Paviljoen Puur and the restored Fort Diemerdam, a project focused on accessibility towards the visitors

The Stelling of Amsterdam is a historical defense line that has been recently put on the UNESCO world heritage list. Part of this project is Fort Diemerdam which consists of a series of bunkers and a fortress guardian house. This year a project was developed focusing on making the whole structure more accessible to visitors and tourists.The project’s main goal was to restore the whole developments and to conserve as much as possible from the original design and structure. The team in charge of the project was Emma Architecten.

Besides the restoration of those structures, the project also involved the creation of a new pavilion called Paviljoen Puur. It is exclusively reserved for corporate and private events including product presentations, meetings, corporate events as well as weddings.

Located on the exact site of a former soldiers’ shelter, the starting point for the pavilion was the footprint of the existing structure. Around this base the architects designed a wooden wall that has the role of protecting the site while also allowing privacy. The inspiration for the design came from the surrounding landscape with its undulating slopes. Designing something new as part of a historic development was challenging but the architects found inspiration in the history of the fort, the landscape and the original design. The materials used are in concordance with the original ones and the result was a beautiful construction with an organic design and a unique look.{found on archdaily and pics by John Lewis Marshall}.

Published by in Design And Concept, on November 9th, 2012


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