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Haarlemmermeer Central Library Culture Building, Netherlands

Kraaijvanger Urbis

The Culture Building houses one of the largest concentrations of culture in the Netherlands: a theatre, a pop stage, an art education centre and a library brought together under one undulating roof, aimed to create an open and inviting iconic arts centre, which at the same time gives enough space for the individual organisations to express themselves and be recognised as independent entities.

The Central Library is an integrated part of the Culture Building, but was fully developed as an independent entity. This is emphasized by its round shape and the single standing seam patina copper façade cladding, which smoothly follows the shape of the building. The green patina clearly stands out against the black stone of the adjacent arts education centre and the shiny aluminium of the pop stage. Also on the inside of the complex the striking green of the library is clearly visible, emphasising its identity within the building and accentuated by the strong orange (the library company colour) of the window frames.

The round shape of the library is reflected in the lay out of the interior, which is not based on a classic library concept, but on ‘client seduction’ as is also used in retailing. The collection is presented on theme based ‘islands’ and all proven principles of retailing have been implemented: genre classification (‘shops’), a clear themed routing, a store-like design (colours, material, furniture), product display, and a strong and unambiguous façade image (created by the striking green copper and the strong orange company colour).

The recognition and strong identity of the Central Library building is for the larger part clearly achieved by the copper cladding. It gives the building its very own architectural expression and character and allows to present itself as an independent organisation within the iconic Culture Building.

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Building

Owner: 
Municipality Haarlemmermeer
Completion date: 
2010
Country: 
Netherlands
City: 
Hoofddorp
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Cultural
Copper used: 
Pre-patinated
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Kraaijvanger Urbis
Address & description: 
Watertorenweg 3363063 HA Rotterdam

Copper contractors

Title: 
Ridder

Awards

Season: 
2011

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