A new building for the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam
Design Task Spring Semester 2011
Brakke Grond (literally salty ground) is a Flemish Cultural Centre in Amsterdam.
Details of its program can be found on www.brakkegrond.nl
It occupies an interesting and complex site in the centre of the city, between the following streets:
Nes, St Pietershalsteeg, Enge Lombardsteeg and the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal.
To the west is a small public square facing Nes, along the north and south sides are older buildings, sometimes very old with very abstract facades and an occasional beautiful stone door.
To the east it backs against fine houses along the canal. The south part of Nes is alive with theatres and restaurants, the north part has been spoiled by bad building.
Brakke Grond occupies a number of different buildings, some older, others more recent and less interesting. As an ensemble it is delightful, a place of real character, and warmth and a great asset to the city.
I am going to ask you to tear it all down and build something of equal character.
The task is to design plans and façades together to make a building that is both beautiful and engages with its sensual and social surroundings.
I will give a series of short lectures on these subjects early in the program and will speak to each of you about your work every time I come to ETH.
After a short period of initial design we will visit the location and the following day have a workshop with my Dutch Colleagues at TU Delft.
Introduction: Tuesday 22nd February 2011 at 10:00 am in our Studio HIL F61
Exercise Type: E (Entwurf ohne integrierte Disziplin); work in teams of two
Visit to the location in Amsterdam and workshop at TU Delft:
8th - 9th March 2011
(travel and accomodation at students‘ own cost)
Contact: Studio HIL F61 / Office HIL H48 / email@example.com / www.tonyfretton.com