derksen windt architecten fuse pumping station + playground
derksen windt architecten fuse pumping station + playground derksen windt architecten fuse pumping station + playground
oct 24, 2013

derksen windt architecten fuse pumping station + playground

derksen windt architecten fuse pumping station with playground
all images courtesy of derksen windt architecten




renovating a deserted pumping station in the netherlands, dutch firm derksen windt architecten have incorporated a transparent aluminum façade that wraps around an attached playing field. situated in the far corner of a residential area, the site is enclosed by two roads that lie hidden behind a large green belt – there is little activity except for a small school and a cycle lane. wanting to change the atmosphere of the isolated corner, the architects sought to upgrade the building and its immediate surroundings. the expansion of the brick structure seamlessly merges into its environment, with the new transparent edge forming a playground square.



the façade has a transparent view through to the original pumping station building



perforated aluminum fencing creates a semi-transparent layer over the existing structure and helps to fuse the building with the square. an optimal ratio was found between the paneled façade and circular perforations, allowing a transparent view through to the original pumping station. depending on the vantage point, the form and line of the fencing frame the space, from other angles the building, and at certain points the landscape and square – contributing to a positive sense of tension between the different volumes.


‘the design becomes more than a fence or a pumping station. it becomes a fusion of the three elements (building, square and fence).’ says the architects.



the entrance to the playing field



in order to make the area safe also at night, lighting shines through the semi-transparent panels, making the square glow from within. the perforated aluminum façade creates a seamless blending of the building and the adjacent square, successfully upgrading the overall character of the area.



the transparent aluminum façade



the open line of fencing next to the cycle lane



the overhang of the aluminum façade is well-proportioned, helping to connect with the fencing



light is incorporated into the design to create a more safe and interesting atmosphere



light shines from behind the semi-transparent panels



interior of the pumping station



the pumping station is situated in the far corner of a residential area, enclosed by two roads that lie hidden behind a green belt



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