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Culturehouse in Arnhem

Rozet is the new address for various cultural and educational institutions in Arnhem. The mixture of Library, Heritage Centre, Art Centre and Community College gives rise to one of the most important public buildings in the city.

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects – Photography: Scagliola, Brakkee © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

In volume and articulation Rozet forms the architectonic transition between the historic and the post-war city tissue of Arnhem. The building lies at the conjunction of the Station Area and the Kerkplein (Church square), which is the central route in the urban planning for the Rijnboog quarter in Arnhem. Rozet, with its cultural and educational program, provides an anchor point on this public route and a catalyst for future urban development.

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects – Photography: Scagliola, Brakkee © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Rozet has been designed as an urban elongation of the central route between the Station Area and the Church square. The core of Rozet is formed as a glazed interior route which intersects the building on all floors. A lingering public gallery with a sequence of attractive squares which function as entrances for the various institutions and reflect the synergy between them.

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects – Photography: Scagliola, Brakkee © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Occasionally the interior street takes the shape of an exhibition hall or foyer, at other times it functions as an auditorium or an ascending reading room with study sites. The visibility of this interior street from outside as well as the apparent programming on the inside of the building in the showcase windows, led displays, book cases and illuminated billboards strengthen the public identity of the building on both street and city level.

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects – Photography: Scagliola, Brakkee © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

The facade of Rozet is aimed at expressing public identity. It is built out of sandy, vertical concrete elements, that display the building as a whole to the city. The elements feature reliefs and rosettes, giving the facade texture and the building meaning in its public supply by their analogy with knowledge. On the one hand the vertical blinds function as a fixed screen, on the other hand they allow the sunlight to enter deep into the building through high vertical windows.

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects – Photography: Scagliola, Brakkee © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

A combination of choices make Rozet into a sustainable building. The interior street operates as a climate neutral vent based on natural ventilation. The roof is entirely green. It is a combination of vegetation and a water buffer which contributes to the air-condition of the building. Birds and insects benefit from this green oasis in an urban setting. The roof accomodates furthermore solar panels which make a substantial contribution to energy requirements of the building. Lastly the thermal storage confirms Rozet to be one of the most sustainable buildings in Arnhem.

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects – Photography: Scagliola, Brakkee © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Project Info
Architects: Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Location: Arnhem, Netherlands
Artist Collaboration: Catalogtree, Arnhem
General Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Wessels Rijssen, Rijssen
Client: City of Arnhem Stadhuisplein 1 3811 LM Arnhem, the Netherlands
Architectural Engineering: ABT Adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek, Velp
Structural Engineering: Van de Laar bv, Advies- en ingenieursbureau voor bouwconstructies, Eindhoven
Building Physics: DGMR Raadgevend Ingenieurs, Arnhem
Building Services: Ingenieursburo Linssen, Amsterdam
Area: 12000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Type: Cultural Center
Photographs: Scagliola, Brakkee © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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