Mixed Use

2009/05/11 § Leave a comment

This project at the University of Twente in the Netherlands by Arons en Gelauff Architecten is an interesting combination of student housing, social center, and sport venue. It is long established that dutch architects have a wonderful sense of place and density in public – private partnerships , but this is an added bonus. A program normally specified for the inside of a limited use building (climbing gym) becomes a density measure that adds value to a project by placing a use onto a surface that would otherwise be nothing more than enclosure, i.e. exterior cladding. The project reminds me to question uses for roofs, walls, and sidewalks. In New York, for example, there are times when I am delighted to see basketball courts on top of small school buildings, yet I am always suggesting that I want to see more. Case in Point.

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