On Wednesday, April 8, Amsterdam city planning councilman Maarten van Poelgeest announced Arons en Gelauff Architects as the winner of the adaptive reuse design competition for the two former sewage treatment silos in Amsterdam’s Zeeburg district: the Annie MG Schmidt House. Annie MG Schmidt (1911-1995) is Holland’s most famous author of children’s books.
The winning plan is a mutifunctional cultural center, housing a wide range of diverse activities, including a spectacular open rooftop playground on one silo, and restaurant Praq op ‘t daq built on the rooftop of the other. The doors to the exhibition spaces and media center, movie theater and theater hall, tower room and shops, as well as those of the restaurant, are open seven days a week the whole year through, welcoming visitors and locals alike. The project breathes new life into the silos, transforming them into an inspiring and lively place which will help shape the character of the new Zeeburgereiland housing district.
Here some more information from the architects:
Multifunctional Cultural House (4,000 mÂ²)
1,250 mÂ² World of Annie M.G. Schmidt (museum, media center, souvenir shop)
700 mÂ² theater, dressing rooms and foyer 450 mÂ² cinema and foyer 600 mÂ² restaurant and cafe 1,000 mÂ² office space plus 350 mÂ² rooftop playground
Developer design competition presented by De Alliantie/AM Vastgoed/ Annie MG Schmidt Huisn foundation, restaurant Praq, Rob Aben (garden) and Janneke Hooymans (This is Jane, interior).
Two former sewage treatment silos in Amsterdam are scheduled to be renovated and in our plan receive a new function as a multifunctional cultural house, bearing the name of the Netherland’s most famous children’s book author, Annie M.G. Schmidt.
The building’s plan allows the various programs to function completely independently of one another. This makes it possible for all of the center’s various functions to entertain visitors simultaneously, and ensures that the silos are intensively used in the evenings as well as during the day.
Different rooftop functions and skins provide each of the silos with its own identity. One silo has a steel sheath perforated with text, which at night is illuminated from behind. The silo’s rooftop restaurant provides a panoramic view of the entire city. The other silo, whose programs don’t require daylight, is covered with ivy and has a large rooftop playground, which is connected to the other silo’s rooftop restaurant.
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