emma architecten: pavilion puur at fort diemerdam 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 structureimage © john lewis marshall

next to hills and historical buildingsimage © john lewis marshall

image © john lewis marshall

image © john van helvert

windows cut through the veneer to provide viewsimage © john lewis marshall

image © john lewis marshall

entry walkwayimage © john lewis marshall

entranceimage © 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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