a wholly new layout. One example of such a dramatic reorganization is the Dutch embassy in Rome, where cepezed converted a labyrinth of a building into a cogent spatial configuration with lucid traffic flows. A powerful strategy is to organize a building in different types of user zones with good mutual connections. The aim is to end up with a maximum of functional, aesthetic and user-friendly results from a minimum of resources and interventions. dovetailing new construction In cases of extensions and additions to new-construction sections, these ought to dovetail with the existing building segments in various respects. cepezed positions new-construction in a strategic, organizational and structure-reinforcing way. It should also be openly legible within the composition of the newly created entity, as well as generate new user

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Recent plan for the ASR building, Utrecht, unrealized. This design, too, is directed toward gaining maximum added value from a minimum of interventions, where the characteristics of the existing construction have been re-employed. Augmenting the top of the existing stepped structure leads to spectacular new spaces. Removing the existing bays from the heart of the building generates much extra daylight. A list of options offers various gradations of improvement to the building.

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opportunities and retain existing characteristics in an optimum manner. This often results in powerful, clear-cut volumes that issue in a self-evident way from the existing surroundings and arouse new, impressive, composite spatial experiences. Besides spatial and aesthetic aspects, old and new must dovetail both functionally and logistically. cepezed ensures that levels and additions fit together in a pliant and transparent way. harmony in contrast Dimension, scale, height, volume, articulation and detailing are all aspects that play a role in a good fit between new and existing construction. Sometimes an optimum fit in these aspects lies precisely in the contrast with the original construction. At cepezed, this is certainly the case with regard to the allure and materialization of new-construction components, for which the office favours modern solutions. This has preference over a forced reconstruction of a historical atmosphere with present-day resources. With clear mutual distinction, old and new do not obstruct one another, but rather come into their own. A harmonic contrast is created and the result is more than the sum of its parts. The interaction between old and new also lends itself to new typologies beyond standard solutions, and thus stimulates the development of exciting, interesting buildings.

To meet the demand for energy after the drastic reductions based on the above-described measures, the generation of sustainable energy within the project itself can offer a solution. In this context, one can think of geothermal applications, photovoltaic cells or solar boilers, and generation by means of a biomass station. multi-applicable approach cepezed has already applied its approach to renovation and transformation to a variety of existing buildings, ranging from industrial heritage to classical-modern office buildings. But this approach can be applied to an even wider spectrum. For example, it is also suitable for the large quantity of houses and commercial buildings dating from the seventies, eighties and nineties of the previous century, which now require upgrading. As cepezed demonstrated earlier, the approach aiming at a maximum effect with a minimum amount of radical interventions is very fruitful too in the comprehensive revitalization of badly run-down urban situations.

sustainable and rewarding climate There is often mention of a somewhat oppressive monoculture in existing buildings, not only in spatial and functional terms but also in the context of climate. In addition, the energy component is increasingly determining the price of accommodation. A good and well considered energy and climate concept is therefore one that pays off in all respects. A broad palette of possibilities is available for the improvement of the current situation. One important measure for dealing with obsolete buildings is the upgrading of the faรงade, whether that may involve complete renewal by installing a modern veneer wall or, for example, by placing modern frames bearing high-quality insulated glass. Wall heating is also a real option in some cases. When high-quality occupation has to be realized in a permanently harsher climate, a box-within-a-box construction may be considered. The replacement of obsolete installations with modern ones that are more efficient and economical can also make a significant contribution. For instance, it is more comfortable and effective to heat and cool a building by means of a low-temperature water-carrying radiator system than via the traditional air-conditioning systems. An integral climate concept in which the technical installations are reduced to a minimum, the building has various climate zones and is largely self-ventilating, and air overflow from smaller spaces heats larger spaces such as atriums, is very favourable for both climate comfort and energy usage. For renovation and transformation projects, cepezed also developed, in conjunction with other market parties, a decentral installation unit that provides the important advantage of local and individual climate regulation within a building, as well as a minimum of transport losses.

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The integration of greenery can take place by incorporating secluded inner courts with a landscape layout, so that many people have a view of the vegetation. It can also be achieved by adopting substantial green elements into the building itself. The set-up and building structure must always be transparent so that people do not go astray in a labyrinthine structure.

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amended regulations Regulations in the healthcare sector have changed drastically in the past few years and now put, on all fronts, much more emphasis on the workings of the market and self-regulation. With this, the funding structure of healthcare real estate has also undergone a dramatic shift. The realization of healthcare buildings is no longer subsidized by the government. Instead, the institutions themselves must organize their own funding. This demands a more commercial approach than previously, one in which not only aspects such as the long-term usability of buildings and concepts such as the total cost of ownership suddenly play a major role, but also the allure of a building becomes more important than it used to be. After all, the perception of a building also makes a significant contribution to the quality and the image of a healthcare institution. new opportunities It is self-evident that all adaptation to new circumstances involves challenges. But it also offers plenty of opportunities. In the old set-up, healthcare architecture was generally realized within a relatively closed market with a limited number of players and disproportionately high thresholds. The institutions were often troubled by a number of important deficiencies such as user-unfriendliness, problematic layouts and restricted flexibility. The new system opens up possibilities for freer choice in various areas and thus also for the introduction of a new ĂŠlan within healthcare real estate. attractiveness of cepezed In this context, cepezed appears to be an attractive partner. For decades the office has demonstrated unorthodox, useroriented approaches in both a spatial and building-technical sense, and has repeatedly proved itself to be capable of rapidly realizing large, complicated, high-quality projects within the given budgetary margins. This is a feature that is greatly valued throughout the entire building sector, and certainly at this time in healthcare where the complexity of projects and processes is proportional to the necessity for short throughput times. The flexibility of cepezed buildings also has an exceptional power of attraction. The use of healthcare buildings is a dynamic process and entails a continuous redefinition of spatial requirements. basic rules for healthcare architecture Based on the most up-to-date knowledge regarding the relationship between architecture and health, an analysis of a broad range of existing buildings, and the general architectural view of the office itself, cepezed has formulated a number of basic rules that healthcare architecture ought to fulfil. These are closely related and consistently focus on the people making use of the buildings. In this context, the office devotes attention to the patient, visitor, the medical staff, and the way in which these different user groups undergo the various (healthcare) processes. The starting points appear to be evident, but apparently they are not quite as evident as they seem, in view of the situation in many existing healthcare

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Plan for a new NKOC in The Hague, unrealized. The configuration in various small-scale interconnected pavilions gives a more pleasant perception than a single large, monolithic volume. Staff, patients and visitors are all given their own efficient routings.

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CHDR, Leiden, 2013. The building has a lucid zoning of functions as well as a large degree of spatial differentiation. It was entirely generated with the aid of a Building Information Model.

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buildings. Obviously, important architectonic principles are lost time after time in the logistic complexity of the healthcare puzzle. cepezed aims at the realization of healthcare construction in which architecture and commercial operations form a harmonious entity and do not impede one another. In addition, the vision of the office is directed toward the healthcare building as a facilitator of future changes and toward high-quality construction at maximum construction speed. incidence of daylight One of the most important premises in cepezed’s designs for healthcare buildings is that there should be an abundant incidence of daylight everywhere. Ample daylight is not only something that the office has been pursuing for many years in all kinds of projects (for instance, the Westraven office complex won the Daylight Award in 2008), it is also a scientifically established factor within a patient’s healing process and general welfare: daylight strengthens, both physically and mentally. But daylight is also good for visitors and medical staff alike. Workplaces that are well provided with daylight repeatedly prove to be more productive than working locations with little or no incidence of daylight. view View is a second element of crucial importance. This, too, is an aspect that is woven into practically all cepezed architecture in a self-evident manner. It also displays a measurable effect on the welfare and healing process of patients. Those who feel themselves closed in, and thus seem to lose their window on the world, also relinquish a significant part of their vitality. At the same time, a view contributes to feelings of safety, protection and involvement; people are not screened off from the world but are an active part of it, even within the building. A view also supports the experience of freedom and of inner space; people feel less oppressed or propped into a building. Indoor sightlines are equally important; long vistas within a building have a similar effect. Visual perspectives contribute to a pleasant feeling at many spots: for the patients, in waiting rooms and repose areas, for the medical staff and other employees, at their various places of work, and for all types of users, at places such as the ends of corridors. orientation Good orientation within a healthcare complex is closely related to light and sightlines, as well as to a lucid and comprehensible building layout with a clearly recognizable structure. Patients and their loved ones are often in diverse degrees of stress and uncertainty due to the illnesses being treated. Occasionally this stress is so overriding that it causes a deep feeling of confusion and general perplexity. A well-designed building can offer support and provide a counterweight by being transparent and easy to grasp, despite the often large scale of the complex. It can bring composure to know exactly where one is at all places and all times.

spatial experience An also directly-linked item is that involving spatiality and spatial experience. While light, vistas and transparency each already importantly contribute to the experience of spatiality, spatial differentiation in the shape of various levels of scale and a diversity of spatial forms also constitutes an essential ingredient. Designing space is by definition an important task of the architect, but to a major extent, the efforts of the healthcare architect must be directed towards surpassing the pure logistics of an optimally efficient programme and realizing a varied and fostering spatial experience as well. fresh air Fresh air is another ingredient that makes an essential contribution to a pleasant, user-friendly healthcare building. Often healthcare buildings exude a stale and stifling atmosphere that does not contribute at all to an agreeable stay or smooth recovery. Good air conditioning and natural ventilation where appropriate and/or contact with the outdoor air contribute significantly to the creation of a curative environment. Wards and bedrooms in hospitals can easily be equipped with windows that can be opened. individual impact Research has consistently indicated that those who can influence their direct surroundings in a building feel better, more comfortable and more autonomous. Individual influence can be realized in various ways within a building: in the field of temperature regulation for example, the extent of ventilation, or the degree of privacy at specific locations within the building. For users of healthcare buildings – patients, visitors, staff – various measures can be taken in this domain. integration of greenery The proximity of vegetation and nature is also an aspect that has a demonstrable influence on one’s perception of a building and the corresponding experiential quality and patient recovery. Various approaches within current healthcare theory, such as Healing Environment and Planetree, emphasize the stress-reducing qualities of nature and green facilities. The integration of nature into a patient’s experience of a healthcare amenity can be realized in various ways: by a good view of adjoining woods, gardens or park for example, or also by the inclusion of inner gardens or other substantial green elements in the building itself. separate functions and routings Within many existing healthcare buildings, the circulation areas accommodate a diverse mixture of patients, visitors, medical staff and other employees. All the different user groups mingle randomly. Although the patient accommodation and the strictly medical sections are clustered together, they are often tightly interwoven. cepezed strives to create a layout that separates in a lucid way the diverse functions within healthcare buildings, as well as the routings for the various types of users. In this framework, it is also important

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A study of the layout of the patient rooms in the Medical Centre Alkmaar, which is to be newly built, with single bedrooms as the point of departure. Careful consideration led to positioning of the bathroom cells between the rooms instead of in the corridor area, as is normally done. This makes the bays deeper, so that more light can penetrate into the heart of the building. The total structure becomes more transparent, while the traffic routes do not become less efficient.

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The prefabricated bathroom cells for the Medical Centre Alkmaar dovetail nicely with the technical installations. Plug-in elements on the ceiling of the bedrooms can function in that configuration.

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that each user type has to travel only short distances and as infrequently as possible. This approach not only benefits the general functionality and efficiency of the healthcare process but also contributes to the perception of the building, in which the various users experience the zones allocated to them as their own. In addition, this structure has substantial buildingtechnical advantages: building segments equipped with highly technical apparatus and installations are thus easy to detach from places that require technically less complicated facilities. optimum flexibility Healthcare processes and their associated spatial requirements are locked in a course of continual change. Healthcare buildings resemble cities: construction or renovation is always taking place somewhere. To facilitate use that is as multi-faceted and changeable as possible, it is therefore important to make the buildings as flexible as possible within a fixed basic structure. This can be done by, for example, the application of a main loadbearing construction with a small grid size and without loadbearing walls, so that reorganization of the building layout at fine-mesh level can be realized easily and with limited interventions. A spatial typology that is easily expanded also makes a major contribution to flexibility. Optimum use of prefabricated components and industrial building techniques not only shortens construction times but also generates possibilities for later modification. For instance, sanitary units can be manufactured somewhere else so that they only need to be inserted and connected on the site itself. Large reconstructions, of MRI units or operating theatres in hospitals for example, can take place without inconvenient disruption of internal processes if the faรงade is locally demountable and sufficient free space is available around the building.

frank and open Even when one sets out with previously established principles, it is important to maintain a frank and open view, and to continually ask why people do or design things in a certain way. Only in this way is it consistently possible to transcend the standard solutions and to deal creatively and efficiently with all the specific demands and preconditions of an assignment. Where normal doors are common, for example, the deployment of sliding doors may enable the insertion of smaller sanitary units, which makes a considerable difference in the number of square metres, material and budget in a large-scale building like a hospital. When these doors can also be easily opened without having to use your hands, the wards and bedrooms do not need to have washbasins because the nursing staff can use the washbasin in the sanitary cell without risk of contagion. This also makes a notable difference in space, material and costs. An extra-wide corridor on the nursing wards, with functions such as reception desks and daily stock supplementation in the central zone, not only introduces dynamism and spatiality to the section, but also shortens the lines of communication, thus ensuring more efficient use.

well-considered installations Healthcare buildings are normally equipped with a high density of complex installations and medical apparatus. The functional layout tends to change regularly, so that a large degree of flexibility is needed. Accordingly, particularly in the case of healthcare buildings, it is vital to devote special attention to the installations and technical layout. It is advisable not to incorporate installation facilities in the interior walls as a matter of routine, but to organize them in expressly designed modular gutters and panels that ensure that they are always easily accessible and can be altered without having to disturb the basic structure of the building. In this context, the interior walls function only as interior walls and are easy to relocate, just like the installation panels. An installation organization that facilitates maintenance and adaptation at a fine-meshed level is also sensible: when the installations can be approached at segment or component level, the surrounding functions or floors have as little hindrance as possible from temporary dysfunctioning.

