wiel arets architects unites campus hoogvliet in rotterdam
 
wiel arets architects unites campus hoogvliet in rotterdam wiel arets architects unites campus hoogvliet in rotterdam
feb 08, 2014

wiel arets architects unites campus hoogvliet in rotterdam

wiel arets architects unites campus hoogvliet in rotterdam
photo © jan bitter
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located just outside of rotterdam in the netherlands, ‘campus hoogvliet’ is a cluster of buildings that together compose one diverse, yet united project. designed by wiel arets architects, the six structures include a sports center, an art studio, a safety academy, 100 residential units within one building, and two schools. immediate surroundings are characterized by mid-twentieth century housing developments, constructed at the end of WWII. the scheme aims to rectify the social and cultural deterioration that coupled the demolition of this once historic village.

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glazing surrounding every building is fritted with an abstracted, pixilated image of ivy, so as to create an exterior terrace that is both transparent and private. a white ring surrounds each structure and denotes the transition from public tarmac to private terrace, each programmed with bike parking and play areas.

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the sports center seats 300 people and overlooks the multi-purpose activity space, which functions as an exercise area for students. this volume is the largest of the campus’ six buildings and has been elevated in order to accommodate a parking garage. an outdoor basketball court occupies the roof of the sports center’s ground floor, perpendicular to a monumental staircase that enables views across the site.

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internal balustrades are finished with colored glass unique to each building, establishing a strong visual identity. custom-designed white terrazzo seating dots the campus’ programmed tarmac, and japanese maples set in custom-designed black terrazzo planters permeate each fenced terrace. the entirety of the tarmac, and each terrace, is illuminated at night uniting the campus.

wiel arets architects campus hoogvliet designboom
photo © jan bitter

wiel arets architects campus hoogvliet designboom
photo © jan bitter

wiel arets architects campus hoogvliet designboom
photo © jan bitter

wiel arets architects campus hoogvliet designboom
photos © jan bitter

wiel arets architects campus hoogvliet designboom
photo © jan bitter

wiel arets architects campus hoogvliet designboom
photo © jan bitter

wiel arets architects campus hoogvliet designboom
photo © jan bitter

 

 

project info:

 

location: rotterdam, the netherlands
typology: educational, housing, retail, school, sport
size: 41,100 sqm
date of design: 2007-2009
date of completion: 2014
project team: wiel arets, bettina kraus, joris van den hoogen, jos beekhuijzen, mai henriksen
collaborators: jochem homminga, joost korver, marie morin, julius klatte, olivier brinckman, sjoerd wilbers, raymond van sabben, benine dekker, maron vondeling, anne-marie diderich
client: woonbron
consultants: ABT BV, wetering raadgevende ingenieurs BV

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