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emma architecten: pavilion puur at fort diemerdam
nov 01, 2012
emma architecten: pavilion puur at fort diemerdam


‘pavilion puur’ by emma architecten, amsterdam, holland
image © john van helvert
all images courtesy of emma architecten

situated in fort diemerdam along amsterdam’s historic defense line amongst the historical bunker and guardian house recently
declared a world heritage site, dutch practice emma architecten‘s ‘pavilion puur’ begins the revival project to host educational
and social events. inhabiting the existing footprint of the previous soldier’s shelter, the massing takes cues from the immediate
landscape, where rolling hills are directly reflected in the wave-like curving form. the old law of circles, or ‘kringenwet,’
states that all buildings erected within shooting distance of the cannons must be made of wood, informing the material choice of the
shingles and structural ribs that constitute the curled undulating walls. as a result, the climatic conditions will slowly change
the aesthetic of the timber skin, expressing the character of the structure.

at entry level, the floor is sunken 60 centimeters below grade, paying homage to the safety of the barracks that once occupied the space,
with a subterranean basement that has a rear exit surfacing near the parking. throughout the sequence of the interior, several openings
peel the timber veneer apart to offer glimpses of the restored monuments outside. a light steel structure supports the exterior lumber,
with polished concrete floors poured over corrugated metal sheets, with glass walls that expose themselves as the skin of the building
is lifted off the ground. the program includes a bar, event room, kitchen, rooftop terraces, and exhibit space.


image © john van helvert


image © john lewis marshall


green space surrounds the structure

image © john lewis marshall


next to hills and historical buildings

image © john lewis marshall



image © john lewis marshall



image © john van helvert


windows cut through the veneer to provide views

image © john lewis marshall



image © john lewis marshall


entry walkway

image © john lewis marshall


entrance

image © john lewis marshall


main space
image © john van helvert


(left) exterior wood shingles wrap into the interior around the stairs
(right) wood plank ribs

images © john lewis marshall


bar and seating area
image © john van helvert


image © john van helvert


upstairs event space
image © john van helvert


steel frame supports the structure
image © john van helvert


spill-out space
image © john van helvert


site plan


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1


floor plan / level -1


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elevation


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