Vuurvogel nomination Building of the year 2012


Friday the 13th of april in 2012 the BNA Building of the year region South awards ceremony took place in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. The three nominated projects were discussed in detail and in the end the winner was announced: Het arresthuis of Engelman architecten. Grosfeld van der Velde architecten congratulates the winners!

Our design for childrens campus De Vuurvogel in Tilburg was described by the judge as following:

The judge calls this combination of primary school with day care, after school care and for more users accessible gym on a by houses surrounded area: the better archipuncture. The building is a spatial puzzle in terms of location and use, that within the framework of the assignment is solved by the architects in an ingenious and optimal way. The building has elegant and modest volumes, and is carefully materialized and detailed. The complex is – with regard to town-planning – sophisticated, thanks to the lifted gym. Besides that, the building is also pragmatically intelligent and interesting. With the eye on the necessary compactness, the traffic spaces are minimalized by the architect. The classrooms are placed around an atrium, which functions as a corridor and open space, with a roof window. The interior is simple and warm. Mobile closets provide shelter and flexibility. The childrens campus has two different users: the school and the after school care. These users have their own place on opposite sites of the building, but share some spaces, like the playroom and the childrens cooking cafe. This double use is desirable by both parties and is functioning that well, that now is worked on fysical passages on both floors. In materialization and use, as well as in the inventive climate system – in which fresh air is blown from above the perforated ceiling into the classrooms – this building is sustainable. Again, Pascal Grosfeld shows his proficiency and craftsmanship, despite the low-budget assignment. The office is continuously providing high leveled work and is with that a model for the architecture.