the new design for a big culture and education center by jeanne dekkers architectuur shows its city’s history by creating a special surface design in combination with bold functional shapes. located in a small dutch town sittard, the complex comprises multiple functions including an academy and a museum. 


on the square outside, a modern tower is present in the sight axis to the old church tower and the facade materials refer to the old inner city by using the same color bricks

 

 

sittard’s historic center lies amid medieval ramparts surrounded by a glacis. jeanne dekkers architectuur’s design for the development area around the old town introduces a new town heart that is both visually and physically closely related to this ancient town center.


four shades of bricks which are applied in vertical strips in a light tone, form the pallet of the exterior facades

 

 

a large square and meeting point that open onto the glacis and the old town are at the center of the design. together with a series of small and snug shopping plazas, it makes up a vital new heart.


the tower forms the central orientation and accessibility point when entering or exiting the parking garage by offering footbridges to several floors of the new building

 

 

footpaths that join up with existing routes create a logical connection between the old and the new. building volumes that house, among other things, the hogeschool zuyd, a new museum, the film house and commercial space form the natural boundary of the central square and the intimate plazas.


a shared inside square is characterized by three big volumes, which house the film and lecture halls

 

 

the various functions are tied together in a way that provides the mutual use of the facilities. a modern tower on the square is visually aligned with the church steeple. lending access to the various floors of the new buildings by footbridges, the tower forms the central access point from the car park beneath the square.


the ‘cityhall’ is designed as an extended outdoor space to strengthen the link between the outside square and the inside hall

 


the cityhall symbolizes how the different functions are interwoven which results in a shared use of facilities

 


the lecture hall

 


one of the entrances towards the flowing volumes

 


a detail of the concrete wall with the pattern of sittard’s city plan

 


exploded view

 

project info:

area: 15.000 sqm

location: sittard, the netherlands

project: academy ‘hogeschool zuyd’, museum, cinema, commercial space, housing and parking

office: jeanne dekkers architectuur

team: jeanne dekkers, anton zoetmulder, elise zoetmulder

contractor: bouwontwikkeling jongen

type: newly build

photography: hugo de jong

year: 2016 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: maria erman | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news