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For a lengthy period, the Westraven office building in Utrecht was a heavy, closed and stuffy colossus that was on the verge of being demolished. The eventually preferred revitalization aimed at reflecting the modern values of user Rijkswaterstaat (department of Public Works): openness, transparency, professionalism and sustainability. The proposals advanced by cepezed harmonized best with this goal. The high-rise section, accommodating more than 27,000 m2, was stripped down to its concrete skeleton and equipped with five enormous voids that introduced much daylight and spatial experience into the building, and also contribute to good orientation. The new façades are largely made of glass to allow a panoramic view and abundant incidence of daylight. Sections that can be opened enable natural ventilation. A secondskin façade of mainly teflon-coated fibreglass mesh prevents wind nuisance, functions as a sunbreak, leaves the view intact, and also forms an aesthetic component that imposes a strongly horizontal articulation. The renewed climate system consists largely of project-specific climate ceilings between the concrete floor beams. At the foot of the high-rise, an extension measuring 23,000 m2 contains five triangular office wings that offer a view of the adjacent canal to as many rooms as possible. The triangles are linked at the basis by means of an efficient traffic aorta and at the rounded tips by a large, encompassing conservatory in which the spaces between the wings have been roofed over with transparent material. With a water basin surrounding it, the complex in embedded in a park-like environment of around 3,000 m2. The ensemble has a great variety of sustainability-related aspects. In addition to the second-skin façade and climate ceilings, there are also underground warmth and cold storage, concrete core activation in the new-construction floors, a division into various climate zones, and a series of integrated design solutions that are not only aesthetic and functional, but are useful in terms of material saving as well. Westraven has been nominated and has received many prizes for both its architecture and its commitment to sustainability. Various leading lights from the Dutch world of construction have referred to the project as one of the most successful in the Netherlands in the last few years. Elco Brinkman, chairman of Bouwend Nederland (Dutch Construction and Infrastructure Federation) has stated: ‘Everything fits perfectly: the situation, the comfort, the energy use. This kind of project demonstrates that quality pays.’

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client ministry of foreign affairs the hague

The Netherlands embassy in Rome was seated in a richly decorated urban villa, built in Renaissance style in 1929, and flanked by a vaguely similar but vastly less-detailed extension dating from a few decades later. In the course of the years, the premises had undergone several renovations, but had become somewhat run-down and ready for a radical revamp. Partly because Italy is a country of design and culture, the client could easily justify the high level of ambition present in this project. It was a splendid opportunity to demonstrate what the Netherlands is capable of in the field of architectonic design. In addition, aspects such as functionality, pragmatism, transparency and a modern environment were taken seriously into account. Because the Renaissancistic building contained many original details, it was deemed appropriate to restore to its former glory. With a modern COR-TEN steel shell around the extension, cepezed has attempted to realize as great a contrast as possible between the older and newer building segments. The main building can now be viewed in its full grandeur against the abstract background of the steel. Moreover, the rusty metal harmonizes well with the stone pines in the surroundings. On the inside, the building had no particularly striking details and actually suffered from poorly organized logistics and lack of orientation. For this reason, the interior was stripped down to the concrete skeleton and allocated a new, radically revised organization oriented toward light, transparency, spatial clarity, and good mutual communication between the units. As a result, there is little difference between the interiors of the two premises. On all floors, the offices, work stations and meeting rooms have been grouped around a central traffic and repose area that allows the possibility of spontaneous encounters. On completion of the renovation, the head of cultural affairs exhibited abundant enthusiasm: ‘The building is a pearl, and all my colleagues share this opinion. Besides it being a pleasure to work here, it is also a feast for the eye.’

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At the expiry of a previous rent contract, software giant Microsoft wished to move to a more central location at Schiphol (Amsterdam) airport. At the same time, the company committed itself to a far-reaching implementation of the New Work-paradigm. In the meantime, Schiphol Real Estate saw opportunities in a large complex for multi-tenant use. The partners found one another in the development of The Outlook at Schiphol Centre, directly opposite the head office of the Schiphol Group. Partly because the realization had to take place rather rapidly, cepezed was called in to design the building. The complex, providing more than 64,000 m2, was built in two stages and has an open, light and pavilion-like atmosphere, spacious free height on each storey, and extra-wide office bay measures with a minimum of columns. The main structure consists of a series of alternating longer and shorter bays. Two subterranean layers and the plinth of the building contain the car parking areas. The storeys can be freely partitioned and are mutually connected by large voids and representative staircases. The flexible and efficient layout gives Schiphol Real Estate the opportunity to capitalize on the individual spatial requirements of diverse tenants. To aid rapid construction, all technologically complicated elements such as lifts, stairs and shafts are centred in an elongated central zone. Specially designed faรงade elements, around sixteen metres in length, also made an important contribution to a smooth implementation of the project. The new Microsoft office is now internationally regarded as an ideal example in the field of new working practices. Every week the company receives large groups of people who are interested in the benefits of this new style, which, besides offering a better balance between work and private life and a corresponding decline in absenteeism, also ensures a CO2 reduction of more than thirty per cent, requires fewer metres per employee, and enables almost forty per cent fewer flights as a consequence of improved web and video conferencing. For the past three years, since occupying The Outlook, Microsoft has been top of the list of Great Places to Work, the organization that publishes an annual study of the confidence, pride and pleasure within organizations.

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The European head office of the Japanese sports clothing and shoe manufacturer ASICS was situated in an obsolete and stuffy building in Hoofddorp. The company wished to improve the functionality and the perception of its accommodation. cepezed designed a new, modern building on the local Taurusavenue, in the direct vicinity of the station and the exit roads. The new building is explicitly no flagship of the brand. In contrast, it has a modest character. The accent lies on efficiency, effectiveness and a pleasant experience on the part of the users, who largely consist of the staff and visitors mainly from the retail branch. The office has an open atmosphere with modern, studio-like workstations and presentation rooms in which the Japanese identity of ASICS can be recognized due to, among other things, the application of natural materials in the interior. Another major feature is the healthy and sporty working environment. Partly as a consequence of the centrally situated atrium, the building enjoys great incidence of daylight while use of the lift is discouraged by an invitingly positioned, ongoing cascade stairway. In addition, the building is equipped with gyms with showers, and the canteen serves only healthy food. The building is situated directly adjacent to the sustainable TNT GREEN Office designed by Paul de Ruiter, and seeks as much synergy as possible with this building, while maintaining its own identity. In this way, the buildings form a unit in the landscape and they both make use of a bio-warmth storage system by means of which they can supply their own energy for heating and cooling. The ASICS office has a horizontally articulated faรงade of strip windows and light-grey enamelled glass. There is a semisunken car park under the building, with space for more than hundred cars. The building has a direct view of the Geniedijk, which is a component of the historical Stelling van Amsterdam (Amsterdam Defence Line) and is on the UNESCO world heritage list.

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Brussels Environment is the governmental authority in the field of sustainability in the Brussels-Capital Region. In 2013, it will move to one of the largest and most important urban renovation areas of the Belgian capital, the Tour & Taxis zone on the Havenlaan. In view of the fact that the authority issues decrees on ambitious sustainability policies, its own accommodation ought to function as a high-flying national and international example. The building is characterized by a compact volume with stepped setback floor areas under a convex and largely transparent roof. A central atrium serves as a continuation of the adjoining square that accommodates the large-scale historical buildings of the Royal Warehouse and the Shed Halls, which have recently been renovated and now house offices, restaurants, design retail, and cultural events, among other functions. The two lower storeys contain a visitors centre covering ecological themes, an auditorium, a media library, a conference room, and a restaurant. The ground floor contains a laboratory whose transparent walls offer visitors a good view of the tests and analyses that Brussels Environment performs. The offices are situated above the public spaces, from the third storey upward. A prominently positioned, ongoing cascade stairway connects to open galleries and encourages people to take the stairs instead of the lift. The new Brussels Environment has been designed according to the norms for passive building. The faรงades have a relatively small surface area and are well insulated, partly as a result of the triple-glazing in a thermally interrupted faรงade system. The glass offers good sun-resistance in the summer and is combined with external sunbreakers that react to heat load. Individual cavity adjustments to the faรงades also help prevent overheating in the summer. A minimum of mechanical ventilation and concrete core activation in the floors, connected to warmth and cold storage in the ground, also ensure that the building satisfies the passive criteria. The atrium plays an important role in the technical-installations concept, in as much as the heat that it absorbs is reused. It also makes an important contribution to the transparency of the building.

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client ovg rotterdam

Danone, the international foodstuffs company of French origin, now wishes to concentrate its diverse R&D activities, previously spread across various European countries, at the Science Park in Utrecht. This Park is rapidly developing into the focus of scientific research and knowledge-intensive activity in the field of Life Sciences. In the new building, more than four hundred employees will devote their endeavours to researching medical and baby food. The programme contains various elements, including a pilot plant, laboratories, offices, storage capacity, a conference centre, a cafe and a restaurant. The design is directed toward creating an open, dynamic and inspiring environment with high comfort and a great degree of functionality. It provides much spatial diversity with long sightlines, so that users can orient themselves easily within the building as well as enjoy the numerous internal and external views. The main structure consists of a quadrangular ground plan with two slanting sides, in which two large cut-outs function as atria. As such, the building has three main bays. A gallery with air bridges that span the atria is a part of the logistical routing on the storeys. In addition to long vistas and a varied experience, the spatial structure also guarantees diverse and efficient use of space, in which the floor areas can be freely partitioned. A so-called ‘plaza’ extends across a substantial part of the first storey and also contains the floors of both atria. A skybar functions as an extension to the plaza underneath. The double-height plinth is entirely transparent so that the building acquires an inviting allure and also offers a view of the activities within. Above this, the building is horizontally articulated in an alternation of dark façade bands and high, frameless glass strips. In line with cepezed traditions, the design is based on a strongly rational pattern and is wholly being realized with the aid of prefab construction elements. This is one of the reasons why it has achieved a BREEAM certificate of excellence for sustainability.

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client am / du prie bouw & ontwikkeling nieuwegein / leiden

Heerema, the Dutch company involved in designing, building, installing and transporting diverse facilities for the offshore industry, had been seeking a new head office for some time. cepezed created an enthousiastically received design for a desired parcel along the railway line in Leiden. For various reasons, however, this was not realized. Conceptually, the building is compiled out of different subvolumes that form a whole and fit seamlessly within the contours of the parcel. An eight-storey rectangular volume with a chamfered end on the Plesmanlaan side contains the parking facilities. The parking decks are connected via slopes that form a rounded distension corresponding to the contour of the parcel on the Schipholweg side. Another rectangular block, at a slight distance from this parking volume, houses the office functions. This volume is taller than the parking block and the upper storeys overhang the lower block. The ends are characterized by three-storey-high spaces with an appropriate programme, such as conference rooms, lounge, meeting spaces and canteen. The roof of the parking volume functions as a terrace for the office block. Between the parking and the office building is a core with the vertical transport and access/safety amenities. A wedge-shaped volume is positioned against the offices, in the ‘armpit’ between the office volume and the parking slopes. This contains an atrium that stretches up the entire height of the building, with the office floors partly extending into this area. Bordering on the atrium, they recede step by step, from the bottom upward, thus forming a terrace-like configuration in which a cascade stairway has been included. This makes a strong vertical link between the floors and also generates a large degree of spatial perception. Because the parking functions are not under the office but next to them, people can park next to their own work place. This is a rare luxury, certainly in the case of inner-city offices. By organizing the parking vertically, instead of horizontally in the lower layers, the plinth of the building remains available for a gallery where company exhibitions, for example, can be held.

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client kwr watercycle research institute nieuwegein

KWR Watercycle Research Institute is a renowned research institute in the field of water and water cycles, which develops expertise and makes it accessible to various (international) organizations such as drinking water companies, regional water boards, local governments and trade and industry. At its location on the Groningenhaven in Nieuwegein, the development of a new office to replace the old one will start in 2012. cepezed was commissioned to design the building. The draft design is strongly interwoven with, and makes maximum use of, the surrounding landscape. The building is elevated more than a metre above ground level, thus forming a light, open and transparent pavilion on a plateau. To form a pleasant exterior space and effective sunbreaking, the upper side is equipped with a wide awning. The pavilion itself is mainly made of glass, which ensures that, to the users, there is an optimum link with the surrounding greenery of the landscape. The structure of the building largely consists of two generic bays with a depth of twelve metres. These have no loadbearing walls and have a gross storey height of four metres. This structure means that every conceivable combination of laboratories, offices and shared functions, such as consultation areas, muted rooms, brainstorm sections, discussion rooms, project team areas and suchlike, is possible. The bays are connected by means of passageways and footbridges. Between the bays, a stepped atrium forms the beating heart of the building. This is a place where people can converge, work and consult one another, as well as drink coffee and eat in the canteen. The restaurant on the ground floor, on the south side of the building, can be closed off from the rest of the atrium and, as such, can be used multifunctionally, as a large conference hall for example. The other functions can be accessed via a separate route and therefore are always reachable. Car parking is done among the greenery, so that members of staff can take a small stroll through the landscape every morning. The bicycle-parking facility is sunken under the path. The pavilion has a vegetation-covered roof that seems to extend into the interior via the central, stepped atrium, so that nature almost literally thrusts into the building. In addition, the design displays a series of integral sustainability measures, formulated simultaneously with the building design, which harmonize with the aims of the KWR. Of course, the design process is also oriented toward the development of optimum water management.

