Heerlijkheid Hoogvliet

Hoogvliet Herlijkeid by Fashion, Architecture Taste (Fat) Hoogvliet, Rotterdam

The Heerlijkheid Hoogvliet designed by Fashion Architecture Taste (FAT) is a park and community centre on the outskirts of Hoogvliet, a satellite of Rotterdam, which provides a sense of community cohesion to the town’s disparate population.

Built on a site neighboring a highway and the biggest oil refinery in the world, Heerlijkheid profoundly reflects the surrounding landscape, which is both natural and industrial. The Villa, the centrepiece of the new park, is a strict blue industrial structure wrapped in a timber facade crowned by a strip of raw wooden planks and a yellow forest-like entrance made out of golden polyurethane. “There is a dialogue between the villa and the landscape that revolves around the strange condition of Hoogvliet – that is both a highly industrial place, with smokestacks and fire on its horizon from the refinery, with large scale infrastructure from the port, yet also has an abundance of nature,” says Sam Jacob, co-director of FAT. The forest-like entrance, be it a form of architectonic statement or not, “is a way of making something ‘natural’ in an artificial and industrial way,” Jacob explains.

The Villa’s plethoric character derived from “an idea of allowing the architecture to be explicitly narrative… and from an intention to tell the story of Hoogvliet through the building’s form,” he says. Designed to host a wide range of events – it has a party room, a cafe, a cinema and a projection room – the Villa became a design challenge in that sense. “But the solution is far from high-tech,” Jacob explains, continuing,“ the building’s interior simplicity allows it to function freely in many ways. Practical issues of blackout versus natural light, or sound insulation against openness had to be balanced in a way that could allow the wide variety of users required.”

Full feature in Issue 24 Autumn 2011 click here

Words by Stefania Vourazeri

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Hoogvliet Herlijkeid, Fashion, Architecture Taste (Fat) Hoogvliet Rotterdam

Hoogvliet Herlijkeid, Fashion, Architecture Taste (Fat) Hoogvliet Rotterdam

Hoogvliet Herlijkeid, Fashion, Architecture Taste (Fat) Hoogvliet Rotterdam

Hoogvliet Herlijkeid, Fashion, Architecture Taste (Fat) Hoogvliet Rotterdam

Hoogvliet Herlijkeid, Fashion, Architecture Taste (Fat) Hoogvliet Rotterdam

Hoogvliet Herlijkeid, Fashion, Architecture Taste (Fat) Hoogvliet Rotterdam

Hoogvliet Herlijkeid, Fashion, Architecture Taste (Fat) Hoogvliet Rotterdam


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