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Admirant e 18 September Plein / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

  • 01:00 - 21 July, 2010
Admirant e 18 September Plein / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
Admirant e 18 September Plein / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas, © Rob't Hart
© Rob't Hart

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From the architect. Following the definition of the Masterplan in 1998 for the center of Eindhoven in Holland, studio Fuksas developed the four projects associated with it: the 18-Septemberplein, a square of 7.000 m² with an underground parking lot of 2.300m² for 1.700 bicycles, the Piazza Shopping Mall, a shopping center covering approximately 20.000m² with 6.000m² of office space, the Media Market, a store for sales of electrical appliances and electronic equipment and the Admirant Entrance Building.

© Rob't Hart
© Rob't Hart

Today, with all four projects completed, it proves to be a great success in inner city redevelopment.

The Admirant entrance building is at the same time part of a newly developed shopping area by Heijmans Real Estate, a prominent Dutch building developer. It is located just at the border between the new area and the 18th September square, forming the main gateway to a new shopping axis.

This prominent position called for an iconic building, a request that the Admirant entrance building fulfils entirely. It is like a precious jewel, which attracts the public’s attention and leads pedestrians to the heart of the new district.

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© Rob't Hart

Insertion in urban environment

Due to the non-orthogonal shape, the Admirant is non-directional. If we compared the facades of ordinary buildings to billboards one would refer to the Admirant as more of an advertisement column. Its smooth curves allow a dynamic flow around it. There is no front- or backside; the building envelope is experienced continuously.

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© Rob't Hart

The Building

The building consists of two elements: the 5-storey high primary concrete structure and the glass/steel envelope. Commercial spaces are located on the ground and first level and office spaces on level three and four (plus an additional technical level). The shape of the floor slabs being determined by the form of the façade reach from 950m² on the ground floor to 250m² on the highest office level. Except for the staircase, no vertical elements block the visual connections on the inside of the building.

© Rob Hoekstra
© Rob Hoekstra

The Facade

Four big indents of the building envelope create a fascinating diversity of spatial configurations on the inside of the building. The geometry of the façade varies from vertical surfaces to amorphous shapes, which create a dynamic inside of the building and allow an experience of the facade completely detached from the floor levels. Sophisticated details of the connection of the floor edge to the facade underline this experience.

© Rob Hoekstra
© Rob Hoekstra

The facade built as today, is a result of intensive form finding during the conceptual phase and subsequent form optimization in the later stages. Its system consists of triangulated glass-faces ported by rectangular, hollow steel profiles. The outstanding design made an exceptionally high quality structural design and precise fabrication essential.

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© Rob't Hart
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Admirant e 18 September Plein / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas" 21 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/69386/admirant-e-18-september-plein-massimiliano-doriana-fuksas/>
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25 Comments

Arcitectural Photographer · June 15, 2011

Wow, very beautiful work, thanks for sharing.

rdemer · September 04, 2010

"Im the first person to build something round in the Netherlands, Everything in the Netherlands is always square and I built something round" M.Fuksas (douchebag)

Brian Diecks · July 25, 2010

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Heijmans · July 22, 2010

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haloloop · July 21, 2010

I made that shape. It was the "mozzarelle" period http://www.papanews.it/Public/... in MF office. Not bad, but completely useless and out of scale. Quite primitive technical and formal solutions.

voisin de ville · July 22, 2010 03:44 AM

en effet, l'idée de double courbure sans la double courbure, comme une nappe façon vieille image 3D à base de gros triangles.
Bof.
Mais comme toujours, des photographies suffisent-elles à ressentir la réalité d'une architecture ?

Afonso Condi · July 21, 2010

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Yorik · July 21, 2010

Haha! You feel always ready to criticize, but Fuksas always manage to disarm you in a funny and interesting way... Well done!!!

Ned A. Steinman · July 21, 2010

My WOW moment of #Architecture of the day - The Admirant - Take a look here - http://bit.ly/bh4IGn

Mia Tapilouw · July 21, 2010

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Fernanda de Carvalho · July 21, 2010

Sempre ele...Salve salve Massimiliano Fuksas!! http://lc4.in/054M

alejandro mendez · July 21, 2010

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Pusti Lisac · July 21, 2010

I can't figure out if it's supposed to look like an iron or a dustbuster. Does anyone know?

Habito Kun · July 21, 2010 07:37 PM

i will stick with dustbuster...too narrow to be an iron.... :P

kc · July 21, 2010

awesomeeee

up_today_arch · July 21, 2010

New one amazing piece of architecture by Fuksas! I so like it!
Good scaled, good shaped, well done!... It is absolutely my point of view on architecture.

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