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client dr. ing. h.c.f. porsche ag stuttgart germany

After a number of less successful years, in the late eighties car manufacturer Porsche appointed Dutchman Harm Lagaay as head of the design department, and recalled topman Wendelin Wiedeking to the company soon afterwards. These two extremely capable managers streamlined the design and production, ensuring a major increase in sales and restoring success to the company. The new Êlan also had to be translated into dealer architecture, for which the new Porsche Zentrum Zuffenhausen in Stuttgart, the home base of the company, was to form the blueprint. The cepezed design that won the international competition has been regarded as the standard for the architectural Porsche Corporate identity since its realization in 2000. Based on this client centre adjoining the Porsche factory, hundreds of branches of the prestigious car brand have now appeared with the same design. The sober but high-quality allure expresses the perfection of the Porsche product. Form, technology and imago dovetail flawlessly. Besides a showroom, the building contains offices, garage workplaces and warehouses. Because the completely glass façades of many present-day car showrooms are actually too banal for a stylish brand as Porsche, the twelve-metre tall elevation has largely been implemented as a smooth, closed, stainless-steel skin with the same undercooled perfection as the cars inside. Only the plinth has been implemented in glass. The curved façade profile integrates the building in the urban context in a self-evident manner, while simultaneously echoing the well-formed contours of the sports cars inside. Carefully detailed, the centre has been formed in austere, lucid lines without superfluous decoration, but with a fascinating power of attraction that evokes a yearning to see what is on offer inside. In doing so, the centre primarily communicates the feelings linked to the Porsche brand. The building and the product do not compete, but complement one another in a natural way. In the daytime, the cars receive daylight via large window strips in the roof, so that they look exactly as they do out on the street. In the evening, under artificial light, the dark floor and rear wall of the showroom generate a dramatic effect, which makes the cars even more exclusive and desirable. On the basis of this project in Stuttgart, Porsche also commissioned cepezed to design the Cayenne factory in Leipzig.

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client van wijk printers oostzaan

Van Wijk, printers to the Royal Household, occupied premises in the centre of Oostzaan when the municipality expressed an intention to redevelop the location. In the same period, control of the family firm passed on to the following generation and Ruben van Wijk, the new director, wished to uphold the company tradition that every successor realizes new accommodation. Having been impressed by the building that cepezed designed previously for Anker Printers in Lelystad, he asked the office to draw up a design for his printing company. The new building was developed and realized by cepezed projects and Bouwteam General Contractors – firms allied to cepezed. In terms of design and materialization, the building is akin to the construction on the adjoining Het Bos Oostzaan industrial estate, which cepezed projects also developed in collaboration with Piet Boon. Van Wijk Printers is again a good example of the way in which an elegant and stylish commercial building can be realized with a relatively limited budget. The elongated rectangular building is divided into three bays. The central zone is a double-height structure, and accommodates the printing hall and the corresponding preproduction, with these being separated from one another by a transparent wall. In the adjoining strip, offices, the technical installations area, and the storage space are laid out on the ground floor. Above these there are yet more offices, the archives and the canteen on a gallery running along the printing hall and preproduction. The third construction bay is separated from the other two and contains the goods dispatch section of the printers as well as a number of two-storey commercial units that are used by third parties. Despite the simplicity of form and materialization, the premises radiate a sense of self-evidence and allure, which lies primarily in the careful and refined detailing. The façades have a vertical articulation of alternating glass and matt-black strips, in which the latter are equipped with a refined profile. For the assembly, special armatures and angle sections have been developed, which ensure that the glass, the sandwich panels and the corner finishing consistently lie in the same plane. They, too, have considerably contributed to the construction speed. Various facilities ensure low energy use.

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client het bos oostzaan delft/oostzaan

The renowned interior designer Piet Boon was seeking new accommodation for his studio. In the meantime, cepezed projects, which is primarily oriented toward high-quality corporate accommodation, recognized an opportunity at an Oostzaan industrial estate along the Amsterdam circular, the A10. The parties combined forces and initiated Het Bos Oostzaan, a development with four multi-tenant corporate buildings that form an attractive unity, to be realized in four phases. The design was generated by cepezed, in co-operation with Piet Boon. The first section has now been realized and accommodates, besides Piet Boon Global Headquarters and allied divisions, nine corporate units measuring between 250 m2 and 850 m2. For the main part, the building has three layers. It is wedgeshaped with a faรงade that follows the curve of the parcel on the broad north side. The central zone is unbuilt at ground level, so that visitors and users can park under a covered section. The Piet Boon showroom lies at the point of the building on the ground floor. Above this are the studio and offices of the interior designer. A protruding volume of glass and concrete containing the entrance, lift and stairs for this section of the building, is situated on the south-east side. The northern building segment is reserved for the commercial areas distributed over the floors. These can be hired separately or in combination. The elevations are vertically articulated in an alternation of transparent and closed sections. The closed parts consist of sandwich panels with a subtly screen-printed high-pressure laminate exterior finishing that contributes to an extraordinary appearance and allure. The west faรงade partly consist of a screen with vertical, wooden louvres. At ground level, the parking area is situated behind this. At the spot where a cutout has been applied, halfway along the building volume, the screen also functions as a protective wall for the roof garden to the rear on the first storey. The building has been allocated a sustainable climatization system that works on the basis of a geothermal source with a heat pump, which ensures low operational costs and an independence of energy price developments. The second building in the Het Bos Oostzaan was completed in the last months of 2011. The realization of the third and fourth buildings is already underway.

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client trs transport cooling noordwijk

TRS, a company specialized in silent and energy-saving transport cooling systems for trucks and containers among other things, previously occupied various premises in Katwijk. A new company building in nearby Noordwijk now forms the central accommodation that combines all business segments. The building has been set up as a single elongated and rectangular volume that is partly double-height and partly occupies two storeys. The layout is based on a grid of 5400 mm, ideally suited to an overhead door or truck. Longitudinally, the building is divided into three main segments. The first eleven modules comprise a double-height assembly workplace along the access road, the Scheysloot. Along the provincial road opposite, this segment contains a two-layer strip that contains the assembly workplace and the offices, and facilities such as pantries, toilets and the archives. The following three module bays form a two-layer strip that cuts laterally through the volume. The ground-floor level contains the warehouse, the office of the assembly workplace, and the entrance for the workplace employees. The first floor contains the changing rooms and washing places, the canteen and a large roof garden. The last four module bays are of double height and are now primarily in use as storage locations. The offices have exterior faรงades made completely of glass. The other faรงades are made of black profile steel. In a perforated variant, the steel has been extended along the entrance patio and the windows on the ground floor. On the roof garden, a windscreen of gauze has been applied to the faรงade surface. A translucent top strip above the closed faรงade sections allows a generous incidence of light into the workplaces. For extra daylight, the zone where the assemblers implement their tasks is equipped with an elongated light strip in the roof. The building has various facilities for a comfortable and energy-saving indoor climate. In addition, it is also extendable both internally and externally. In the building section that now serves as storage space, it is easy to insert an extra floor area of more than 200 square metres, while the building grid can easily be continued on the available ground adjoining the present building.

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client nl development the hague

The Dutch municipality of Noordwijk is primarily known for the presence there of the European Space Research & Technology Centre (ESTEC), the largest branch of the European Space Agency (ESA). To retain auxiliary activities, especially in the long term, and to create a vital infrastructure for this purpose, the municipality has initiated the Space Business Park, a business estate entirely devoted to knowledge-intensive, mainly aviation and space-travel-related companies. The European Space Innovation Centre (ESIC) is a collective corporation building on this park. Sustainability, flexibility, an industrial allure and an above-average price-quality ratio were important starting points in the design process for this building. The floor areas have a U-shaped form and recede in stages under a curved roof. The heart of the building accommodates a transparently roofed atrium, extending to an external terrace. It contains communal amenities such as informal consultation spots and a small restaurant, and contributes to the possibility of chance meetings and synergy in the building. To discourage use of the lift, the main stairway, bearing steps of extruded aluminium, has been invitingly installed in a central position. Much glass in the faรงades and in the internal walls contributes to a general sense of spatiality and transparency, as well as more interaction between the different companies. The design, constructions, climate facilities and buildingphysical aspects have been comprehensively integrated. In this process, the various advisors made intensive use of a three-dimensional Building Information Model (BIM). To support sustainability and efficiency, the building has a minimum number of technical installations. Ventilation takes place by means of an overpressure system integrated in the steel construction, which impels the air from the various units into the atrium. Here, a heat-exchange pump collects the energy from the air before it is released to the outside world. The thermally active steel-plate concrete floors maintain a comfortable temperature in the building. Other examples of integrated solutions are the rainwater drains concealed behind the opaque faรงade strips and an alternative fire-safety concept in which the entire building is regarded as one large fire compartment. The steel construction of the atrium roof is also a runner-guide construction to the sun-breakers there.

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client pas reform hatchery technologies zeddam

Pas Reform Hatching Technologies is a major international player in the field of brooding technology for the poultry sector. Among other things, the company supplies a great variety of components for brood machines. The new building in Doetinchem is intended purely for the transfer and distribution of these components. For this reason, it has an extremely straightforward, efficient set-up. Nevertheless the very modest budget has been put to use in a manner resulting in unusually high-quality allure. Basically, the building consists of a single large, sober volume of more than 50 by 88 metres, in which the south-east corner also accommodates a two-storey volume around six metres square. An office space has been laid out on the ground floor of this part, with a company canteen on the upper floor. The toilets, changing rooms and shower are also situated within this inner volume. The unit has an extremely thin roof and floor package in which all the technical installations are integrated. The main volume has a slender steel construction of which the sectioning grid is based on the dimensions of regular pallet racks. Frame girders enable large roof spans of more than 25 metres. The central zone houses only five 200 x 200 mm columns. The first 25 metres from the entrance of the building are even completely column-free. Two overhead doors allow access for trucks that have to be loaded or unloaded alongside within the building. These are coated with the same plating as the faรงades and, in a closed position, lie in the same plane, so that an unbroken elevation image is generated. For trucks that are loaded or unloaded in the regular way, the building has four dock shelters that are also embedded in the elevation surface. The faรงades mainly consist of insulated inner boxes with an external finishing of black-coated sheet piling. At the corners these have been mitred and the seams have been sealed with kit, which makes a smart impression. The whole concrete floor surface of almost 4,500 m2 was cast and finished without expansion joints in a single day. A water piping system has been included in the structure and connected to a heat and cold storage installation. In the meantime, a start has been made on the design of an extension that is approximately just as large as the building just completed.

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client rotterdam-rijnmond police rotterdam

The Veilingweg complex alongside the Rotterdam northern ring road A20 has been used by the Rotterdam Rijnmond Police for many years now. At present, it is undergoing largescale renovation, modernization and expansion. The complex does not have a public function, but contains office, archival and storage space, a large canteen and an auditorium. It also provides accommodation for car parking, and sports and training centres for both theoretical and practical professional skills. The redevelopment has concentrated on sustainability on various fronts. For example, much use is made of existing qualities, the buildings can be flexibly partitioned, and stacking and multi-ground use have made it possible to create extra green zones on the terrain. Due to the fact that the renovated complex has been designed to be as compact as possible, and the former fragmentation of functions has been limited, the operational lines are as efficient as possible. Good orientation possibilities have been generated by means of well-considered vistas and the inclusion of a clear and transparent transport aorta. The more confidential zones within the building have been grouped in a functional way, and are well screened off from the more open functions such as the canteen and the auditorium. The stairways have been invitingly positioned so that their use is stimulated and people are discouraged from using the lifts. The climatization is divided into zones, and depends on the nature of the use of the space. This makes a substantial difference to the installation requirement and, in an extension of this, in the amount of energy consumed, the necessary maintenance, and the operational costs. A large part of the installations have been accommodated in a separate volume on the east side of the complex, so that they do not cause any nuisance. Firescreens and safety limits have been combined wherever possible, which offers spatial benefits and also saves on material. Parts of the complex are allocated a roof made of large elements that can be installed in one operation, including interior and exterior finishing. The external terrain is largely only half-hardened, which is useful for the drainage.

