DR 821 - THE POTENTIAL OF POTENTIAAL
Jan Bochmann (DE 1972)
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A three layer light-weight construction is built on top of the Potentiaal building to accommodate the cultural centre, so the centre benefits from the magnificent view and defines the unique appearance of the building. Corona could perhaps be transformed into a sports and leisure centre. The university college is located on the first and second floors of the Potentiaal building and is therefore readily accessible by the pedestrian bridges. The old auditorium can be transformed into a student cinema. A double layered façade covers the building. The outside façade is horizontally organised as in the original Van Embden design, and the inner façade represents the programme behind it.
The idea of situating the public function of the cultural centre on top of the building is well-worth consideration. The design testifies to a self-assured sort of architecture. The jury was critical of the quality of the student housing and of the offices on the ground floor.
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