Coussée & Goris
Coussée & Goris Architects give Escher, the Pakhuizen, the Waterhuis and the Artist
studio's a new meaning. The basic approach of the
conversion of the existing buildings was that a function had to be
found which would revive the buildings. There has been chosen
for living areas on the upper floors and a work function on the
ground. In this video the architects share their vision and
experiences on the project. It is Dutch spoken whith English
Past and future in a single building
Every precious stone and steel part of the existing buildings on
the Stokerijstraat, is retained. The charm of the historical
monument, with its diversity of old spaces, is preserved. Its
authenticity has even been strengthened by removing all alterations
and additions that have been added onto it over the years, and by
the addition of new contrasting elements.
The conversion will revive the existing buildings by creating
living functions on the storey's and a work function on the ground
The complex of buildings is being completely cleaned out and the
old façades revealed again. The original openings, which are still
visible, are being re-opened. Where necessary for the new functions
of the building, new openings are being created, simply and
powerfully integrated into the rhythm of the existing openings. By
removing a number of buildings, some inner spaces are freed up.
Thus small squares and passages are formed, which again provide the
original buildings with light and air.
On their ground floors, the Pakhuizen have spaces for trade and services.
The openness of the existing large spaces is retained and
integrated into the new functions: the surprising qualities of the
spaces thus regain their full value.
The residential function is also provided by a new
structure on top of the existing brick buildings, so a layered
spatiality arises. Coussée & Goris conceived the new housing
volumes, in line with Escher and the Waterhuis, as loggias of columns positioned
close together. The construction of steel pillars and glass
introduce a modern freshness and create a fascinating play of
shadows, in contrast to the monolithic character of the brick
For more information about Coussée & Goris Architects please
visit their website www.coussee-goris.com