Gate House / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: Arnhem,
Project Architects: Guus Peters and Bart Schoonderbeek (Schipper Bosch)
Design Team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Team Members: Lorena Valero Miñano, Inés Quinteiro Antolín, Jaewoo Chon
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Contractor: Karbouw
Concept Phase: Guus Peters, Arne van Wees, Gen Yamamoto

Industriepark Kleefse Waard is a successful business park in Arnhem focusing on innovative technologies. The park is spacious and features numerous beautiful industrial buildings both old and new.

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One of the keys to the success of the IPKW is the safety policy; the premises are under permanent surveillance. The park is fenced and features a porter’s lodge. Visitors, employees and suppliers find their way to the terrain via this reception area. The lobby is open 24 – 7. All visitors are registered and announced and subsequently directed to their destination.

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In order to improve logistics the access road to the IPKW needed to be doubled. This meant that the existing gatehouse had to make way…

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But such heavy duty infrastructure is hidden in the first floor of the existing structure that it turned out to be impossible to demolish the building; an electronic highway is actually running through it… Cutting the wires would jeopardize the operations on the entire park. So some sort of surgery was needed.

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Part of the existing building was sliced off, the skin removed and a new body with slightly different proportions was composed around the remaining structure.
Transformative re-use.

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Below the Black Box, inside the all glass lobby two objects are placed, a back office and a front desk that features 360 views. In the lobby people can prepare for their appointment, grab a snack or a newspaper. The lobby is enveloped in single glass, which renders the building particularly transparent, much more transparent than most other present-day buildings. An intermediate climate comes into being, between the office space and the exterior.

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The box that contains the upper floor is clad in retro-reflective film. BLACK retro-reflective film… A mind-blowing counterintuitive inversion unfolds: the film has a black daytime appearance but reflects white at night…

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The specific properties of retro-reflection create intimacy; a unique relationship between the light source, the reflective object and the observer is established at every moment.

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The object will change color depending of the temperature of the light source. Brake lights will create red glow, blinkers will evoke a pulsating orange.

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Cite: "Gate House / NL Architects" 03 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=278368>
  • Rodrigo Garcia

    Nice light effect. What kind of retroreflective film did you used?