Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

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Hof van Duivenvoorde

Movable Facades in Dutch Visitors Centre Building – design by 70F architecture, The Netherlands

2 Mar 2018

Hof van Duivenvoorde

Kasteel Duivenvoorde

Design: 70F architecture

Location: just west of Voorschoten, east of Den Haag

Duivenvoordes Courtyard

70F architecture designs visitors center that ‘lives’

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

Dutch architecture studio 70F architecture designed a visitors center that ‘lives’.

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Hof van Duivenvoorde (Duivenvoordes Courtyard) has nine movable facade parts that open up the building in the morning and close it at night.

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

When the façade is open the building is a light restaurant, when it’s closed it becomes a modest barn that disappears in its surroundings.

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

Hof van Duivenvoorde is the visitors center that belongs to Duivenvoorde Castle and Estate, a national monument in the city of Voorschoten. The Duivenvoorde foundation was the comissioner and asked 70F architecture to create a building that would look like a barn but at the same time be transparent and have a welcoming atmosphere.

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

The solution, with its movable facade parts was a direct hit with the commissioner, but turned out to be difficult to execute. No hatch producer or hinge supplier was up for the challenge. Bas ten Brinke, owner of 70F architecture, therefore decided to do the engineering himself.

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

Hof van Duivenvoorde inhabits a restaurant, a museum shop and space for the volunteers who give guided tours in the castle and around the estate.

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

The building is relatively small – 6 x 30 meters – but feels spacious because of the high transparency. You can look from one side of the building to the other.

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

The space above the kitchen (in the far end of the building) and the sanitary unit (in the middle) are left open, thus showing the roof and it’s construction in it entirety.

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Some of the fixed windows continue up and over the roof-ridge into the back roof plane, towards the monumental garden wall.

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

The building is an example of modern architecture, fitting seamlessly in its 13th century surroundings defined by the castle.

Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building

Address: Hof van Duivenvoorde, Laan van Duivenvoorde 4, 2252 AK Voorschoten

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