Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

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Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Contemporary Architecture in The Netherlands – design by 70F architecture

30 Jun 2018
Hof van Duivenvoorde Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center is one of 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries:

World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist

3 May 2018

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center

Design: 70F architecture

Location: Voorschoten, Netherlands

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center

Dutch architecture studio 70F architecture won the Prix Versailles 2018. Hof van Duivenvoorde was selected as best project in the restaurant ‘exterior’ category in Europe. On the 15th of May will be revealed if the project wins the world price in this category.

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Dutch architecture studio 70F architecture designed a visitors center that ‘lives’. Hof van Duivenvoorde (Duivenvoordes Courtyard) has nine movable facade parts that open up the building in the morning and close it at night. 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.

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

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.

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

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.

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

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

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

Duivenvoordes Courtyard Visitors Center in Voorschoten

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

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