Coussée & Goris
Coussée & Goris Architects give the Pakhuizen,
and the Artist
studio's a new meaning.
In this video the architects share their vision and experiences on
the project. It is Dutch spoken whith English subtitles.
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
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
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