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Zilverparkkade D / René van Zuuk Architekten

  • 01:00 - 12 June, 2009
Zilverparkkade D / René van Zuuk Architekten
Zilverparkkade D / René van Zuuk Architekten

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Zilverparkkade, 8232 Lelystad, The Netherlands
  • Architect

    René van Zuuk Architekten
  • Design Team

    René van Zuuk, Kersten Scheller
  • Master Plan

    West 8, Rotterdam
  • Structural Ingeneering

    Van Rossum, Almere
  • Client

    Develop-Havelte, Lelystad
  • Building Contractor

    Ter Steege, Rijssen
  • Budget

    € 1,750,000
  • Constructed Area

    1,867 sqm
  • Area

    222.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The project derives its romantic name (Silver Park Quay) from its location: the office cluster on the Zilverparkkade in Lelystad. West 8 designed the urban plan for the area in conformity with the current trend for condensed city-centres. With an idyllic wink to the 17th century Dutch canal-houses the offices are lined up shoulder to shoulder on narrow plots. In such a compact row with a strict layout the only elements to create a discriminating identity are the facades.

All four façade surfaces in the design are either entirely or partly covered with prefabricated concrete elements, symbolizing a branch-like structure. This blown-up filigree is the result of a study of infinite patterns. The works of the Dutch graphic artist Maurits Escher have been an unmistakable model. Specific skills are required to devise a repetitive pattern that, applied in a limited number of different concrete elements, constitutes a seamless entity. The craftsmanship needed to avoid the repeating units to be too obvious, has an analogy with designing rotation press patterns for textile and wallpaper.

The façade structure continues around the corners, providing the office building a recognizable identity distinct from the adjacent properties. The south and west elevation have a double layer façade with window-cleaners' ledges in between. A profitable side-effect of these narrow balconies is their function as a barrier to prevent vertical spread of fire. As a result storey high panes of ordinary (non-heat-resistant) glass could be applied. The ledges also act as large sun protection slats. The branch structure provides an obscured vista from the outside, but from the inside the users hardly have any impairment of the view on the surroundings.

The concrete elements on the north and east façade are solid. The branch-pattern on these panels is applied in high relief en is highlighted by using two different shades of aggregates. The rear façade has an alternating structure of horizontal strips of textured concrete and windows, with a vertical cut splitting the building asymmetrically. This incision visualizes the zoning and subtly affects the repetition of the solid concrete panels.

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conversionvansforsale · October 16, 2009

Van leasing also allows for the individual to give up a van after it has been driven for a couple of years. At that time, the individual may consider the van to be outdated or they may simply not want to stay with a van that has been run down with regular use. Once the leasing period is up, the individual can simply return the van to the leasing company and enter into a new lease for a new van.

harry · October 01, 2009

It's really something, look to the branch typical Dutch architecture.

Saulo Coelho · June 15, 2009

One more decorated box. It's such a shame.

littlerock · June 15, 2009

I have the same opinion with amb!

amb · June 14, 2009

I'm not too sure about the "graphic" effect from the outside...but I love what it does on the inside, it gets both dynamic and monumental. you feel that the movement is bigger than your floor

Chiaro Scuro · June 14, 2009

I like the 2-d composition but...

If only they could have gotten more out of the concrete branches, i.e. a system of louvers that was configured to block unwanted direct light, reducing thermal gain.
...they're just pretty ;)

Flevoland · June 14, 2009

The building with the shirt button is not by them that's a building from Erick van Egeraat.

16:08:78 · June 13, 2009


Although I have to say is very interesting (only by itself) the pre-cast concrete branch structure. But then the shirt button… oh God no!

Opium · June 13, 2009

Loos will comeback from the dead to take is revenge...

jubair Sideeque · June 13, 2009

i feel it would have been better without the branches.

j · June 13, 2009

well, it looks like a normal building covered in decoration, expensive decoration.

it does look better from a distance, i guess.

2MACoff · June 13, 2009


David · June 13, 2009

"symbolizing a branch-like structure" (?). it does not sound right, I think it represents (icon) a branch-like structure and symbolizes something else, and i don't know what.. if something looks like something that's not symbolization, honestly!

doodittydoo · June 13, 2009

this architect did a lecture on his works in 2004 at the university i graduated from. every project was different. this office looks like they have fun, while at the same time get to build real buildings. great stuff!

zach · June 13, 2009

perfect display of concrete's unique ability to transform space


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