New lease of life for ‘t Karregat in The Netherlands

’t Karregat (1973) has been renovated by diederendirrix architects in conjunction with architecten|en|en and has space for the school, day-care centre and some community facilities.

New lease of life for ‘t karregat in the netherlands
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‘t Karregat, designed by architect Frank van Klingeren, was one of the first multifunctional centres in the Netherlands. Underneath a large continuous roof, supported by steel umbrellas, he left free space without partitioning walls for a supermarket, small shops, primary schools, a sports hall, and a community centre. The building in the area Herzenbroeken in Eindhoven received ample international attention, but it turned out that the experimental lay-out didn’t work. The users themselves soon divided the space with partitions until the space underneath the roof was totally congested.

New lease of life for ‘t karregat in the netherlands
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New lease of life for ‘t karregat in the netherlands
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Diederendirrix architects and architecten|en|en faced the task of giving the building a new lease of life. The design’s basis – the roof with the extraordinary umbrella constructions – has been restored and made more sustainable.

New lease of life for ‘t karregat in the netherlands
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They wrapped the umbrellas with transparent panels, which lets daylight fall into the space and which solves climatic problems and dust nuisance. A flexible system of internal walls with closed and transparent parts creates more openness. A new patio, which provides the surrounding spaces with daylight, was created by opening up a part of the roof. In doing so, the building’s lay-out changed and now has clear entrances in a transparent façade. It is once again fresh and functional with respect for the original design.

New lease of life for ‘t karregat in the netherlands
© BASE Photograpy Helmond

At the reopening of ‘t Karregat in the autumn of 2015 the building was once again not finished. The commercial functions were not renovated. The renovation to date of the school, day-care centre and district facilities shows that a thorough brushup can get the building ready for the future again. The school’s and day-care centre’s pupils, parents, teachers and administration are highly satisfied with the revamp. The method of approach is now developed and tested with very good result. It can easily be applied to the parts yet to be renovated.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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