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client municipality of tilburg tilburg

The Textile Museum in Tilburg is one of the few Dutch museums still in operation in its original function. When the organization recognized that there was an imago problem and, moreover, indicated a wish to further develop into an institute of knowledge and expertise in the field of textile, it asked cepezed to formulate a plan for expansion and renovation. The completed version now attracts much public interest and has truly put the museum back on the map. The renovation of the historical textile factory that accommodates the museum is characterized by reticence. cepezed took as its starting point the strength of the existing features and the retention of all characteristic and typical elements. The interventions were primarily oriented toward the building physics, good logistics, the installation of a number of facilities and the introduction of a number of new functions, such as a foyer and a museum shop in the former damask-weaving section. The expansion had to provide a number of new functions as well as giving the museum a recognizable appearance. To realize this, cepezed did not consider an addition in the style of the existing building, but rather made an explicit choice for a modern construction that is very distinct from the original structures. Strategically positioned at the end of the building, it consists of a striking, abstract and almost scale-free glass building with a remarkable steel construction that has been left entirely open to view. Within this, it seems as if a second, smaller volume, geared to functions such as meetings, gatherings and education, is suspended freely in space. Behind the damask-weaving section, cepezed has also realized an archive storage section for the Regional Archives, with which the Textile Museum has now merged. This section also has an abstract appearance and forms a totally closed volume that stands as a treasure chest on steel portals above a historical exhibition building. In the refined detailing of the new-construction parts, cepezed reflects, with modern means, the craft with which the existing building has been realized. By means of textile applications in the ceilings and installation facilities, among other things, the office consistently refers to the textile background of the museum complex.

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client sojin holding amsterdam

When the Heineken Music Hall and the Pathé mega-cinema appeared on the Amsterdam Arena Boulevard adjoining the existing metropolitan structures, the Municipality was successful in interesting the owner of the modest Jinso Pavilion to increase the scale of his restaurant by means of a highquality expansion. The entrepreneur in Asian food asked cepezed to formulate an expansion for the original pavilion that the office designed ten years ago. The original building consisted of a two-floor elongated volume measuring eight by twenty metres. The new building comprises a twelve-metre tall and 30 by 43 metres large transparent glass oval around the original construction. It produces an enormous feeling of spatiality. On the ground floor, the main volume has been drawn in by two metres. The first floor consists of a gallery more than four metres wide. The renewed Jinso Pavilion contains fully climatized bar and restaurant functions. The façade and the roof are extraordinary elements. The façade consists of cold-bent insulated glass that has been curved and placed on the site with the aid of suckers. On the ground floor, three quarters of the façade can be opened by means of a facetted folding wall of which each separate part has a different radial. Three stability crosses have been included in the façade, two of which are situated at the heads of the oval. These locations are also used for the situation of the stairs. The roof is more than two-and-half metres high, and consists of eight large air cushions assembled on a finely detailed steel construction of facetted delta beams. Each of the cushions consists of four layers of EFTE, with three air chambers per cushion. The EFTE has been printed with a pattern so that sun and light resistance can be regulated by means of changes to the pressure in the inner chamber. The air supply to the cushions is integrated in the construction. The paving of the boulevard continues on through the pavilions. Due to the fact that large flower and plant pots have been cast in the floor, the bamboo planting has been naturally and self-evidently included in the pavilion.

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The pavilion is naturally ventilated by means of ventilation facilities in the plinth and eaves. The faรงades consist of cold-bent insulation glass, while the roof comprises EFTE cushions that also function as a sunbreaker by means of a print on the walls of the inner air chambers. Large bamboo bushes have been directly incorporated into the floor area.

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client n.v. maatschappij tot exploitatie van industriegebouwen ’s-hertogenbosch

The Brabanthallen (Brabant Halls) in Den Bosch were once built as the largest roofed-over complex for livestock trade in Europe, and are now entirely oriented to trade fairs, congresses and diverse events such as pop concerts and sports competitions. In an early phase, cepezed formulated a development vision for the whole complex, and the office designed the radical restructuring, restoration and expansion of the trade fair and event section. Now the office has transformed the monumental Heusden-Alterna Halls, which date from 1931, and the corresponding entrance building, into a modern congress centre equipped with the most advanced amenities and facilities. 1931 Congress Centre Brabanthallen covers approximately 8,000 m2 and comprises three large congress halls that, with the aid of a flexible partitioning system, can be combined in various configurations. Smaller groups or sub-groups can make use of the pavilions placed in the halls like a box within a box. These are also equipped with all modern presentation and meeting facilities and can also be flexibly partitioned to cope with changing usage. The front area of the halls functions as a foyer and reception area. The spacious entrance building, which has not been used for years and contains the former warden’s house, includes the restaurant and the café. The existing basement has been further deepened and rearranged, and now contains the scullery and the preparatory kitchens. All areas have abundant incidence of daylight. For this purpose, the authentic, pointed skylights have been renovated. Much attention has also been paid to good acoustics. With large meetings, all visitors must be able to follow events clearly, while simultaneous events should not experience nuisance from one another. Acoustic facilities have been included in the ceiling finishing, consisting of profiled and perforated steel plates, in which the sprinkler system and the lighting have also been integrated. The installations have been restricted as much as possible, and, inasmuch as they are present, they are oriented toward flexible use. The installation casing has been has been tucked away under the built-in pavilions, while the air-treatment units have been installed out of sight on the roof of the new construction section.

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client municipality of westland westland

In 2004, municipal reorganization led to the genesis of the Municipality of Westland, which included the formerly independent towns of De Lier, Monster, Wateringen and Naaldwijk. Immediately after the formalization of this status, tensions began to arise around the necessity and location of a new town hall for all the joint administrations and administrative functions. Proponents and opponents were powerful and vociferous. The choice of an architect for a council hall on the Verdilaan in Naaldwijk was somewhat chaotic, but ultimately in 2008-9 the Council, the governing structure and the population opted unanimously for cepezed. ‘The cepezed design harmonizes best with the municipality’s requirement to have Westland’s identity symbolized in the town hall’, according to municipal councillor Weverling. ‘Sustainability, dynamics, transparency, quality and social encounter form the backbone of this plan.’ Above a car park with 500 parking bays, the design specified four mutually connected, drip-shaped volumes encompassed by a transparent skin along the Verdilaan that constitutes a large, open public hall. The hall forms a continuation of public space, which makes the town hall low-threshold and accessible. The building is lower on the town side, and is equipped with an exterior area with water features and a walking promenade. Accordingly, the new town hall occupies its position in a natural and graceful manner and realizes an effortless leap in scale from the low rise on the one side to the future high rise on the other. It does not place emphasis on its own mass, and displays high repose value. Striking green facilities, in, on and around the building reflect the Westland identity. The council hall has a view of the historical church, while the elevated public square looks out upon the town centre. However, the town hall has remained a topic of political turbulence, partly due to the existing urban master plan and the operational costs of the location. cepezed contributed to a possible solution with significant quality improvements and inventive possibilities for drastic cost reductions, but a change of municipal council has nevertheless caused the project to falter at an advanced stage.

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client municipality of vlaardingen vlaardingen

Many Dutch Town Halls are now rather out of date. That is also the case with the Municipality of Vlaardingen, which opted to realize a new building. This would combine the three existing locations, would be a more sustainable complex, and would lead to lower energy and maintenance costs as well as improved user-friendliness and service. The historical Town Hall on the marketplace would be retained as an administrative centre. After various preliminary rounds, the Municipality selected three architectural offices to create a draft design, subsequently selected one of these, but then abandoned the venture prematurely and is currently considering reuse of the existing building. The plan drawn up by cepezed is not only directed toward a pleasant, inviting Town Hall, but also toward an improvement of the spatial situation. It does not connect the old and the new building above ground, as the other plans do, but creates space for a free passage between the two building sections by means of an underground link at ground level. This generates air and space, preserves the view of the historical Town Hall elevation, and constitutes a public square that extends into the new building section. The plan also restores the faรงades in the surrounding area, so that clear, attractive and lively streets, without recesses, grungy crannies and rear elevations are realized. Characteristic lines of trees have been retained and extended alongside the new construction. A green promenade has been incorporated into the roof of the transparent and flexibly partitionable new volume. This fits in well with the structure of the curtain of trees, similar to those at the church and the marketplace, and gives the roof both repose quality and an attractive appearance. The various functions of the new construction dovetail with the features of the surrounding streets. For example, the Municipal Services Desk, a part of the canteen and the Municipal Information Centre harmonize with the Waalstraat, which has the character of a shopping street. The Library lies on the more tranquil part of the Westnieuwland. In spatial and organizational terms, the new construction and the administrative centre form a powerful unit. In volume and fineness of detail, they match completely, although the materialization exhibits strong contrasts. In this way, both building sections have a solid individual character and are seen at their best.

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client ontwikkelingscombinatie overhoeks the hague

In 2009, the Netherlands Film Museum fused with the Netherlands Institute for Film Education, the Film Bank and Holland Film to form the EYE Film Institute Netherlands. To replace the projection halls in the Vondel Park Pavilion in Amsterdam, the organization will move into new accommodation on the northern shore of the River IJ in 2012. For a location nearby, cepezed drew up an architectural competition design for a collection centre with space for the currently widely scattered collection, the library, the study centre and the conservation facilities. For optimum functionality and self-evidence of use, the diversity of the programme has been translated into lucid simplicity. The repository sections and the other functions such as the offices, the studio and the public functions have been clustered together and separated. The last-mentioned have been accommodated in a transparent plinth that stretches upward, fronting the ground and the first floor. The depots form a separate closed block of insulated boxes that have been slid into a constructive rack above the open plinth, where they are easily reachable via vertical accesses along a gallery. Detached, box-shaped elements, which contain functions such as the viewing cabins, the presentation hall and studios, have been housed in the transparent plinth. This facilitates the retention of large, open floor areas for the study, work and reading units, as well as the insertion of a number of voids. The massive depot block rests upon the transparent plinth and is spanned on the exterior by an almost seamless silvercoloured fabric that refers to the silver screen. In this way, the depot is not only an autonomous volume but also forms a duality with the plinth of the building, above which the block seems to float, without scale. The design is completed with the front faรงade directly on the street alignment of the Asterweg. On the other three sides the building is surrounded by a mirror pond that extends at the ends as far as the parcel boundaries. An animated picture is generated due to the fact that the two-storey plinth is completely transparent, and the building and its surroundings are directly interrelated. In the meantime, another client will probably realize another museum depot at the same location, of which EYE will also make use then. If this project is actually started up, cepezed will also create the design for the new building.

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The Hague nurtures the ambition to be Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018. To achieve this much-desired status, the Municipality has set up a studio under the supervision of former museum director Wim van Krimpen. The studio has investigated the cultural strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of the city, and formulated the first strategic plans. In the report Recht op Cultuur (‘Entitled to Culture’), which the studio presented in the summer of 2009, an important role has been ascribed to various temporary platforms that will embellish the city for a period of a year. A striking temporary theatre, designed by cepezed, will rise on the Malieveld, close to the entrance to the city, and thus function as a major eye-catcher and public attraction. This platform will be a modern-day version of the Colosseum in Rome, the most famous example of a Flavian amphitheatre, and should be able to accommodate around 5,000 people. The construction comprises steel scaffolding, spanned on the exterior with a reproduction of M.C. Escher’s Metamorphose. Performances and concerts, as well as trade fairs and exhibitions, can be held inside. The Hague is the home of the International Court of Justice, and Bono, the frontman of the pop group U2, has been mentioned for the Nobel Prize for Peace on several occasions. Accordingly, the singer could give acte de présence in the city on World Peace Day (21 September). When the Municipality cancelled the construction of Rem Koolhaas’s M-building next to the Central Station in 2010, city councillor and former alderwoman for culture Marieke Bolle proposed the Hague Colosseum as a temporary fill-in on the site.

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client municipality of helmond helmond

The once so successful Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek in Helmond went bankrupt in the crisis years of the 1930s, after which the buildings were consistently and simultaneously used by various parties. The complex has undergone many changes in the course of time. For example, the characteristic hipped roof has vanished and a part of the complex was recently destroyed by fire. Nevertheless, it still forms the most noteworthy industrial heritage of Helmond. From 2013 onward, it will become a cultural hotspot, with a pop platform, a filmhouse, exhibition space, catering facilities and workspaces for companies in the creative industry. cepezed has created the design, aiming at a modern, far-seeing and recognizable culture cluster. Due to the poor technical state of the various building segments and the great vulnerability of the type of brick used in the main building, the decision was taken to apply solutions that reflect the original factory in an abstract play of forms. The former hipped roof will be reinstated, but with a presentday and light-hearted appearance: the materialization will be in stainless steel with a minimum of detail. The faรงades of the main building have been painted several times and are very vulnerable. Restoring the building to its original state is expensive, time-consuming and also entails a great risk of rising damp. Accordingly, after local restoration, the faรงades will be given a treatment with white Keim, a mineral paint that adheres well and provides a large degree of protection, durability and colourfastness. In combination with the new stainless-steel roof, this gives an almost ethereal image that can nevertheless always be recognized as the cacao factory. An extension dating from the 1920s is currently in very poor state and will be replaced by modern new construction for the creative industry, with the existing faรงade along the waterfront being reused, thus determining the image of the building. The original main building, in conjunction with the extension, forms a U-shaped inner courtyard in which the pop stage and the central foyer are accommodated in a new-construction volume. For the acoustic divide, the incidence of daylight and spatial perception in the newly formed ensemble, this volume is situated at some distance from the base of the U-shape.

