Cultural Center Eemhuis: Small and Large Aluminum Hemispheres on the Facade

Located in the Netherlands, Cultural Center Eemhuis is a 2014 cultural center building project completed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. With 16.000 m2 in size, this building has a facade that is studded with 2,400 small and large aluminum hemispheres.

Design

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This cultural center project can unite a number of cultural and educational institutions, including exhibition spaces, a school of arts, regional archives, and the city library. In the library, the large reading room looks like a covered piazza, extending the square’s public space into the building.

The Eemland Archives hover on top, like a silver treasure box.

 

Structure

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Located on the square, there is a semi-sunken art museum with an enfilade of smaller galleries. The dazzling crown of silver shed roofs is used for the art school in the attic storey.

The roof volume’s facade is studded with 2,400 small and large aluminum hemispheres. These hemispheres allude to the Saint George’s shield who is depicted in Amersfoort’s coat of arms.

 

Cultural Center Eemhuis Gallery

 

Photographer: Scagliola Brakkee

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