• location: Dieren (Show on map)
  • program: Vocational school 1740 m2, Firestation 890 m2, Sports 500 m2, 15 houses, 22 apartments
  • client: Municipality Rheden
  • design: 2007 - 2010
  • completed: 2011
  • design team: Juliette Bekkering, Monica Adams, Frank Venhorst, Lukas Heiniger, Arjan Welschot, Gerard Heerink, Tessa Schaap, Amarinske Douma, Zuzana Kuldova, Edwin van den Muijsenberg, Manuel Aust, Vincent Hector, Sebastian Machleb, photos by René de Wit

 

With the completion of the Bloemershof, the municipality of Rheden has been enriched with a new, multifunctional urban ensemble with a strong identity. Designed with and for its different users: - the vocational school, sport facilities, fire station and housing - it creates a new focus point in the area. Grouped around a range of public green spaces and gardens, it connects the village of Rheden with the nature reserve of the Veluwe, mediating between town and countryside. The different programs have their own identity, but together they form a characteristic urban ensemble. The various buildings have their own private green area on the outside of the site, thus making it possible to define a lush, green public area in the heart of the site. A huge pergola forms the transition to the green woods of the Veluwe massief. 

The ensemble is conceptually designed as a frozen forest, with an open and transparent ground floor with concrete columns as tree trunks, filled in with glass and natural stone accents, crowned with an upper elevation with slender wooden slats as a ‘leafy canopy’ , hovering above the ground floor. The clear selection of materials provides a strong architectural identity. 

The interiors are light and transparent and offer an optimal functionality to their users, with a generous central hall, canteen area and a diversity of classrooms and workshops for the vocational school and a large and high sheltered area for the trucks of the fire department. There are unexpected spatial views and vistas and the ensemble contains spacious sports facilities. 

Sustainability plays a key role in the project. Besides an optimal internal climate, future-proof materialization and spatial logistics, it has also been designed with the newest sustainable installation technologies. The project Bloemershof is the first building in the Netherlands where concrete core activation by means of air is applied, the so-called “Concretecool” system. It uses the naturally good accumulating qualities of concrete to realise a school with the highest ventilation and cooling standards in a sustainable way. The roof surfaces of the school are installed with a solar system by means of photovoltaic cells and a so-called daylight regulation system has also been installed, reducing the costs of energy usage to a minimum. 

The school, sport facilities and fire station are operational. The housing will be realized in a later phase. 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Sculpturaliteit, Scenografie en Materialiteit, in De Architect, May 2015

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  • Inaugural lecture Prof. Juliette Bekkering: Architecture a user’s manual, about sculpturality, scenography and materiality, November 2014

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  • Intreerede prof.ir. Juliette Bekkering: Architectuur een gebruiksaanwijzing, over sculpturaliteit, scenografie en materialiteit, January 2015

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  • Leading Female Architects, in Discover Benelux Magazine, November 2014

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  • Ensemble Bloemershof, in Archipendium 2015

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  • Paarchitekten, in H.O.M.E. nr 03, March 2013

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  • Bloemershof: School, Firestation and Gym, Bekkering Adams Architects, 1000X European Architecture, 2012

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  • Prague lectures, Juliette Bekkering & Michiel Riedijk – FA CTU 2012

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  • Ruimte voor daglicht, Esprit, in [inst]Allicht, May 2012

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  • Identiteit van gebouwen en hun publieke verschijning, in Binnenstedelijk bouwen AIA jaarverslag 2011

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  • Bloemershof and preface, World Public Architecture, 2011

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  • Ensemble Bloemershof, Bekkering Adams Architects, Play, Indoor and Outdoor, 2011

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  • Beschermend Leren in het versteende woud, in Pi (Project & Interieur), October-November 2011

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  • Bloemershof on 1st of December, in De Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender 2012

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  • Bekkering Adams Architects, in B1 Be One Magazine, July 2011

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  • Mehr als Heiße Luft, Bloemershof Dieren NL, in Deutsche BauZeitschrift (DBZ) nr 6, June 2011

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  • Multifunctioneel centrum in Dieren on website De Architect, June 2011

  • Ruimtelijkheid en duurzaamheid hand in hand in Bloemershof, in Metanieuws nr 3, 2011

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  • Betonkernactivering, primeur, in Architecten Web Magazine, June 2011

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  • Bloemershof: eerste gebouw met betonkernactivering met lucht, in [inst]Allicht, April 2011

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  • Bloemershof: Ventilatielucht benut massa van beton, in Bouwwereld, April 2011

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  • Frozen Forest Schulkomplex von Bekkering Adams fertig, on BauNetz.de, March 28th 2011

  • Alleen de zonnecellen ontbreken nog, Bloemershof wordt vandaag opgeleverd, in De Gelderlander, February 8 2011

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  • ‘Bomen’ in Bloemershof, in Cobouw, August 6 2010

  • Bloemershof: Bouwplan volgens landgoed-concept, in De Gelderlander, March 30 2010

WHO WE ARE

We are an internationally operating, dynamic and versatile architectural office, looking and working with an open mind towards our future society. Founded by Juliette Bekkering and Monica Adams, we share a fascination for enhancing the urban environment. With an enthusiastic team of architects and designers we work on innovative and sustainable projects with a strong identity, defined by expressive architecture with a tactile expression of material and detail.

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