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client shipping and transport college rotterdam

The Shipping and Transport College in Brielle was overfull and required an extension. cepezed developed a cost-efficient add-on for practical and theoretical education in the process technique department. The building was designed as an elongated octagonal two-storey volume. The upper floor is double height and houses a trial factory with measuring and regulating equipment, to which surrounding industrial enterprises made important contributions. Four classrooms occupy the ground floor. The space between the original building and the new construction has been roofed over, so that a multifunctional, non-climatized interior space was generated at little cost. The steel skeleton of the building is based on the construction grid of the original building. The floor of the trial factory is capable of accepting heavy loads, and has also been made fluid-tight for the eventuality that it may be subject to a change of use. The factory is equipped with a control unit measuring 40m2 that is suitable for ten people and stands detached in the space. Stocks can be stored on the roof of the control unit. The interior walls of the classrooms can be freely positioned so that the size of the areas can be arranged as required. Large opening doors enable the classrooms to be interconnected, so that, for example, fewer supervising staff are needed during exams. On one long side, the classrooms look out on surroundings with lots of green. On the other side they have a wall of translucent glass that allows the incidence of light but screens off the adjoining, newly created interior area. Sandwich panels close off the end façades of the new block completely. By means of a sophisticated assembly system, the closed sandwich panels and the ‘open’ glass façades are attached to the load-bearing construction in exactly the same way. Construction was thus made rapid and straightforward, which helped keep down the costs of labour. Due to the modular set-up and an industrial construction technique with the aid of prefabricated materials, further expansion can easily be carried out at a later date.

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client ovg rotterdam

The campus of the Vrije Universiteit (Free University) of Amsterdam is undergoing major development. In the coming years, various new buildings will rise there and the campus plaza will become a central meeting place with a landscapelike layout and high experiential and repose quality. cepezed drew up a plan for a building of more than 31,000 m2 with educational functions, laboratories, offices and commercial space. In a later stage, within another procedure, the project was transferred to another architectural office. The design consists of two elongated bays connected by an atrium under a transparent concave roof. Anticipating intended direct abutment, the bays are oriented in an eastwest direction, which restricts mutual peeping-in and also ensures that the north bay looks out over the De Boelelaan, while the south bay has a view of the as-yet bare campus square. Between the bays, a wedge-shaped atrium guarantees sufficient incidence of daylight in the dense architectural context and also makes an important contribution to the spatial perception of the area. The two construction bays are linked by overhead bridges, and the storeys by staircases, elevators and lifts. The floor of the atrium is stepped, which leads to a constellation of varying sky plazas and thus to a large degree of spatial diversity. The two-storey plinth has been realized with transparent materials, which offers an inviting allure. On the south side, the building functions as an extension of the campus square, as it were, while a good view of the ulterior campus square can also be gained from the De Boelelaan. In this way, the building forms a sheltering connection between the outer and the inner side of the campus. In the layout of the building, account has been taken of the various types of use and atmosphere; after all, it is a multiuse building with, on the one hand a lively, effervescent and inviting ambience, and on the other, a function as an oasis of tranquillity, concentration, contemplation and knowledge transfer. The convergence of these contrasting qualities can be readily realized by means of a well-considered layout and building-physical implementation. The faรงades of the upper storeys have horizontal articulation with a powerful allure that harmonizes with the articulation of many other buildings on the VU grounds.

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client centre for human drug research leiden

In the mid-1990s, cepezed designed an eye-catching company building for the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR), which tests the (side) effects of medicines. Despite the construction of an extension, the firm began to burst at the seams. Adjacent to the existing premises, a new building arose on the Bio Science Park in Leiden, where cepezed also realized various accommodations for other pharmaceutical companies. The new building consists of a volume measuring 22.5 metres by 34, with eight layers above ground and a subterranean car park. Parking also occurs partly on the surrounding terrain and at ground level within the contours of the building. From front to back, the building is divided into three unequal strips. The foremost strip along the Zernikedreef contains the entrance, reception desk and a modest auditorium on the ground floor. Above these are the meeting rooms and offices, as well as the testing areas and a roof garden with greenery. The central strip is an amenity zone with toilets, two completely transparent lifts and two linked cascade staircases that also function as emergency exit. In the case of fire, the staircases are separated by a fire-resistant curtain that descends automatically. The strip at the rear contains the canteen with fronts that can largely be opened, a high-care zone, a research laboratory with a pharmacy connected to it, a darkroom and various storage and freeze facilities. The top floor consists of sleeping places for long-term stays and a corresponding living room adjoining the roof garden. The loadbearing construction consists of a slender steel skeleton combined with hollow-core slab floors. The faรงades have been implemented fully flush: on the north side they are made completely of glass and on the other sides they have horizontal articulation of alternating strip windows equipped with sections that can be opened, and sandwich panels with a white enamelled glass exterior plate. A solar panel heats the boiler water, while, for heating and cooling, the building is linked to a district heating system covering the entire business park, which, in turn, is connected to a geothermal heat storage system. For the CHDR design, use was made of an integral Building Information Model, by means of which the various consultants could efficiently dovetail their designs.

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client centrum reuma & revalidatie rotterdam rotterdam

The Centrum voor Reuma en Revalidatie Rotterdam, RRR (Centre for Rheumatics and Rehabilitation) is a nursing home and rehabilitation centre specifically oriented toward the rehabilitation of elderly patients who may or may not be resident there. The existing accommodation is largely outdated and no longer meets contemporary demands. In addition, the future strategy includes plans for a step-up in scale and a flexible capacity. Previous expansion plans stranded on issues such as Building Inspectorate criticism, the ‘wind rights’ of an adjacent windmill and an explosion hazard related to an adjoining petrol station. Such matters have now been regulated and cepezed is designing a stylish expansion, to be realized in two phases, which supports sustainable operations and forms a healing environment for the residents. The plan for the new construction consists of two curved volumes, nestling slightly apart, of four and five storeys respectively, which are connected at the extremities via a transparent amenity centre. The first phase will witness the construction of the five-story volume and the transparent centre. Adaptation to an existing section dating from 1999 will also take place in this phase, and this will then accommodate the treatment rooms and office functions. In a second phase, the original building will be demolished and the four-storey segment will be built. The upper floors of the curved volumes will house the living and repose units, while the ground floor accommodates facilities such as day-activity sections and exercise areas. Orangeries that penetrate the elongated volumes allow the introduction of light and air and also function as comfortable repose areas. The transparent centre houses the restaurant and kitchen, a grand café, studios with exhibition space and a therapeutic swimming pool with spa facilities. The luxury residential units are more than twice as large as the existing units and are all equipped with their own sanitary facilities, a ceiling lift, a pantry and a French balcony with a panoramic view of the adjacent city park, which was designed by Piet Oudolf. The units are suitable for habitation by one or two people, which generates great flexibility in the centre’s capacity. The CorTen steel façades harmonize well with the situation of the centre in the landscape.

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client haga hospital the hague

To increase the chance of survival of youthful cancer patients, parents and attendant staff have united to form the Nationaal Kinderoncologisch Centrum, NKOC (National Oncological Centre for Children), which wishes to concentrate at one location. The Haga Hospital in The Hague requested cepezed to draw up a plan that would arouse the NKOC’s interest in this city. The NKOC opted for Amsterdam, due to the oncological expertise and infrastructure already present there, but ultimately chose Utrecht because of the more child-specific care at hand. However, the university hospitals where children’s cancer treatment currently takes place do not wish to relinquish their position and are, at the moment, undermining progress in this direction. cepezed has oriented its plan for an NKOC adjacent to the Leyweg branch of the Haga Hospital toward a self-evident delineation of the hospital grounds, high repose quality, and a recognizable countenance. In addition, the office has devoted a great deal of attention to functionality, efficiency and logistics. The design takes into consideration the fact that not all patients remain in hospital for the same length of time, that patients vary in age, and that the impact of the illness will differ with each patient and advancement of the illness. cepezed has sought to draw up a building that is friendly and comfortable for all patients and their families, as well as being pleasant and practical for the staff. The requirement for lots of space has not been translated into a single monolithic volume, but consists of a series of mutually connected, smaller-scale wings with a pavilion-like ambience and a maximum view of the adjoining park, thus ensuring optimum repose quality. A high-rise block of fifteen storeys is planned for the research units. Both this tower and the other building wings are at right angles to the Leyweg and are linked by a transparent atrium, partly laid out with greenery, and a four-story conservatory on the city side. This forms a roofedover passageway that has an excellent visual relationship with the outside world, creates an animated picture, and functions as a traffic and free-repose hall for patients, their family and other visitors. The building has two traffic arteries along its full length. One is more public, the other is more closed and is primarily intended for medical staff and bed transport. Every position in the building is rapidly and efficiently accessible via well-laidout lateral routes.

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client medisch centrum alkmaar alkmaar

The existing facilities of the Alkmaar Medical Centre (Medisch Centrum Alkmaar, MCA) at the Alkmaarderhout location badly require renovation. Because renovation precludes structural new construction for some time, and new construction is not financially feasible at one stroke, the Medical Centre organization opted for phased new construction at a location in Heerhugowaard. The consortium +ACDC, which comprises the cepezed architectural office, the Deerns and ABT civil engineering companies and Cure+Care Consultancy, has created a total design for a Regional Top-Clinical Intervention Centre (RTIC) of around 45,000 m2 that is oriented toward acute care, treatment, hospital stay and clinical diagnosis. Completion is planned for the end of 2015, which necessitates rapid processing and implementation. With the realization of this new construction, the Alkmaar Medical Centre commits itself to a development that is stable in value, partly due to the optimum flexibility of the design. This is one of the reasons why cepezed was preferred for the architectural plan. In addition, the design consortium picked up the challenge to work out the operational processes, the functional and logistic divisions, as well as the physical and virtual infrastructure of the RTIC in a totally coherent manner. In doing so, it aims at realizing a pleasant experience with abundant views, incidence of daylight, scale differentiation, and a comfortable indoor climate. The design team has radically separated the treatment and accommodation functions of the hospital, housing them in different volumes. Thus, all strictly medical functions are situated in one elongated and highly efficient volume with an adjoining transparent traffic zone, while the wards are housed in an adjacent, attractively meandering section that provides many advantages with regard to the functional layout, traffic flows, incidence of daylight and view. The shape also generates varied spatial perception. The two main sections are connected by means of a large transparent atrium with high repose quality, which also contributes greatly to the perception of the building. As such, the building has a lucid and comprehensible basic structure. In addition, patients, staff and visitors have all been allocated their own self-evident routes, all of which maintain contact with the environment outside the building. Supplementation of stocks never takes place through the sections but always via the exterior areas of the corresponding functional zones. The design has been formulated within a three-dimensional Building Information Model that makes the 2500+ different spaces within the building comprehensible at a glance.

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The bonded warehouse building De Vijf Werelddelen (‘the Five Continents’) at the Kop van Zuid in Rotterdam was probably designed by the civil engineer, freethinker and member of the Dutch parliament Thomas Stieltjes, who also drew the harbours along Rotterdam’s south bank. His principal, the entrepreneur and politician Lodewijk Pincoffs of the Rotterdamsche Handelsvereeniging (Rotterdam Trade Association) fled to New York in 1879, the year of completion of the building, in debt to the tune of millions of guilders, after which the building fell into the hands of the municipality. Because free transfer of goods was possible at the depot, it made an important contribution to the development of Rotterdam as a world-renowned transhipment port. In the 1990s, the building fell into disuse, and a redevelopment project was initiated with cepezed as the architect. The renewed entrepot building contains a roofed-over shopping area, catering facilities, offices and more than a hundred houses. The existing cast and wrought-iron interior construction was left entirely intact. The original wooden tent roof was removed and replaced by a new construction, set back so that the original roof edge still determined the height. Along the entire length, the middle strip was removed and replaced with a transparent covering, thus creating a light and spacious atrium. The shops are situated on the ground floor of the atrium. The bars and restaurants are primarily located along the Entrepot harbour, to the south, where a former loading platform now simultaneously functions as an awning and a roof garden for the houses on the first storey. The offices are situated on the first storey, along the Handelsplein on the north side. Above these are three-storey maisonettes with a roof garden. Large lofts measuring 150 to 200 m2 and smaller two-storey maisonettes with a large balcony or roof garden lie along the harbour. The houses and offices are accessed via glass staircases and lift shafts on the north side of the building. They are also accessible via galleries along the atrium on the interior. On completion, the lofts and maisonettes contained only completely prefabricated sanitary units with a toilet, bathroom and connections for the kitchen. The rest could be freely partitioned by the residents. All modern elements added to the building harmonize well with the refined detailing of the original design.

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client ontwikkelingsmaatschappij quirijnboulevard (cofier bouwontwikkeling, municipality of tilburg and wonen midden-brabant) tilburg

For decades, under the name Quirijntracé (‘Quirijn strip’), a green zone in Tilburg Noord was earmarked to be a route that would connect the adjacent neighbourhood with the city centre and the city exit roads. The surrounding construction, dating from the sixties and seventies, largely faced away from this strip. Ultimately the municipality transformed this zone into a city park and initiated large-scale plans, under the name ‘Quirijn Boulevard’, to enhance the liveability and experiential qualities of the area. For this development, cepezed designed four housing types. The office envisioned single-family homes along the Landréstraat, directly next to and looking out over the park. The living rooms are situated at the front, on the first floor, and have glass fronts that can be opened over the whole width of the building. Due to the fact that the upper floors protrude over the ground floor, there is space for parking under the overhang. As a consequence, the view from the living room is not disturbed by cars. The residents thus appear to live amid the greenery of the park. Bordering on the back gardens of the park houses there are smaller T-shaped bungalows in which the occupants literally live in the middle of the garden. In the end of the T-shape there are, consecutively, a drive-in, storage space, bathroom and a bedroom. The living room, with an open-plan kitchen, is situated in the stem of the T-shape and has glass fronts along both long sides. For the Gombertstraat, cepezed designed a type of singlefamily home that looks like a high, dark and closed wall when lined up in a row. A glass volume has been placed in front of every house. On the ground floor this accommodates the kitchen and, on the first floor, the bathroom. The houses open up to the garden at the back, where they have friendly wooden façade cladding. A row of smaller single-family homes lies along the Obrechtstraat to the rear. These also have friendly wooden façade cladding at the back, while the rest of the façades consist of simple and neutral corrugated material. These houses, too, have been materialized in a sober and abstract manner.

