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Culture and Education Center / Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur

  • 09:00 - 9 February, 2019
  • Curated by María Francisca González
Culture and Education Center / Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur
Culture and Education Center / Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur, © Hugo de Jong
© Hugo de Jong

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© Hugo de Jong

Text description provided by the architects. Sittard, a city in the most southern province of the Netherlands: Limburg, consists of a historical inner city with a medieval rampart surrounded by firing fields. The design for the area around the city border introduces a new city heart in a close visual and physical link to the historical inner city. A big meeting square is a crucial part of the design and opens to the firing fields and the old city centre.

© Hugo de Jong
© Hugo de Jong
Section 01
Section 01
© Hugo de Jong
© Hugo de Jong

Together with a series of intimate shopping squares this forms a new vital heart. Via pedestrian paths that connect to the old routes a logical connection between old and new arises. Building volumes in which among others Hogeschool Zuyd, a museum, a film theatre and commercial space are accommodated, form the natural limit of the central square and the intimate series of public spaces.

© Hugo de Jong
© Hugo de Jong

The Ligne-Complex is connected to the central square by introducing a ‘’CityHall’’. This shared inside square is characterized by three big spheres, which house the film and lecture halls. These volumes float in order to maximise the floor space of the CityHall and create smaller, more intimate meeting spaces in addition to the high and big hall which offers space for events. Moreover, the CityHall symbolises how the different functions are interwoven which results in a shared use of facilities.

© Hugo de Jong
© Hugo de Jong
Plan clean 01
Plan clean 01
© Hugo de Jong
© Hugo de Jong

The CityHall is designed as an extended outdoor space to strengthen the link between the outside square and the inside hall. Outside goes inside, natural stone as flooring and a concrete wall with the pattern of Sittard’s city plan characterise the hall as a covered outdoor space.

© Hugo de Jong
© Hugo de Jong

The building’s architecture is created after an analysis of size, scale, and use of materials in the historical core, the facades along the Rijksweg and their colour nuances. Four shades of bricks which are applied in vertical strips in a light tone, form the pallet of the exterior facades. By having irregular lengths, high concrete strips give size and scale to the facade. On the square outside, a modern tower is present in the sight axis to the old church tower. This tower forms the central orientation and accessibility point when entering or exiting the parking garage by offering footbridges to several floors of the new building. The facade materials refer to the old inner city by using the same colour bricks.

© Hugo de Jong
© Hugo de Jong

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Cite: "Culture and Education Center / Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur" 09 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/891968/culture-and-education-center-jeanne-dekkers-architectuur/> ISSN 0719-8884

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