by Snell in Architecture on Wednesday 14 May 2008

The Dutch, the beautiful Dutch, in terms of architecture anyway. Here they have led the way again with this reuse of an old crane dock. A new glass office building, with a climatic façade of double glazing, motorized louvers on the outside and full length windows on the inside, hovers above the old dock. The result of the architect Trude Hooykaas of OTH bicycling by and forseeing the opportunity for a new office, this project evolved from much determination and perseverance, as a developer had to be found and the authorities convinced. This is an inspiring approach to urban reuse as the site was earmarked for demolition and probably for a bunch of condominiums. Again.