Which potential usage did you see in the abandoned windmill factory?
However uninteresting and grey the exterior of these boxes appear, they often contain an impressive interior space of magnificent scale and almost cathedral-like proportions based on a repetitive, neatly arranged structural system.
To us this vast space posed the only true value of the building – and we wanted to expose and highlight this to the outside world.
How did you go about reorganizing the building?
Our approach was simply to remove the walls at both ends of the building and to place all the administrative functions and workshop spaces on one side of the existing structure and the skate-areas on the other, leaving the internal former manufacturing space intact. This clear re-organization also equips the building with a completely new envelope and exterior and allows us to pull in more daylight through the two new glass façades while improving the connectivity to the exterior spaces and activities.
What is characteristic about the user groups?
Targeting a broad demographic audience from across a variety of cultural backgrounds, genders, ages and interests, our goal was to create an open and welcoming building, lowering the threshold for involvement and engagement. We achieved this by making a transparent building with a clear, well-defined organization intuitive to everyone.
An anti-elitist, pop-culture takes the form of a hybrid between a sports facility and a culture venue that is robust enough to stay open to the public 24 hours per day without supervision and where users are in charge and take the initiative.