Manor Province Utrecht. Impressions: Proloog
Keeping it fresh TEXT: FRANK VAN LIESHOUT | PHOTOS: ZECC ARCHITECTS
With a clear vision and plenty of passion, Zecc Architects creates visually stunning designs underpinned by sophisticated functionality and smart, sustainable solutions for your home. “Passion, inspiration and enthusiasm are some of our core values,” says Zecc creative director Bart Kellerhuis. “But we always make sure we balance our creative flair with a well-researched plan and a budget to match.” Since Bart joined as a partner in 2008 to lead the firm alongside general manager Marnix van der Meer, Zecc has been growing steadily to now having 22 staff in 2019. “Just the right size to keep a nice balance,” Bart smiles. “It allows us to take on large projects while at the same time 24 | Issue 68 | August 2019
retaining a real family feel and can-do mentality within the organisation, so we can give all of our clients our full focus and dedication.” Over the last ten years, Zecc has built a reputation for original residential developments – often in urban densification areas – as well as many high-profile transformations. Standout projects include the design of the temporary residence for the Dutch Parliament in The Hague and the transformation of Utrecht’s former post office to house the city’s new public library.
al process to find the optimal functional design. If a client wants to have 20- by ten-feet glass patio doors leading onto the garden, that might not always be great in terms of functionality, but it will be stunning to look at and give a fantastic feel to the area.” From its end, Zecc also maintains a clear profile of what they stand for. “We have a penchant for more daring designs, and in every project we undertake, we have the
Think outside the box Maybe not as well known, but equally important, is their work in the private sector. “Working with private clients allows you more freedom to think outside of the box, rather than following a completely ration-
Bart Kellerhuis (left) and Marnix van de Meer (right). Photo: Inge Snelders