Located in Zwolle, the Netherlands, the complex aims to link the Westenholte and Stadshagen districts and connect with a large and diverse group of users. It takes advantage of the height differences found at the site, with a considerable share of the complex situated below ground. Taking this position in the landscape as a point of departure, the complex seems to almost literally fold open thanks to its striking roof, which opens out onto the key public zones.
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The exterior is dominated by a zigzagging roof surface, while the slopes of the surrounding landscape and the building intersect half-way along the side wall, where the design incorporates a grand entrance area. Both entrances come together at a recess in the façade, where they are linked by a staircase.
“In our view, a public building’s appeal isn’t always determined by its transparency. It’s also about drawing people in and veiling what they see,” said the architects.
+ MoederscheimMoonen Architects
Photos by Harry Noback & Maarten Sipma