The power plant holds two gas turbines that generate on-demand electricity while providing district heating for the community’s buildings. This makes the facility two times more efficient than plants that generate energy alone, but this also means that the plant has to be located in the community it serves. To celebrate the building as the community’s hearth, the designers decided to tile it in iconic Delftware glazed tiles that commemorate the Netherlands native and communicate the function of the building they clad.
The simple but expansive scale of the building makes it the largest delftware artwork in the Netherlands! We are very excited to see new buildings that create a sense of place and contribute to their surrounding community by telling the story of the people who live and have lived there. Hugo Kaagman states “The scale of the ornaments on the tower is bigger, like the motives on the corners of the building that seem to hold the building together. The tower is reminiscent of a church tower. At the top is the sun motif composed of tulips with the symbolism of the solar rays, so it is a temple of energy.”
+ Cie Architects
+ Hugo Kaagman
This makes perfect sense to me. There is a tradition of using Delftware tiles to make masonry heaters or to use them as backing panels on cast iron stoves. This co-generation plant is a heater for the town. Why not make it look like a tegelkachel? (kachelofen)
It's actually interesting, but weird. Where as in the past architects were commissioned even when they designed industrial buildings. If you want a power plant done right, look no further than New York City's 58th street IRT Powerhouse. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e6/W58th_St_IRT_power_jeh.JPG
Recently the Stadshaard of Enschede was selected by the readers of the NRC Handelsblad as being 'the ugliest building of the Netherlands'. The editor of this Dutch newspaper was surprised by this choice and concludes that striking architecture always tends to be controversial. Architect Branimir Medić is content with the outcome: "The difference between ugly or beautiful is often minute. If you asked people to select the most beautiful building they might end up picking the Stadshaard as well. See video the making of http://t.co/lRtW70z
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A swing... and a miss. I'm glad that (apparently by virtue of osmosis) at least something of my previous comments has penetrated the thick skulls of the lads running this blog: good design blends into it's local environment. Now, I just wish the volks responsible for this post would start using their judgment or their eyes instead of copying press-releases verbatim. Look at the buildings in the background. Does this monstrosity meld with them in any meaningful way what so ever? Correct answer: no.
Whata beautiful building! I could sit in front of it for hours!
@drdea: I guess that was a blotched cut&paste job. The source article read: "Its basic form is simple, while its elevations are clad in one-metre-square panels with expressive motifs and figurative depictions." This solves the confusion. The tiles themselves are not real tiles, of course, wonder what material was used for the panels. Being Dutch, I would have hoped for a less pop-artsy variety. I've seen several really old (16th C) tiles with hand painted motifs, and they are way more delicate and beautiful than these travesties.
"power plant clad in one square meter of beautiful Delftware tiles" I think it must be about 3 orders of magnitude more than that.