ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

h

Nominate now the Building of the Year 2017 »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Cultural Center
  4. The Netherlands
  5. Onix
  6. Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix

  • 01:00 - 18 May, 2011
Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix
Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix, Courtesy of  onix
Courtesy of onix

Courtesy of  onix Courtesy of  onix Courtesy of  onix Courtesy of  onix +8

From the architect. Architectonic compactness The concept was to install a huge piece of furniture. This intervention in situ effects a number of structural improvements to the study centre, the art lending library and the exhibition space. This huge piece of furniture punches through the façade and thus it also marks the entrance from the street, where it presents itself as a cross-section in the screen. Behind this ‘frontage’ it guides visitors to the lending counter and the study centre on the ground floor, and then via the ramp-staircase to the art library on the floor above. 

Courtesy of  onix
Courtesy of onix

This huge piece of furniture integrates all these functions and movements in a single form. It leads visitors past the zigzag table, the ‘communicator’, the round table, the ramp-staircase, the stair-cupboard, the ‘fort’, the hanging cupboards and the undulating floor. The design assimilates all the functions in a hyper-functional way and ‘freezes’ them in a permanent form.

Courtesy of  onix
Courtesy of onix

The art of omission The exhibition spaces with the offices behind them stand adjacent to the area where the mega piece of furniture stretches out. These already existed, and only a few strictly functional changes were made, such as moving the doors. This part of the Centre for the Visual Arts (CBK) is the ‘free zone’, where the user should be able to do as they please because of the many changing exhibitions. The signature of the architect is deliberately omitted here. In this zone, the art of omission prevails in the literal sense, exemplified by the dismantling of wooden details on columns and railings, so that the building is as bare as possible. The floor of the exhibition space, which is painted grey, is the only coordinating link with the other parts of the CBK.

Courtesy of  onix
Courtesy of onix

Transformation over time Since there is an open connection between the two zones and they overlap, there is interaction between them. They do not remain isolated. A new function comes into being between the two zones, with the possibility of using the ramp-staircase as a podium or as a bench. Users sense this ambiguity. They learn to deal with a field of tension between freedom and dogma, between consumption and production, which prompts discussion about modes of presentation. The differentiation and the openness create a situation in which the CBK is repeatedly confronted with its objectives and the question of how best to achieve them.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix" 18 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/131678/oosterpoort-cultural-centre-onix/>
Read comments

17 Comments

Andres Osorio · June 09, 2011
Edward Dumpe · May 20, 2011

I love the wood installation of the Oosterpoort Cultural Centre By Onix of the Netherlands: http://t.co/J1ng9OI via @archdaily

mmmh... · May 19, 2011

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix http://zite.to/moRl3w via @Ziteapp #architecture

Alex Cortney · May 19, 2011

via @cindyvriend Groningen: Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix | ArchDaily http://t.co/4pPOcM4 /via @Jankovitch #architecture @Peepsqueak

Cindy Vriend · May 19, 2011

Groningen: Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix | ArchDaily http://t.co/4pPOcM4 /via @Jankovitch #architecture RT @Peepsqueak

Connie Handscomb · May 19, 2011

Groningen: Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/ioJsqx /via @Jankovitch #architecture

jan kovitch · May 18, 2011

Groningen: Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/ioJsqx

r s · May 18, 2011

ArD Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix: © Onix Architects: Onix Location: Groningen, The… http://goo.gl/fb/FAVMk

yuji haniyuda · May 18, 2011

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix | ArchDaily http://t.co/eZ0LABt via @archdaily

Erik Joya · May 18, 2011

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix: © Onix Architects: Onix Location: Groningen, The… http://goo.gl/fb/yrJAm

Santi Maggio Savasta · May 18, 2011

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix | ArchDaily http://t.co/t7q5EnC via @archdaily #Architecture #Architettura

Architecture+Molding · May 18, 2011

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix: Architects: Onix Location: Groningen, The Netherlands Photographs: Courtesy... http://bit.ly/jbDXwN

p/a/n/g/e/r/a/n · May 18, 2011

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix via ArchDaily - © Onix Architects: Onix Location: Groningen, The ... http://tinyurl.com/6z4gx5l

Barry Maguire · May 18, 2011

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix via ArchDaily - © Onix Architects: Onix Location: Groningen, The ... http://tinyurl.com/3tywty7

Archibuilt 2010 · May 18, 2011

Archi. Spotlight: Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix: Architects: Onix Location: Groningen, The Netherlands Pho... http://bit.ly/k8YGn1

Mr.Con · May 18, 2011

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix: Architects: Onix Location: Groningen, The Netherlands Photographs: Courtesy... http://bit.ly/iImSXC

Archiburner · May 18, 2011

Oosterpoort Cultural Centre / Onix: Architects: Onix Location: Groningen, The Netherlands Photogr... http://bit.ly/iImSXC #architecture

···

Comments are closed

Read comments
Courtesy of  onix

Oosterpoort 文化中心 / Onix