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Design for a sustainable future TEXT: ELLA PUT | PHOTOS: ARCHIPELONTWERPERS AND GERRIT SCHREURS
Did you know that doubling the concentration of inhabitants in a city results in a saving of 15 per cent on infrastructure, energy and pollution? Compact cities produce substantially less carbon emissions compared to small villages. Understanding the power of a compact city plan, Archipelontwerpers creates universally applicable design for a sustainable future. Situated in the harbour of The Hague, the office of Archipelontwerpers is just a stone’s throw away from many of the innovative projects it has worked on throughout its 25 years of experience. This includes the harbour itself. “The harbour was home to several extraordinary buildings, such as old warehouses which were no longer being used,” owner of Archipelontwerpers Eric Vreedenburgh explains. “These warehouses were 30 | Issue 59 | November 2018
scheduled to be demolished. However, when we were asked to design a redevelopment plan for the harbour, we discovered that we didn’t have to start from scratch. By renovating the warehouses and placing steel penthouses on their rooftops, with breathtaking views over the water, the harbour is given a new lease of life. This proved to be a successful approach. Ever since Archipelontwerpers’ redesign of the harbour area, it now houses many offices, start-ups and private homes. This is the architecture firm’s hidden strength, and it has applied this to many other projects such as the Steel Study House II in Leeuwarden, inspired by the functional Bauhaus mindset, as well as the construction of the hypermodern transformation known as Huis Cats, in Bergen op Zoom.
As an architectural office set for the future, Archipelontwerpers is a multidisciplinary company. It is therefore no surprise that ‘archipel’, meaning archipelago, is not only part of the company’s name but also its vision. “The many islands of an archipelago are in some
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.