Fusion, Multicultural centre

Nominated Gouden A.A.P. (Amsterdam Architecture Award) 2009

Documentary Kunstuur (Dutch)

Fusion: multicultural centre with prayer rooms

Fusion, a hybrid architectural culture, a quest for synergy and a new iconography: in the multifunctional building in Amsterdam’s Transvaal neighbourhood, which we have named Fusion, the requirement was to combine a Turkish and Moroccan centre (including prayer spaces and training classrooms) with a more typically Dutch institution for job creation.

It is highly unusual to accommodate Moroccan, Turkish and ‘Dutch’ activities under one roof. The rooms for Moroccan and Turkish organizations each have their own separate entrances, but these are subordinate to the communal, more assertive, main entrance. Together with the central staircase, the latter forms a space for contact and mutual interaction.

We sought to create a blend of Arabic architectural styles with that of the surrounding Amsterdam School architecture with geometrical brickwork motifs. The result is a hybrid architecture whose exterior does not immediately betray what happens inside. The ground plan is generic and flexible in design, so that it will be capable of handling different programmes in the future.

Colofon

Amsterdam, NL, 2006-2009
Highlights, Public Buildings

brief
Multifunctional centre with two prayer spaces, offices and training classrooms for Turkish and Moroccan organizations

client
Stadsdeel Amsterdam Oost / Watergraafsmeer

architect
Marlies Rohmer Architects & Urbanists

design
Marlies Rohmer

team
Floris Hund
Kirsten Gabriëls
Gieneke Pieterse
Boris Briels
Pepijn Nolet
Frank Zijlstra

structural engineer
Adams Bouwadviesbureau b.v., Druten

contractor
Hecon, De Goorn

photography
Luuk Kramer
Marcel van der Burg
Ad van Denderen
Thea van den Heuvel

design
2006

completion
2009

area 
GFA: 1.570 m2

awards
Nominated Gouden A.A.P. (Amsterdam Architecture Award) 2009

 
 

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