"Living in a church in the Netherlands" is a publication published by Esail Lab, which presents the study of 4 buildings produced by 3 Dutch architectural firms. This collection presents a new case study each year. Following from previous publications, we have adapted the editorial design to the School's graphic charter. A real collaborative work has been carried out with the director of publication and director of the establishment, Pascal BERTRAND, to produce a structured, clear publication which is in line with the logic of Esail Lab.
"In this situation of living in an old church, there is a small effect of sacralization of the inhabited space. Unconventional and somewhat intimidating volumes, natural light filtered through stained glass, special acoustics, are all elements that are always present once the project is completed. They give a little sacredness to everyday life. "
LKSVDD architecten — Ronald OLTHOF
Ronald Olthof himself is the resident of God’s Loft Story. He could use all his creativity here but of course there was a financial limit. Building your own house means a lot to your professionalism. He received international attention with “God’s Loft Story ”.
He won “The National Golden Pyramid 2010” for his transformation of a church into the primary school St Plechelmus in Hengelo. He won the 2nd prize in the “International AIT Award 2012” for his homeless shelter De Herberg in Zwolle (a C2C building with the concept « a second chance for man and material »). He won the “Architectuurprijs Achterhoek 2012” and “the international residential space award 2013” for God’s Loft Story in Haarlo. He was nominated for the “Architectuurprijs Almere 2018” for his Upcycle Center Almere (a building following the concept of the circular economy, and partially made of second-hand materials).
RV Architectuur — Ruud VISSER
Ruud Visser is graduated from the Academy of Architecture Rotterdam (1998). He taught at this school from 2000 to 2006, and also at Technical University Delft from 2002 to 2004. He created Ruud Visser Architecten in 2006.
His office is located in a small village in the middle of The Netherlands. From this typical Dutch landscape we study the specifics of locations.
« Sometimes it concerns a typological study of houses built in a specific village. Other times it consists of a study of small bridges that connect houses to the street in a certain region. And it can also evolve around a study of reuse- possibilities of an existing building. These studies form the fundament underneath of the architecture of our office.
Our design process starts with the existing environment. We are inclined to the local, the small scale. But we do not merely copy it. In fact we always add as many variables as possible to the existing context: e.g. history, view, sunlight, interior plans etcetera. As a result the outcome is never predictable but always a surprise. »
Zecc architecten — Marnix van der MEER & Bart KELLERHUIS
Marnix van der Meer (1972) studied a Master in architecture at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
From 1996 - 2002 he worked at Meyer & Van Schooten Architects and in 2003 he and Rolf Bruggink started Zecc Architects in Utrecht. Since 2012 Marnix is leading Zecc Architects together with his partner Bart Kellerhuis.
Marnix was also Guest lecturer at various schools and his works are published in several magazines and books. Marnix was active committee of the aesthetics in ’s-Hertogenbosch between 2010 – 2016. Currently Marnix has a coordinating role within the team, he teaches the young architects the profession, supervises them where necessary and brings back the right qualities to every single person.
Bart Kellerhuis (1978) studied Architectural Engineering at the Arnhem University of Applied Science and he studied a Master in architecture at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, The Netherlands. From 2004 - 2007 he worked at Rappange & Partners Architects Amsterdam. Bart is working from 2008 at Zecc Architects. Bart has taught and lectured at various schools and university’s in The Netherlands. Bart gives
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