Rozet cultural centre by Neutelings Riedijk
Architects wins Dutch Best Building award

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News: a cultural centre in Arnhem covered in a dense pattern of pale concrete mullions by Rotterdam firm Neutelings Riedijk Architects has won the award for the Netherlands' Best Building of the Year 2014.

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Rozet cultural centre by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Photograph by Scagliola Brakkee (as main image)

The ninth edition of the annual awards organised by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects was presented to Neutelings Riedijk Architects for producing "a superb solution to the puzzle" of regenerating a derelict site in the centre of Arnhem.

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Rozet cultural centre by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Photograph by Scagliola Brakkee

The Rozet cultural centre is located between the city's historic centre and the new Rijnboog development, and provides a transitional space between these two districts that accommodates a range of cultural facilities.

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Rozet cultural centre by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Photograph by Scagliola Brakkee

A glazed central circulation area that extends the length of the building and intersects all floors is intended as an extension of the route between Arnhem's railway station and the church square.

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Rozet cultural centre by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Photograph by Scagliola Brakkee

This central corridor incorporates public squares leading to the entrances of cultural and educational facilities including an art centre, community college and two libraries.

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Rozet cultural centre by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Photograph by Scagliola Brakkee

"Rozet is an unmistakeable icon, a catalyst for urban development; however its public-space interior acts just as well as a meeting point and a stage for urban activities," the jury for the award pointed out.

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Rozet cultural centre by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Photograph by Scagliola Brakkee

Responding to the plot's historical context, the architects developed a facade of sandy concrete featuring traditional decorative reliefs and rosettes, which give the building its name.

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Rozet cultural centre by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Photograph by Scagliola Brakkee

The arrangement of vertical elements shields the interior from direct sunlight, while maintaining a bright interior with views across the city from the various galleries and event spaces.

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Rijksmuseum by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos. Photograph by Duccio Malagamba

Rozet was awarded the top prize after being shortlisted in the Identity & Iconic Value category. It narrowly edged out the renovation of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, which was shortlisted in the same category.

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Energiehuis cultural centre by TenBrasWestinga Architectuur. Photograph by Christiaan de Bruijne

A former power station converted into a centre for performing arts by TenBrasWestinga Architectuur came out on top in the Quality of Life & Social Cohesion category and went on to win the Public's Prize, which was voted for on Facebook.

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Villa Kogelhof in Kamperland by Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter. Photograph by Jeroen Musch

An energy-efficient glass-walled home by Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter was shortlisted in the Individual Residential Experience category, alongside the conversion of a farmhouse with a dramatic pitched roof by Jelle de Jong Architects.

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Farm conversion, Friesland by Jelle de Jong Architects. Photograph by Thijs Wolzak and Anna de Leeuw

Bierman Henket Architecten's development of a new museum district in the historical city centre of 's-Hertogenbosch was shortlisted in the Stimulating Environments category.

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Museumkwartier 's-Hertogenbosch, Bierman Henket architecten. Photograph by Joep Jacobs

A campus for the Eindhoven International School by Diederendirrix Architecten that combines new and renovated historical buildings was recognised in the same category.

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Eindhoven International School (ISE Campus) in Eindhoven by Diederendirrix Architecten. Photograph by Arthur Bagen

Kavander Architectenbureau's residential renovation project that is split down the middle to provide a married couple with "his and hers" wings was given an honourable mention in the Individual Residential Experience category.

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Spiegelhuis by Kavander Architectenbureau. Photograph by Sonia Mangiapane

In the Identity & Iconic Value category, an honourable mention was given to Bierman Henket Architecten's rugby ball-shaped extension to a neo-classical museum in the city of Zwolle.

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Museum De Fundatie by Bierman Henket Architecten. Photograph by Joep Jacobs

More architecture in the Netherlands on Dezeen includes the Amsterdam headquarters of denim brand G-Star RAW by OMA and the remodelled Rotterdam Centraal station. See more architecture and design in the Netherlands »

  • steven530

    Nice.