LIVING IN A CASTLE GARDEN
NEW TYPOLOGY | INTELLIGENT INTENSIFICATION | SPATIAL CONTINUITY | SUSTAINABLE | SOCIAL COHESION | MA-SSA MEANINGFUL EMPTYNESS
SCULPTURAL RESIDENTIAL BUILDING IN CASTLE PARK
This project is a winning competition design for a small residential building with apartments and community functions in the garden of the castle in Gemert, North Brabant. The proceeds of this development contribute to the maintenance of this national monument to safeguard the heritage of the castle complex for future generations.
The building is designed as an freestanding sculpture. It is situated in a landscaped ‘room’ lined by trees in the castle garden. The main volume is placed on a plinth, which is recessed into the landscape. The mass and volume of the main volume emphasize the sculptural quality, which enhances the experience of the castle garden. The housing program of the original tender request was further developed during the design phase. This was done in close collaboration with local and regional authorities, the Cultural Heritage Agency, and the National Monument Care Commission. Through this process the future residents have been given an important role in keeping the cultural history alive.
The rephrasing of the program has led to the addition of community functions, to support the educational program of the future castle museum. The ‘cour’ on the inside of the building has also been further developed into a green landscape amphitheater, which can be used for performances and performances in the summer. The final result of the design process is not only a carefully designed and sculpted building, but also a blueprint for the future development of similar national monuments.
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