monadnock's abstract tower in the netherlands provides a landmark for nieuw bergen
monadnock's abstract tower in the netherlands provides a landmark for nieuw bergen monadnock's abstract tower in the netherlands provides a landmark for nieuw bergen
jan 29, 2016
monadnock's abstract tower in the netherlands provides a landmark for nieuw bergen


monadnock’s abstract tower in the netherlands provides a landmark for nieuw bergen
all images by stijn bollaert

 

 

 

as part of nieuw bergen’s village renewal plan, rotterdam-based architecture practice monadnock has designed a landmark building that demarcates the adjacent marketplace as a clear and collective space. offering views of the neighboring nature reserve, the scheme combines an abstract tower with a base that accommodates facilities for the local community. while the lower building is clad with a combination of green and red bricks, the upper tower has been constructed using a brazilian bond with openings that allow light inside. as the design aims to be both accessible and tactile, the built form has been conceived as a small object that appears abstract from afar yet intimate at close range.

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the scheme forms part of nieuw bergen’s village renewal plan

 

 

 

in a landscape where every small village from afar can be identified by the silhouette of its own church tower, nieuw-bergen lacked such a clear landmark,’ explained monadnock. ‘recently, this need was granted by providing the realization of a landmark building that is part of the village renewal plan.’ the design team drew influence from historical dutch trade structures — oddly proportioned volumes found adjacent to market squares in medieval cities across the netherlands. the base takes on the appearance of a house, existing at a scale comfortable with the surrounding urban fabric. this lends the scheme a sense of convention, despite the two abstract towers situated above.

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the lower building is clad with a combination of green and red bricks

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the project demarcates the adjacent market square as a clear and collective space

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the built form has been conceived as an object that appears abstract from afar

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the upper tower has been constructed using a brazilian bond

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small openings allow light inside the structure

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the design team drew influence from historical dutch trade structures

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the base takes on the appearance of a house, existing at a scale comfortable with the surrounding urban fabric

 

drawings

full article here

 

project info:

 

architects: monadnock
location: nieuw-bergen, the netherlands
completion date: may, 2015
project type: towerbuilding / watchtower
year: 2015
project team: sandor naus, job floris, rebecca aguilera
client: concept-NL project development
structural engineer: bolwerk wekers
project manager: monton
urbanism: LOS / stad om land
main contractor: burgtbouw
photography: stijn bollaert

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