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The Catalan comarca (province) Garroxta in the north of northern Spain has extensive, wild landscapes with a low population density. For the owner of a 50-acre+ domain with a largely rocky, sloping profile, cepezed designed a finca rústica, a country house. The grounds have a number of basalt-like terrace floors upon which stood a two-storey ruin of a building with a corresponding shed; this building had probably been unoccupied for 200 or 300 years. Previously, it was most likely used for mixed farming. Local regulations stipulate that new construction may only take place in characteristic local style, with the incorporation of existing remains. cepezed dealt with these regulations in a creative way, to achieve an intriguing result. The country house consists of two volumes that are roughly positioned on the former locations of the various remains. This being the case, they are at a little distance from one another and also differ in height level. The main accommodation is positioned slightly lower than the volume for the guest accommodation, garage, storage area and technical installations. The two sections are linked by a natural stone stairway strip, which looks as if it belongs to the landscape. The two-storey main accommodation measures around eleven and a half metres square, and forms a striking combination of traditionalism and modernity. The walls, constructed entirely of concrete, provide all modern quality and comfort, but in order to assign the building some local features, the exterior has been covered with local lime-holding stones, including those from the former ruin. The building has also been given a saddleback roof with the same slope as the ruin had. The front facade, however, is wholly of glass, with, at a slight distance, a double-frame screen of perforated CorTen steel, which is articulated and can be opened in sections. The windows of the other façades are also equipped with CorTen sunbreakers that can be opened. The interior is extremely modern, with an opal glass bathroom, among other things. The more than 24 metres long, entirely concrete volume with the guest accommodation, the garage, storage space and technical installations, is largely entrenched in the slope of the hill, so that the roof also forms the terrace of the adjoining swimming pool. Its mainly transparent front façade is also equipped with a perforated form of CorTen steel that can be opened in sections.

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gfa 23,558 m2 houses 5,687 m2 office and commercial space

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client heja projectontwikkeling breda

The Noordsingel complex in Rotterdam includes an exceptional, star-shaped prison dating from 1872 and a stately courthouse, dating from 1899, which was designed by the erstwhile government architect at the Ministry of Justice Willem Metzelaar, who also designed many other courthouses as well as the Koepelgevangenis (‘Dome Prison’) in Haarlem. The courthouse on the Noordsingel has not been in function for quite some time, while the prison plans to close in 2012. By now, the municipality has sold the complex to HD Projectrealisatie and BAM Woningbouw, who will redevelop it together. The design drawn up by cepezed retains all monumental elements and dispenses with all later additions of lesser historical significance. It refines the complex down to the basic combination of the courthouse and prison, and reinforces the composition of these with new construction. Space for various (commercial) functions has been planned in the plinth of the courthouse, while apartments are envisaged for the first storey and the roof. The existing cell blocks will also be assigned a residential function, partly by means of completely transparent additions along the existing exterior façades. One of the blocks is not an original one and will be replaced by a modern volume, materialized in a totally abstract way, with the same shape and dimensions as the other blocks. The front part of the prison building provides space for a complex for the elderly, along with corresponding facilities. Functions such as catering facilities and commercial and care units have been foreseen for various historical outbuildings such as the archives section and the gateway buildings. New construction with mixed functions will occupy the edges of the area. On the one side there will be various types of apartments with large terraces above a plinth of commercial units. On the other side there will be single-family houses with roof patios. The residents can freely determine the internal layout of these. In conjunction with the retained piers of the prison wall, the new construction gives the area a clear framework, while the blocks are situated in such a way that an attractive, open link with the surrounding urban fabric is generated. An extensive subterranean car park is located under the new construction so that the view at ground level does not become polluted with cars, and the collective outdoor space can present a pleasant and parklike allure.

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gfa 18,000 m² station square 3,600 m² station building 1,460 m² bicycle parking facilities

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client public-private venture between the municipality of sint-niklaas / nmbs / de lijn / wilma project development / leisure development sint-niklaas sint-niklaas belgium

Alderman Mr Urbain Vercauteren of Sint-Niklaas once said that anyone who was unfortunate enough to step off the train in his town would want to step on again immediately. At that time, the area around the station was a grim, incoherent zone with a rundown urban layout, where cars raced past or parked at the most impossible places. The situation was a major problem for successive city councils until newly chosen mayor Freddy Willcokx began, from 2001 onward, to place great emphasis on the agreed mobility policy. He stimulated the disjointed political powers to commit time and energy to realize a city with more allure and liveability. cepezed formulated the comprehensive restructuring of the two most serious problem zones – the station area and the Grote Markt. Traffic was rigorously dammed and regulated, with the existing but previously scarcely used tunnel under the station being allocated a clear function within the future urban circular. The planned building locations for a shopping mall and an entertainment and leisure centre were shifted, so that new uncontrollable zones were avoided and space was generated for an extra above-ground car park. Demolition of a number of existing buildings created an open connection with the inner city. The station itself was renovated and given a transparent extension with a panoramic view out across the station square, so the building functions in a much more self-evident way. The bicycle parking facility, an exceptional construction with large spans, has a transparent roof and provides space for around 700 bicycles. This construction was awarded the Belgian Staalbouw (Steel Construction) Prize. An elongated pedestrian and free-repose area has been constructed as the backbone of the renewed zone structure. This so-called ‘Esplanade’ links the entertainment and leisure complex, the station and the shopping mall, and leads to the Stationstraat and to the city centre. Since the reorganization, Sint-Niklaas can boast a modern, 21st-century station square that harmonizes well with the largely 19th-century surrounding construction. The zone is now open, accessible and inviting. It has high free-repose qualities, while all functions are lucid and obvious. This project was awarded the Vlaamse Stadsvernieuwingprijs (Flemish Urban Renovation Prize) and an honourable mention in the Vlaamse Ruimtelijke Planningsprijs (Flemish Spatial Planning Prize).

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client dexia bank brussels belgium

With more than 30.000 m2, the Grote Markt in the heart of the Belgian city of Sint-Niklaas is the largest urban square in Western Europe. For a long time it was a problem zone, largely caused by excessive car use. The surrounding roads were segments of consistently congested routes and the open square itself was merely an immense unstructured parking lot. The square had become a chaotic and isolated location in the city centre. After the much-acclaimed transformation of the station zone nearby, the municipality again asked cepezed to examine the Grote Markt and to re-create a grand, open and monumental square there. For traffic going specifically to that area, a lucid traffic structure was developed, with cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians all being allocated their own domain on the periphery of the square. Car parking is only possible under the edges of the square in a half-open car park whose entrance and exit are respectively on opposite sides of the square. The car park and ground level are connected via a sloping embankment that allows the incidence of light into the car park, enables natural ventilation, offers social safety, and ensures good orientation possibilities. The half-open character also has important impact on the appearance and profile of the Grote Markt. With the underground car park, the central square is again free of obstacles and always available for miscellaneous use. The square was re-paved with Belgian bluestone and is now surrounded by a slightly elevated wooden promenade, ideal for parading back and forth for those who enjoy attention. Magnolia trees along the periphery form a boundary with the traffic zone and give a sense of shelter. The surrounding façades have been restored to their original state, so that the relationship between the square and the buildings has been improved. By means of clear demarcation and uniform partition, the former chaos of open-air catering facilities has also been ended. The reorganization has literally given the Grote Markt back to the city. The square is now a much-used location in the urban life of Sint-Niklaas. It has regained it ambience, grandeur and repose quality. The Grote Markt is rightly the new visiting card of Sint-Niklaas. Architectural awards include the Erewimpel van de Vlaamse Voetgangersbeweging (‘Flag of honour of the Flemish pedestrian movement’).

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client blom & moors ontwerp openbare ruimte ’s hertogenbosch

The furnishing of Dutch railway stations is outdated. In general, travellers have little appreciation of the present waiting rooms, seating elements and other fittings. For this reason, ProRail, the administrator of the stations, initiated a pilot project for the development of more pleasant station fittings. The company issued a tender and selected the Blom & Moors Design Bureau for Public Space on the basis of a vision oriented toward the experiential quality of the traveller. For components such as the seating elements, waste bins, greenery and a uniform holder for the diverse free newspapers, Blom & Moors subsequently collaborated with various designers. cepezed developed a waiting room, kiosk for food and drinks and, and a windscreen cum lean-on element. cepezed took as much transparency as possible as its starting point in its various designs. Accordingly, the three-metre-high waiting room and kiosk were designed with glass walls that were assembled entirely flush. The constituent sheets were glued and attached low down to a set-back plinth of stainless steel. The roof section consists of a prefabricated wooden skeleton element, bringing stability. It is of minimum height, and incorporates acoustic facilities as well as the wiring for the lighting and intercom. Because the kiosk is also a workspace, its walls are double-glazed. The roof section of the kiosk is also thicker. One part of the façade is closed because more technical installation facilities are required. The windscreen cum lean-on element consists of a stainlesssteel frame and a sit-to-stand support in one, between which a double-glass plate has been wedged. A LED element has been included in the frame, and the glass plates are decorated with a scarcely perceptible, screen-printed dot pattern. In this way, the glass can be illuminated in various colours. The various facilities have a modular construction that promotes both rapid building and variations in dimensions. In 2010, the renewed station furnishing was materialized in different configurations at the railway stations in Leiden and Amsterdam Bijlmer. A waiting room and kiosk, among other items, were realized in Leiden, while the platforms in Amsterdam were equipped with the windscreen cum lean-on element.

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client municipality of utrecht utrecht

The station area in Utrecht is currently undergoing a major transformation. Among all the new construction, rebuilding and renovation projects to be realized in the coming years, the Rabobrug (bridge) will also appear, connecting the Croeselaan and the Moreelsepark across the railway line. The design drawn up by cepezed is wholly oriented to allure, efficiency and functionality. The bicycling and pedestrian bridge, 335-metres in length, is characterized by a span offering a single clear spatial gesture. It displays a self-evident presence and recognizability. The concept consists of an elongated esplanade with high user and repose qualities, generated by the form, materialization, detailing and the integration of a tree lane in the design. The construction thus functions as a high-quality continuation of the urban space rather than specifically as an infrastructural object. The bridge is straightforward, slender and lucid, and consists of two strips of large-scale profiles with a central zone between them. Because all railway platforms must be accessible from the bridge, constructive use has been made of the necessary anchoring on the platforms. The various sightlines and orientations issue from and connect to the given urban-development situation, so that the bridge will integrate with the urban fabric in a self-evident way. The tree lane on the bridge forms an elevated extension of the tree lane that is already present on the connecting routes to and from the inner city. The bridge thus constitutes an experience of unity and continuity that contributes to the self-evidence of use. The illumination in the evening hours is modest and contributes to the recognizability, aesthetics and functional logic; an atmospheric, elongated light contour with a row of trees lit from below displays, even at a distance and from all sides, the presence and the aim of the span over the railway. Mark Hume, a journalist with the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, immediately recognized possibilities for the city of Vancouver: ‘The Rabobrug,’ Hume wrote, ‘is not just a bridge, it’s an architectural statement, a beautiful structure with graceful lines that opens up a pleasant, treed boulevard in the middle of a busy city. A bridge like that over False Creek would be a tourism magnet and would extend Vancouver’s remarkable public waterfront.’

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client municipality of tilburg tilburg

The station area in Tilburg has a number of key, correlated weaknesses. For instance, it has no clear boundaries or streetfronts, it is difficult to orientate oneself there, and there is little scope for pedestrians. There is also a strained spatial relationship between the city and the station; the city side is hardly connected at all to the north side of the station, and the plinth of the building is chaotic. The car-parking functions and the infrastructure are too dominant. All in all, the station area is messy and the atmosphere tends to be unpleasant. cepezed designed a plan that was particularly appreciated due to its logical functionality, architectonic and commercial quality, and the quality of the public space created. In addition, the jury was impressed by cepezed’s vision on the process and the collaboration between the parties involved, which included the Municipality, the Spoorzone quality team, the Spoorbouwmeester Bureau, ProRail and Dutch Rail. The design harmonizes with the boulevard concept desired by the Municipality, and offers a lucid and tight organization for the various traffic flows such as buses, cars, bicycles and pedestrians. New, coherent and lively streetfronts, endowed with commercial functions, grace the boulevard within the plan area, thus creating a pleasant inner-city zone. Parking cars and bicycles out of sight, and the substantial vegetation, including trees, considerably enhance the experiential and repose quality of the area. The spectacular roof construction and the exceptional substructure of the current station, designed by Koen van der Gaast (1923-1993) in 1965, have been wholly retained. The interventions that are envisaged dovetail well with the urban structure, and restore the power and clarity of the original design. The passageway to the railway platforms has been moved to a central position under the roof, and extends onward to the Dutch Rail terrain to the north, which is also currently being developed. The station foyer has been moved a little in relation to its present situation. It has become slightly larger, and receives a transparent, inviting and spacious character.

