The new campus of the Arcus College in Heerlen, in the southeast Netherlands is a regional provider of vocational training for the Limburg province. It was designed, says architect IAA Architecten, “to meet the challenges of contemporary vocational education, anticipating future developments in this field and creating an optimised learning environment for a new generation of students”.
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Architect IAA Architecten Location Heerlen - The Netherlands Company involved ArcelorMittal & Jack Muller Website industry.arcelormittal.com
ROC Carolus School
The first impression of the ROC Carolus building is deceptive, and deliberately so. Passers-by and visitors see a ‘crazy’ building, a fractured and playful facade, with irregularly polygonal windows breaking up the variety of shades of grey in the prepainted metal cladding that floats above a glazed ground floor. This cladding in turn has ‘fault lines’ along it, as if the whole could shatter in an instant. It takes a moment to realise that this is disguising the fact that the building in fact consists of relatively regular blocks joined by glazing. The overall assembly is largely rectilinear, but with one end curving to a point like the prow of a ship. Far from this being an example of unexplained exuberance, careful consideration has gone into making the facade, like the rest of the building, hard working and affordable.
Architect AGS Architekten & Planners Location Nijmegen - The Netherlands Company involved Euramax Coated Products Website http://www.euramax.nl
The brief for Lille’s Maison Stéphane Hessel called for the design of a building which would serve three main functions: a 200-bed youth hostel, a creche for up to 70 children, and government-sponsored incubator for social and economic innovation.
Architect JDSA Architects Location Lille - France Company involved ArcelorMittal Construction Website http://ds.arcelormittal.com/construction