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Performance Factory Enschede

The transformation of the former Polaroid Factory Building in Enschede is an integral part of the strategy for transformation of the area. The reallocation of the old factory building is not interpreted as a regular project with a clear brief, start and ending. Instead it is treated as an ongoing open process of natural transformation, shaped by the sum of additions and changes in the past and future. Over time this will result in many new kinds of use, starting with a public workshop, food bank, opera and arts institutes and small businesses. The individual spaces, structures and materials within... Read More

The transformation of the former Polaroid Factory Building in Enschede is an integral part of the strategy for transformation of the area.

The reallocation of the old factory building is not interpreted as a regular project with a clear brief, start and ending. Instead it is treated as an ongoing open process of natural transformation, shaped by the sum of additions and changes in the past and future. Over time this will result in many new kinds of use, starting with a public workshop, food bank, opera and arts institutes and small businesses.

The individual spaces, structures and materials within the building are conceived as equivalent parts of the surrounding landscape. Valuable elements will be preserved and strengthened (vide to industrial roof, large windows towards east and north), weak elements will be removed or substituted (suspended ceilings, new light patio, removal of western building volumes, new representative showcase facade).

The interventions will be spread out over a series of phases, starting with the basic needs, like one infrastructure artery through the building and private entrances towards the park. This transformation approach allows the owner to gradually finance future interventions.

 

FACTS
Location: Enschede (NL)
Program: 2.4ha public space design
Client: Domijn housing corporation
Year: ongoing
Collaborators: Werkend Landschap, Jaap van der Salm
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