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realization 2007

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client government buildings agency the hague

For its comprehensively renovated accommodation Westraven (see the ‘Office’ section), user Rijkswaterstaat (department of Public Works) wished to have a concept largely oriented toward flexiwork. Because cepezed was also responsible for the architecture of Westraven, the building and its interior dovetail perfectly and both radiate the same tranquil and lucid ambience devoid of visual pollution. The flexible floor plans have diverse scale levels and gradations of privacy, ranging from open office floors and group offices to meeting rooms, conference halls and a large multifunctional hall, as well as special silent cells. The higher management, secretaries and specific employees such as IT specialists have fixed workstations, but most of the other staff members do not. In the low-rise section, there are lockers on each storey where people can store their personal belongings. The different departments are reasonably demarcated, but within those departments the work places are rather varied. Each employee has cupboard and shelf space for his or her papers and documents, and decides where he or she will sit for each work session. There is an abundance of workstations and plug-in points to connect a laptop to the network. With the exception of the call centre that provides public information for road traffic flow and safety (Van A naar Beter), there are scarcely any fixed telephone lines, and all employees work with a cell phone. People can also log in to the network from their homes. In addition to the natural appearance of much-used materials such as glass and stainless steel, white is the predominant colour. In the conservatories, the floors are covered with wood and the entrance passage is paved with Belgian bluestone. The office spaces in both the high-rise and low-rise sections have been equipped with floor covering in accordance with a colour scheme formulated by the Belgian design office Outremer. To create unity, the furniture has been taken from very limited, mutually harmonizing furniture lines. Furthermore, cepezed has designed specific furniture such as coffee pantries and washing facilities for the sanitary groups. The toilet doors are equipped with integrated lighting elements that illuminate both the toilet and the hall. Various lounges have been laid out with low chairs, tables and much greenery in the atria between the office sections in the new-construction part. A special element is the biodynamic lighting whose colour and intensity automatically changes with the colour and intensity of daylight, but which can also be adjusted to meet the requirements of the individual.

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gfa 290 m² extension 267 m²

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client ministry of foreign affairs the hague

The Consulate-General of the Netherlands in Munich occupied the first floor of a somewhat non-descript corporate office building in Munich-Neuhausen near the centre of the city. cepezed was given the assignment to design a stylish interior equipped with pleasant work stations. The space was to receive an efficient layout and an open, hospitable and representative atmosphere, while nevertheless satisfying the consular requirements of security and confidentiality. In addition, the layout ought to radiate esteem without being too dominant. With the aid of light colours and materials, an interior was created that contrasts strikingly with the banality of the existing architecture. The hallway area was previously a dark, indeterminate zone. Now large, mat glass sliding panel walls bring a sense of spaciousness. By opening these panels, the offices can be connected, enabling spatial variation and generating long sightlines. When they are closed, good insulation ensures privacy and confidentiality. The cables for communication and electrics have been adopted into the shining white polyurethane floors and are accessible via floorpots. Carpet ensures good acoustics and a pleasant ambience in the working areas. Recently, the diplomatic post has almost doubled in size, with the interior of the extension being continued in the same style and functional set-up. Both designs have been realized in close collaboration with specialists from the Directie Huisvesting & Facilitaire Zaken (Accommodation and Facility Management) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The disciplines of interior architecture, art, technical installations and security were all covered.

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client ministry of foreign affairs the hague

With the radical, total renovation of the Netherlands embassy in Rome (see the ‘Offices’ section) cepezed was also given the assignment to design the interior of the diplomatic post. In this project, the office applied an integral approach. Because the two combined buildings originally functioned as a house, they had a poor logistical structure that impeded the practical execution of tasks and mutual communication between the embassy staff. In addition, because the premises did not have any exceptional interior details, the decision was taken to strip them down to the concrete skeleton and equip them with a new, drastically renovated set-up oriented toward light, transparency, spatial experience and good mutual communication. As a consequence, any distinction between the two building sections can hardly be made. To underpin a recognizable logistic structure, every storey was allocated the same layout. On all floors, the offices, work places and meeting rooms were grouped around a central traffic and repose area offering the opportunity of spontaneous encounters. These areas contain self-designed tables and pantry furniture. The interior walls between the offices and the central areas were implemented in flush glazing with integrated light switches. The walls have a translucent glass layer on the hall side and a transparent glass layer on the office side. In the workspaces they thus generate an experience of depth while the hall receives as much daylight as possible. The stairs also largely consist of translucent glass. The lift is wholly transparent. The lift and stairway zone is roofed over with a transparent roof that allows the incidence of daylight to ground floor level. The interior of the renewed embassy contains much modern art of Dutch origin. Two ceramic dogs with the title Cave canem (‘beware of the dog’), created by the artists Irene Fortuyn and Robert O’Brien, guard the entrance to the building. For the layout of the embassy, there was close co-operation with interior designer Olav van den Brekel and art consultant Philippien Noordam of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Shortly after the realization, an embassy worker stated: ‘The intention – communication, meeting, openness – has already been proven successful.’

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For a long period, the Netherlands embassy in Brussels and the Permanent Representation in the European Union (PREU) resided on the periphery of Brussels. A strategic relocation brought the posts into the political and diplomatic heart of Belgium and Europe. The deputations are now housed in a building that dates from the 1970s, whose construction shell has recently been renovated. cepezed designed the interior, again in close collaboration with the art and interior-design advisors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The building has nine storeys plus two subterranean layers largely intended for car parking, amounting to a total of 11,000 m2. It is entirely geared to sustainability and high-quality allure, with Dutch design, Dutch products and Dutch art again playing a leading role. The existing entrance has been doubled in height, while a void has been inserted in the ground floor, linking that level with the storey below. In this way, a large, multifunctional space has been created, housing the canteen. It also accommodates a light, transparent winter garden adjoining the park garden to the rear. On the upper floors, the office spaces have been situated along the façades. The zones between the office strips are methodically laid out with combinations of copy units, meeting rooms, pantries, informal spots and reading tables. These have been designed slightly differently for each storey so that each level clearly has its own identity. The inner walls along the corridors are transparent, while the partitions between offices consist of perforated steel with panels for acoustic baffling, flanked by transparent fitting pieces on either side. The further programme consists of VIP lounges, VIP rooms and a VIP lunchroom, archive spaces, and a meeting room with a table at which no fewer than 44 people could meet at the same time. The layout is flexible and easy to modify. The sunbreakers neutralize the glare of the sun, but do not eliminate daylight. The building has a ‘grey water’ circuit for use in the toilets.

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The Netherlands embassy in Madrid is seated in the Torre Espacio, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & partners and completed a few years ago. With 57 storeys and a height of 236 m it is the second highest building in Spain. The building also accommodates the UK embassy. The Netherlands diplomatic post occupies the 36th and 37th floors. At this height, the tower has a lens-like, oval form that seems to issue self-evidently from the quadrangular basis below. As a consequence, the floor plan has many curved lines. The 36th storey is largely reserved for public services, while the 37th is primarily filled with offices and meeting rooms. In accordance with cepezed’s particular preference for daylight, long sightlines and spatial experience, the embassy boasts a high degree of transparency. The greater part of the partitioning walls is made of transparent glass. In the more open office zones, the workplaces are only separated by cabinets. The offices have a panoramic view out across the city and surrounding region, even from the heart of the ellipse. Both storeys have been allocated a neutral colour scheme: the ceilings and most fixed walls are white, while the floors have been finished with a stylish, dark natural stone. Similar to other embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the branch in Madrid is also filled with much art and furniture of Dutch origin. On the 37th floor, one meeting room even contains a whole art wall, consisting of a partitioning element with various sizes and shapes of Pastoe cabinets that simultaneously function as a socle for diverse artworks. There is a pantry on the other side of the art wall. cepezed designed the interior of the embassy in close cooperation with the art and interior-design consultants of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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the office Regardless of how important technology might be in the architecture of cepezed, one cannot accuse the office of technological determinism. The designers are much more concerned with developing total solutions to complex problems. The specific design assignment, along with the given circumstances, always remains the point of departure. Functionality, regulations, programme of requirements, budget, location and the technical possibilities all play a role here. Averse to any over-exuberant form language, cepezed pays great attention to pleasant and possibly changing use; in this context, technology is merely an important aid. In the urge to continue to surprise itself as well as its clients, cepezed has raised the bar pretty high. Although the architects have much experience and routine and the projects display great stylistic recognizability, the designs produced are never standard. Time and again, all aspects of the design and building process are approached with optimum care and attention. In this context, the conceptual framework is just as important as the accurate elaboration at detailed level. cepezed is thus a generalist design office par excellence. At the beginning of 2005, former project leader Ronald Schleurholts became a partner and a member of the Board. Schleurholts soon acquired a growing reputation within the sector and, in 2009, he was pronounced one of the most influential European architects under forty years of age. At the end of 2008, Michiel Cohen retired from the firm. In the subsequent period, despite the credit crisis and defying the general economic malaise within the sector, cepezed continued to expand, by around 25%. At present, the office has around forty members of staff, the majority of whom are highly educated architects who implement and supervise the whole trajectory from draft design to building preparation and operations management. The traditional dividing line between the architect and the draughtsman does not exist at cepezed. The architects produce the drawings themselves and are engaged with the current project right down to the smallest details. In doing so, they frequently collaborate in early stages of the process with experts from other disciplines, such as material, installation, construction and production specialists. cepezed is a horizontally organized, open, flexible and highly automated company with short lines of communication. As a consequence, the project teams can operate as purposefully and efficiently as possible. information

cepezed took its first steps on the road to renown in 1973. Coming architects Jan Pesman and Rob Zee were in their third year of study at Delft University of Technology, and wanted to get to work as quickly as possible. Teacher Hein Hoogerwerf furnished them with an assignment and coupled them to Michiel Cohen, who was already working as an independent architect. Cohen had a great preference for industrial construction. The first few years represented a period of learning, testing and reflecting. Pesman, too, had a leaning toward industrial production technology and, in a lengthy series of smallscale projects such as renovations of and extensions to houses and shops, the partners devoted much attention to the systematics of size and standardization. However, these turned out to be too advanced within the then conservative world of construction. Nevertheless, these attempts lay at the basis of the development of a completely individual design method, and a critical scrutiny of the building process. In 1982 – Zee had already left the office by this time – cepezed publicly announced its stance when Pesman introduced a new discipline in the Items magazine: the Industrial Architect. The Industrial Architect works at the interface of architecture and industrial design. This being the case, his focus is twofold and directed toward the processes of designing and building. In addition, the Industrial Architect develops building components for the businesses that supply the construction industry. In that same year, Cohen and Pesman attracted attention with their design for a lightweight, affordable and quickly mountable modular house for the social sector. It was the first project in which cepezed’s fundamental ideas about building and building methods were combined. In the subsequent decades, the office grew consistently, both in the breadth and in the scale of the projects undertaken. Partly due to its plan-oriented approach and its great attention for the way in which buildings are realized, cepezed evolved into an idiosyncratic and striking architectural firm. The ideas that were developed in the early years were now copiously translated into realizations. This led to the situation that the office even took full charge of the implementation of some projects. cepezed was also at the origin of building-technical innovations such as the development of sandwich panels, the energy-based, climatological application of atriums, and the architectonic integration of constructions and installations, which have all been emulated.

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clients am real estate, nieuwegein am wonen, nieuwegein amory + jurriëns concept en projectmanagement, amsterdam anderson lembke, amsterdam anker printers, lelystad anwb, the hague arcaplex, spijkenisse arcelor, luxembourg (luxembourg) argos service stations bv, rotterdam hoogvliet artifort, schijndel asr nederland, utrecht baas groep, waddinxveen bakker welten, breda bata, best blom & moors, ’s-hertogenbosch bond development, the hague borghese real estate, nijkerk bouwen met staal, zoetermeer bouwfonds mab, the hague bouwfonds mab ontwikkeling, hoevelaken buko bouwsystemen, vuren centre for human drug research, leiden cepezed systems, delft h.m.j. claasen beheer, zoetermeer cofier bouwontwikkeling, tilburg cogas, almelo cono kaasmakers, westbeemster corio, utrecht corus, velsen-noord curam, amsterdam de lijn, mechelen (belgium) delft university of technology, delft delftsche schoolvereeniging, delft dexia bank, brussels (belgium) discount trading, grevenmacher (luxembourg) dolphin project, emmen dsm, delft dsm, heerlen dsm sourcing, sittard dunea, voorburg du prie bouw en ontwikkeling, leiden duwo, delft dw retaildesign, woerden east-limburg hospital, genk (belgium) eneco energie, rotterdam ericis, gouda essent, arnhem euro immo star, brussels (belgium) explorius, rijssen falcon plaza, amsterdam flemish radio and television broadcasing station, brussels (belgium) forbo flooring, assendelft genencor international, leiden haga hospital, the hague heiwo, wolvega heja projectontwikkeling, breda hotel- en congrescentrum de reehorst, ede

kleyweg’s stadskoffyhuis, delft konmar, amersfoort kpn, the hague langerak wielen, utrecht leisure development sint-niklaas, antwerp (belgium) logica, amstelveen maatschappij tot exploitatie van industriegebouwen, ‘s-hertogenbosch mabon, rijswijk medisch centrum alkmaar, alkmaar mercedes benz l.i.a.m., leiden ministry of foreign affairs, accommodation and facility management abroad, the hague ministry of the flemish community, brussels (belgium) ministry of economic affairs, the hague municipality of amsterdam municipality of barneveld municipality of bruges (belgium) municipality of delft municipality of eindhoven municipality of haarlem municipality of the hague municipality of helmond municipality of leeuwarden municipality of leiden municipality of lingewaard, bemmel municipality of maastricht municipality of nijmegen municipality of purmerend municipality of rotterdam municipality of sint-niklaas (belgium) municipality of tilburg municipality of utrecht municipality of vienna (austria) municipality of westland municipality of zoetermeer municipal port authority, rotterdam netherlands textile museum, tilburg netherlands glass association, woerden nl development, the hague nmbs, brussels (belgium) nova vastgoedontwikkeling, utrecht ns vastgoed, utrecht nuon power generation, utrecht ocsb, lelystad octoplus pharmaceutical innovators, leiden ontwikkelings- en exploitatiemaatschappij willemsoord, den helder ontwikkelingsmaatschappij elisabethhof, leiden oranjewoud, heerenveen österreichische akademie der wissenschaften, vienna (austria) ovg projectontwikkeling, rotterdam pas reform, zeddam pitstop exploitatiemaatschappij, amsterdam police rotterdam-rijnmond, rotterdam information

