De Verkenner Tower / Mei architects and planners


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  • Architects: Mei architects and planners
  • Location: Al-Masoedilaan 142, 3526 Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Undertaking Workforce: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Robert Platje, Michiel van Loon, Reinoud van der Zijde, Roy Wijte, Jelena Radonjic
  • House: 12500.zero m2
  • Undertaking Yr: 2016
  • Images: Jeroen Musch, Ossip van Duivenbode
  • Development: Technology Contour
  • Shopper: Mitros
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Textual content description equipped by means of the architects. Residential tower ‘De Verkenner’ in Utrecht (NL) offers a large impetus to the advance of the everyday post-war reconstruction district Kanaleneiland. The 50-metre-tall development, with a blended programme of housing, acts as a gatekeeper to this house. The ‘slow-made’ concrete facade with an integrated poetry paintings offers a singular id to the development.

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‘Gradual made’ facade offers De Verkenner id
The design for the facade responds to the concrete gallery-access blocks of apartments in Kanaleneiland. Against this to the horizontal articulation of those facades, the outside of De Verkenner is predominantly vertical in design. Owing to the top noise ranges on Churchilllaan, the facade this is closed in persona, however the selection of openings will increase in opposition to the highest. The facade is ‘gradual made’ with awareness relating to native fabrics and manufacturing ways. The color harmonizes with the brickwork facades of the brand new trends on Churchilllaan, however it’s built of concrete.

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The brown concrete components, each and every two flooring tall, characteristic a floor texture and aid main points. This impact is enhanced by means of the incorporation of 13,000 ceramic tiles, made by means of Royal Tichelaar Makkum -the oldest corporate within the Netherlands and world-famous for its ceramics designs. According to a design by means of visible artist Milou van Ham in collaboration with poet Tsead Bruinja, those tiles characteristic 16 other strains of poetry that lend the development an id particular to the positioning. Scant consideration is typically paid in Kanaleneiland to the completing of the undersides of balconies and galleries, components which might be obviously visual to passers-by. Mei architects and planners, due to this fact, prolonged the facade end underneath the balconies and galleries. The result’s an excessively inviting development. Through contracting the facade one by one, Mei succeeded in figuring out this distinctive facade.

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Sunny look
At the sunny and noise-free southern facet, the development is ‘hollowed out’, to be able to discuss. As many dwellings as imaginable in this facet include an outside area. To permit for optimum sunlight penetration, the balconies listed below are manufactured from ultra-strong concrete simply 7 cm thick. From the balconies, a few of which cantilever 3 metres, citizens revel in a good looking view of Utrecht and atmosphere. An enormous opening at the 10th flooring frames this improbable view. The fabrics carried out to the interior facade planes distinction starkly with the outer facades, improving the plasticity of the development. Railings in yellow glass and champagne-coloured frames imply that, even if the elements isn’t nice, De Verkenner nonetheless has a sunny and glowing look that radiates during the neighbourhood.

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Roses & Concrete Art work
As an structure workplace, Mei helps the inclusion of artwork in structures. For the artwork venture ‘Roses & Concrete’ at De Verkenner – 13,000 ceramic tiles with strains of poetry within the facade – Mei, due to this fact, commissioned visible artist Milou van Ham. She had prior to now added a layer to the ‘four Worlds’ residential development by means of Mei in Spijkenisse. Right here she integrated masses of phrases that put across the id of Spijkenisse within the facade and balcony components. For De Verkenner, Milou labored with poet Tsead Bruinja. The 16 strains of poetry shape a poetic mirrored image on friendships and family members.

Those mini-stories worry peculiar occasions and actual other people. They care for dwelling in combination in a space, a development, a neighbourhood or a town previously, provide and long run. The ceramic tiles are inserted into the facade components randomly. Because of this, the way in which you learn the strains and attach them to each other is other to a poem the place the series is fastened. In passing, you’ll be able to learn the strains in isolation, one by one from the opposite tiles. In combination they shape a numerous and thrilling composition. Since Dutch politics has limited venture building by means of housing firms, De Verkenner is for the prevailing the closing building venture with personal housing for company Mitros. Shopper Mitros is especially happy: this can be a glorious development and all dwellings had been rented ahead of final touch.

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