V959 Cultural Centre for Community Arts
Transformation of the viaduct 959 and adjoining area by reuse of local urban, architectural and cultural qualities.
What do we do with the past-war developments? We judge them according to modern thinking culture and, very often, the period between 60s and 80s is approached negatively. We think that there is no identity in those developments and we would better destroy them and built something new. However, often we miss the hidden, from the first glance, meaning of the objects in those developments that actually through the years have been forming very local identity in these “generic” neighbourhoods. Therefore, to reinforce the local identity we should not think about total demolishing, but think of restructure: rebuilding from existing and adding new elements.
My graduation project focuses on creating new urban and cultural identity on western part of Buikslotemeerplein, where Waddenweg viaduct (recorded as bridge number 959) is located, just couple of minutes’ walk from metro station Noord, opened last year. The viaduct itself has been shaping space on the square, giving it a rhythm, for 50 years since it was developed. Therefore, it became an important urban object for the place. Its modernist appearance is following the design strategy for all bridges and viaducts in the area that gives a certain identity to the neighbourhoods around. Yet the area lacks cultural activities, despite highly diverse, fast growing community, eager to express its creativity.
Centre V959 is designed to hold community arts activities that allow local people to tell their stories through art, such theatre, graphic arts, dance and many more. The centre is constructed from the elements of existing viaduct, on its original place, to preserve and rethink local identity, but also stressing importance of sustainable and circular economy principles in new developments. Except of original supporting structure that is used as a surface for street art, all the detachable viaduct elements, including beams, stairs, bus stops, street lights, are reintegrated into new design both inside and outside to create new unexpected architecture and landscape from the familiar, generic infrastructure object. Flexibility of spaces and transformable structures provide possibilities for various use of the building and inside-outside interaction. Outside public spaces are following the structure of the building, creating continuous cultural landscape. Altogether, it creates a place to stay, to explore, to express, to surprise and to be surprised.
Afstudeercommissie: Machiel Spaan (mentor), Judith Korpershoek en Furkan Köse. Toegevoegde leden t.b.v. het examen: Rik van Dolderen en Jochem Heijmans.