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Blok1 / GROUP A

  • 01:00 - 2 May, 2010
Blok1 / GROUP A
Blok1 / GROUP A, © Scagliola/Brakkee
© Scagliola/Brakkee

© Scagliola/Brakkee © Scagliola/Brakkee © Scagliola/Brakkee © Scagliola/Brakkee +14

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect

  • Project Team

    Adam Visser, Folkert van Hagen, Maarten van Bremen, Birgitta Rottmann, Edwin Larkens, Jos Overmars, Mike von Tiesenhausen, Fatima El-bouyahyaoui, David Moreno Romero, Paulo Moreno, Nolly Vos, Daniël Gijsbers, Niclas Frenning
  • Structural Engineer

  • Client

  • Contractor

    Klaasens Bouwtechniek
  • Installations

    Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs
  • Year Of Commision

  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Student housing tower Blok 1 serves as a landmark and a visual beacon of change and renewal for the Presikhaaf area. The buiding is part of a larger redevelopment scheme, which foresees in the partial demolition of post-war housing estates in the neighbourhood, giving way to new, more upmarket, housing developments. Additionally, student housing is included in the scheme, as the presence of students will lead to differentiation and rejuvenation of the neighbourhood. Thus, the tower provides Presikhaaf with a much needed social impulse.

© Scagliola/Brakkee
© Scagliola/Brakkee

The ten storey building is situated on an isolated site, surrounded by green areas. Its solitary character is enhanced by the building's all-round orientation and façades, which are punctuated by a large number of windows, making the building look bigger than it actually is. This particular fenestration makes that no two dorms have the same layout.

© Scagliola/Brakkee
© Scagliola/Brakkee

The façade is covered by panels with a slightly differing finish, creating a subtle pattern. The dark brown colour gives the building a natural feel, and makes it fit into the surrounding green area.

© Scagliola/Brakkee
© Scagliola/Brakkee

The ground floor comprises support facilities for the students, technical areas and commercial units. Each of the nine upper floors is laid out with ten dorms. The top floor will be used as a communal roof terrace. Within the restricted budget, GROUP A has been able to create a number of high quality solutions, like the large windows on the corners and the roofterrace with its nice views.

© Scagliola/Brakkee
© Scagliola/Brakkee
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sullka · May 04, 2010

Pretty cool project, the facade patterns and windows does bumps up the scale.

Just 2 concerns/doubts:

1- Can someone from the netherlands chime in and explain why the small enclosed vestibule by the elevator?, seems to be triggered by some "absurd" code restriction, same for the vestibule outside the stairs, why 2 set of doors?

2- I know it's student housing, and I'm aware of budget constrains, but would it hurt that much to give just a few rows more of floor tiling in some of the bathrooms? Some of them are almost prison cell like, the shower area (if you can call it that) seems to be smaller than the sink itself.

Nicholas Patten · May 04, 2010

Nicely Designed: Blok1.

bluevertical · May 03, 2010

Blok1 Student Housing by Group A #architecture #interiordesign *nice student housing in the netherlands

Home Decor News · May 03, 2010

Blok1 / GROUP A #architecture

DAVID · May 02, 2010

It's ok. Not more.

Architekt R V Scholz · May 02, 2010

#architekt Blok1 / GROUP A: © Scagliola/Brakkee
Architect: GROUP A
Location: Arnhem, The Nethe... #in

arnold · May 02, 2010

I like the simplicity of this project.

I understand, that the budget didn't allowed to accept more interestings, becouse they cost money, but that I can see in this building - there are so many good Ideas germs, who could develop in good and nice houses in the future.

Only the one remark from me: if this building is for students (young people), it could be more lighter and cheerful in the exterior and interior too.. :-)

Thank You. It's realy good.


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