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1981 second prize architectural review competition interior of a jeweller’s shop, london

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1979 médaille d’argent 8e salon international des inventions et des techniques nouvelles genève dimensional system

1990 national steel prize category buildings with a steel supporting construction j. nan, orthodontist’s practice, voorburg 1991 premio internazionale di architettura andrea palladio semi-detached houses, delft premio iritecna per l’europa semi-detached houses, delft high-tech center, nieuwegein bouwwereld award semi-detached houses (twin houses), delft first award british steel colorcoat building awards pilon orthodontist’s practice, veldhoven glass award design for head office of dutch glass association, woerden 1992 national steel prize category buildings with steel or a hybrid supporting construction semi-detached houses, delft haus des jahres-plakette schöner wohnen hauswettbewerb semi-detached houses, delft 1993 eccs european award for steel structures/ semi-detached houses, delft winner award british steel colorcoat building awards continental category tanthof library and child daycare centre, delft 1994 premier award british steel colorcoat building awards continental category exhibition pavilion, hoek van holland hylar international award category commercial premises exhibition pavilion, hoek van holland

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hylar international award category residential buildings house, schutterstraat, delft 1995 a.j. van eckprijs semi-detached houses, delft 1996 national steel prize category buildings with a steel or hybrid supporting construction centre for human drug research, leiden 1997 eccs european award for steel structures centre for human drug research, leiden 2000 winner overall building corus colorcoat building awards cepezed office, delft winner execution of detailing corus colorcoat building awards cepezed office, delft national steel prize category public-utility buildings race planet, delft laureate steel construction competition category residential buildings with a steel or hybrid supporting construction villa beckius, rommeldange 2004 national steel prize category industrial construction ronic, woerden laureate steel construction competition category buildings with steel or hybrid supporting construction bicycle parking facility, station square, sint-niklaas flemish urban renewal prize station environment, sint-niklaas (awarded to the city of sint-niklaas) 2005 prncipal prize category public space station environment, sint-niklaas/ grote markt, sint-niklaas (awarded to the city of sint-niklaas) honorary pennant of the pedestrian association of flanders station environment, sint-niklaas/ grote markt, sint-niklaas (awarded to the city of sint-niklaas) first prize european lighting awards 2005 station environment, sint-niklaas/ grote markt, sint-niklaas (awarded to the city of sint-niklaas)


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1975 the tokyo international lighting design competition lamp design

1987 bouwwereld prize houses, haarlem

1988 national steel prize category characteristic steel building sections high-tech center, nieuwegein 1990 nationale staalprijs category: bridges and other steel constructions communications tower for ptt telecom, amsterdam constructa-preis high-tech center, nieuwegein 1991 british steel colorcoat building awards semi-detached houses, delft

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chicago metallic award category company buildings j. nan orthodontist’s practice, voorburg

2010 national steel prize utility building audax textile museum

1992 national steel prize category industrial and public-utility buildings tanthof library and childcare centre, delft

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british steel colorcoat building awards high-tech center, nieuwegein eternit international prize for architecture category c j. nan orthodontist’s practice, voorburg

2000 spatial quality prize of zuid-holland category company buildings and offices ptt post distribution centres

1992 national steel prize category characteristic steel building sections tno bicycle parking facility, delft

national steel prize category industrial buildings ptt post distribution centres

2000 prix rhénan d’architecture semi-detached houses, delft 2004 flemish spatial planning prize 2004 station environment, sint-niklaas (awarded to the city of sint-niklaas)

bna building of the year audax textile museum

1991 national painters’ prize semi-detached houses, delft

1998 steel construction competition category civil architecture and artworks in steel gsm mast, affligem

1996 constructec-preis centre for human drug research, leiden

2009 amsterdam architecture prize jinso pavilion

2011 detail preis special prize for glass jinso pavilion

2002 national steel prize category industrial buildings langerak wielen, utrecht 2005 architecture prize lelystad anker printers, lelystad principal prize category commissioned art station environment, sint-niklaas (awarded to the city of sint-niklaas) 2008 bna building of the year westraven national steel prize category utility buildings westraven national steel prize category characteristic steel building sections and visual art netherlands embassy in rome steel construction competition east-limburg hospital parking facilities architect of the year information

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staff partners Jan Pesman (Utrecht, 1951) studied architecture at the University of Technology in Delft, where he established the cepezed architectural office in 1973. In 1971 he had been one of the founders of Utopia, a magazine for scientific amusement, with which he remained associated as an editor and designer until 1977. Pesman was also a co-founder of the still-existent design magazine Items, and was an editor there in the period 1983-92. During the 1994-95 academic year, Pesman was a professor at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. Since 2010, he has been the chairman of the construction section of the Royal Institute of Engineers in the Netherlands, KIVI-NIRIA. Besides his many activities as an architect and spatial designer, he also gives lectures at home and abroad and regularly has a seat in various juries.

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Ronald Schleurholts (Roden, 1972) studied architecture at Delft University of Technology, focussing on architecture, construction methods and interior layout. During his study, he worked for the architectural offices of Claus & Kaan and Koen van Velsen. Since 1999 he has been working for cepezed, where he became a partner and co-director in 2005. Since November 2008, Schleurholts has been a member of the board of the Stichting Integraal Werkende Architecten, IWA (Integrally Working Architects Foundation), which was co-founded by cepezed. In 2009, the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum elected him as one of Europe’s most prominent and promising designers under forty years of age. Since 2010, Schleurholts has also been a board member of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA), and since 2011 of the Living Daylights Foundation. Additionally, he regularly gives lectures on sustainable and integral design both at home and abroad.

Michiel Cohen (Haarlem, 1946) studied architecture at Delft University of Technology but abandoned this study prematurely to set himself up as an independent architect. In 1973, he was one of the founders of cepezed architects, and importantly contributed to the office’s industrial approach for decades. After cepezed had been awarded the BNA Kubus, the highest honour issued by the Association of Dutch Architects, he withdrew from the office in 2009 to devote more attention to other activities.

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Remco de Haan Lisa Haenitsch Mark Hanegraaf Kasper Hauschultz Hansen Patricia Haring Mike Heemrood Charlotte van Heesbeen Harry van Heeswijk Joost Heijnis Jeroen Hendriks Marco Henssen Job van den Heuvel Peter van den Heuvel René Hiemstra Olaf Hitz Bart van Hoek Ben Hoek René Hoek Tineke van de Hoek Rob Hoogendijk Birgit Hopff Willem Hoppenbrouwers Stephan van der Horst Jan Houtekamer Ronald van Houten Artsje Hylkema Taco van Iersel Miranda IJsselstein Esthel Janssen Marion Janssen Sven Jaspers Linda Jonker Marc Joubert Rogier Kant Ron Keesom Judith de Keijzer Albertien Kers Mark van Kessel Tim Kettler Daniëlle Keukenmeester Glenn King Erwin Kleinsman Christina Kny Simone Koenders Robbert Koole Jeroen Koomen Ferdi Koornneef Marisa Korteland Ricarda Koschany Carlijn Kramer Ansgar Krupp Wouter Kuiper Anne Kuipers Lonneke Kuysten Fiona van der Laan Feike Laane Marion Lamens-Massar Greet Lammerts van Bueren-Zijlstra Anette Lampe Tonko Leemhuis Mieke van Leeuwen L. Lenders Bart van Lieshout Peter Limpens S. van der Linde Thomas Lohse Ankie Loor Anna Lopriore Anja Lubke Jan Luiten M. Lukkassen

Frank Maas Maria del Mar Carrascal-Uño Thomas Marschall Pim Marsman Gera Martijn René van der Maten Pieter Melis Eugène Meulemans Walter Michels Ruben Molendijk Nazanin Mossafaian Tom Mossel Sander Nelissen Dennis Niemeijer Regina Nieuwenhuijsen Joke Nowee-van der Mast Catelijne Nuysink Paul Oehlers Mandy Olsthoorn Fahrid Omidi Jochem Paauwe Ina Pesman-de Graaff Tom Pesman Roeland-Jan Pijper Johan Pijpstra Lia van der Ploeg Jeen Pot Björn Prins Dolores Puiqantel Dick Purmer Nikele van de Putten

Tjeerd Tiersma Corina Timmer-Van der Heide Mirko Todorovic´ Martin van Toorn Anja Traffas Jelle van der Veen Sander Veenstra Roos Venema Tys Verburg Michiel Verrijn Stuart Jan-Willem Visscher Maarten van Vliet Ron van der Vliet Lisette Vollmer Mark Vossen P. Vuijk Manfred Wansink Rosemarijne van der Weide Ameike Weijers Mark Wieringa Maarten Willems Robert Winkel Sebastian Winkler Hans Witte Léon van Woerkom Christiaan de Wolf Menno van der Woude Jeroen Wouters Paul Zandstra Rob Zee Jolanda Zwetsloot

Marije Raap Vanessa Ramdin Rob Reintjes René Rijkers Frans Rooijakkers Menno Rubbens Raymond van Sabben Vincent van Sabben Karen van ’t Sant Irold van der Sar Rik Schijf Sandra Schijf Robert Schipper Hans Schlotter Ludo Schoone Britta Schott Sandra Schuster Ben Schweers Eva Setyabudi Paddy Sieuwerts Amar Sjauw en Wa Trudy Slingerland Owen Slootweg Ron van Sluys Simon Smaczny Jeroen Smit Guy Speelman Edwin Spoor Chris Spierings Mia van Spronsen Sebastiaan Steinbach René Straaijer Robbert van de Straat Kris Swagers Jolante Sweers Saskia Tan Désirée Tans Suzanne Tersteeg Bert Theunissen information

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books cepezed architecten – architects 1993 60 pages dutch-english edition: isbn 90 6450 171 8

catalogus the work of cepezed 2006 248 pages dutch edition: isbn 90 6450 606 X english edition: isbn 90 6450 595 0 prototypes the work of cepezed 2007 264 pages dutch edition: isbn 978 90 6450 613 0 english edition: isbn 978 90 6450 533 1 westraven officebuilding for rijkswaterstaat 2007 184 pages dutch edition: isbn 978 90 6450 660 4 english edition: isbn 978 90 6450 659 8

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credits texts architectenbureau cepezed bv: jeroen hendriks image documentation architectenbureau cepezed bv: jochem paauwe, job van den heuvel, jeroen hendriks, léon van woerkom sketches, drawings and renderings architectenbureau cepezed bv, with the exception of: ascendilex, wouter beck: 18 left architectenbureau cepezed bv & piet boon studio: 99 dpi: 166-167 i2: 70, 72-73, 74, 76-77, 188, 190-191, 194, 196, 198-199, 228 meijers groep: 146-147 photography architectenbureau cepezed bv, with the exception of: corné bastiaansen: 14 jinso above gerlo beernink: 246, 248-249 gert cools: 23 daph/henk schuurmans, commissioned by brs building systems: 144, 151 michael heinrich: 262, 264-265 horizon photoworks: 66 fas keuzenkamp: 10 twin houses, 14 jinso below, 22 embassy in rome (in colour), 24, 52-53, 54-55, 56-57, 64-65, 88, 91, 92-93, 94-95, 96, 104, 106-107, 108-109, 110-111, 132, 134-135, 138, 140-141, 148-149, 152-153, 154, 159, 160, 162-163, 164, 182, 184-185, 186187, 214, 216-217, 218-219, 220-221, 234-235, 236-237, 238, 240-241, 243, 244-245, 266, 268-269, 270-271, 278, 280-281 luuk kramer: 61 jannes linders: 4-5, 8, 12, 22 westraven in colour, 34-35, 38, 40-41, 42, 44-45, 47, 48-49, 68-69, 98, 100-101, 102-103, 112, 114-115, 116-117, 118, 120-121, 122-123, 124-125, 138-137, 142-143, 156-157, 210, 212-213, 256, 258-259, 260-261, 272, 274-275, 276277, 284, 286-287, 288 harold pereira: 58, 62-63 rob ponsen: 10 cepezed office ministry of public works (rijkswaterstaat): 23 westraven, black-and-white translation george hall design robbert zweegman, malden reynoud homan, muiderberg

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