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Brakke Grond, an institution in the historic inner city of Amsterdam
Brakke Grond, an institution in the historic inner city of Amsterdam

Site
Site

The classical proportions and robust palette of the existing facades and the industrial quality of the Nes inform the language of the entrance facade.
The classical proportions and robust palette of the existing facades and the industrial quality of the Nes inform the language of the entrance facade.

Ground floor plan 1 foyer 2 exhibition space 3 auditorium 4 theatre 5 bar 6 coats 7 info, tickets 8 changing room 9 workshop 10 meeting room 11 café 12 kitchen 13 dwelling 14 book stack 15 green room 16 cultural attic 17 performance space
Ground floor plan 1 foyer 2 exhibition space 3 auditorium 4 theatre 5 bar 6 coats 7 info, tickets 8 changing room 9 workshop 10 meeting room 11 café 12 kitchen 13 dwelling 14 book stack 15 green room 16 cultural attic 17 performance space

Cross section
Cross section

The courtyard garden as a stage for the city!
The courtyard garden as a stage for the city!

A suite of gallery spaces is spread over the top floor where the shed-like roof enhances the industrial ambience of the solidly finished interior.
A suite of gallery spaces is spread over the top floor where the shed-like roof enhances the industrial ambience of the solidly finished interior.

The foyer; a monumental arcade along the Nes, framing the cultural life of the institution
The foyer; a monumental arcade along the Nes, framing the cultural life of the institution




PROJECTINDEX
 
BRAKKE GROND
Technische Universiteit Delft
ARCHITECTURE

A house for lowlands culture
Design proposal to remodel Brakke Grond cultural centre in Amsterdam
Located on the Nes, a street in the historic inner city of Amsterdam, Brakke Grond is an important cultural enclave for Dutch speakers. It provides an international platform for emerging talent in the visual and performing arts from the Netherlands and Flanders.
The following themes were key to my design proposal to remodel Brakke Grond with a floor surface area of 8000 square metres. Continuity as well as discontinuity in the built heritage of the city figured prominently, as did the presence of cultural spaces that facilitate participation. Then there are everyday spaces varying between those with familiar domestic proportions to monumental industrial spaces. Lastly there are fixed, inflexible spaces that can accommodate varied use. These form a permanent backdrop to a constantly changing cultural programme.