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Discover Benelux | Design & Innovation | cepezed
easier and faster to assemble. We have taken this material and used it for buildings. We also developed it further to create curved walls,” he explains. Another example is a semi-sheer type of textile mainly used for large, outdoor tents. The fabric is made out of fibre glass coated with water-repellent Teflon. “It shields you from the weather, rain and wind, but it does let in a lot of sunlight and fresh air,” he continues enthusiastically. “These qualities make it an optimal material for a façade or balcony panels.” The importance of natural light is something many people underestimate: “Remember, artificial light has only really existed for 100 years, before that we’ve always lived on a day-night routine. We need sunlight. Getting the most natural light into a building is extremely stimulating for the users, so that is what we try to achieve.” The sun is also our most important source of energy, and the team at cepezed makes sure to get the most out of it. Through integrated solar panels and optimising the
use of heat from the sun, energy use can be kept low creating more sustainable, eco-friendly buildings. “This also applies to air, for example. We try to create a flow that uses warm air in several spaces before it is blown outside,” he comments.
Solving architectural puzzles Optimising a building’s design, to create a pleasing, organised and intuitive structure always starts as a puzzle for cepezed. But that the team is very successful at solving them is showcased by the number of prizes the company gets nominated for and wins. For their entire portfolio, in 2008 cepezed even attained the highest Dutch architectural Award, the Kubus, bestowed by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA). One project that did prove a bit of a challenge was the creation of a temporary theatre inside a church, which had to be delivered within eight months. Through using an innovative approach, the project wasn’t just delivered in time, it turned out so successful that it will be kept permanently. “The church itself was beautiful, so we wanted to keep that as it was.
In a sort of kit-construction we slotted pre-fabricated components into the church, creating a wonderful contrast of old and new,” Schleurholts says. This way of working is characteristic of cepezed. By using components that can be pre-fabricated, costs can often be kept down, construction can be completed earlier and buildings become more flexible. “It’s all about making better use of what’s already out there; build in a smarter way. Using the kit-construction approach allows for buildings to be changed easily, making them more adjustable to future uses and thereby more productive,” he continues. Through their expertise, cepezed has worked on many different types of building and this year they will finish the design for a new hospital in Heerhugowaard. Having put all their knowledge and skills together, this puzzle will sure prove another one solved to satisfaction. www.cepezed.nl
OPPOSITE PAGE: Nutricia Research, Utrecht NL (2013). Photo: Jannes Linders. TOP LEFT: European Space Innovation Centre (ESIC), Noordwijk NL (2011). Photo: Jannes Linders. BOTTOM LEFT: New headquarters 3M, Delft NL (2014). Photo: Rene de Wit. RIGHT: Westraven office complex, Utrecht NL (2007). Photo: Jannes Linders.
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