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BSD Helmond, The Netherlands
In 2020 De Hoven entered the 4th wave of the BSD Business Challenge and was one of 19 companies selected to present a proposal for sustainable housing to the BSD Quality Team.
“The fourth wave of the Business Challenge closed on 1 March. In total, no fewer than 48 innovative ideas were submitted from companies that want to start a project in BSD. Of these, 30 proposals were presented online to the Selection Committee.
The Selection Committee has issued a positive advice to the Board of the Brainport Smart District foundation on 19 proposals.” BSD
Brianport Smart District (BSD) is an initiative between the city of Helmond, the province of Noord Braband, Brainport Development, Tilburg University and the Eindhoven University of Technology. Their goal is to create the smartest neighbourhood in the world. Using the latest cutting-edge technology to create an environmentally conscious and socially safe district. There are 8 programs to guide and assess design. They create a flexible framework which weaves an integrated urban space which holistically approaches smart neighbourhood living. These 8 programs are: Circular District, Participation, Social & Safe District, Healthy District, Digital District, Mobile District, District with Energy, District with Water.
St Andrew’s Hotel – South Africa
5, 000 m² | Hotel | Port Alfred
The Royal St Andrew’s Boutique Hotel is located in the Eastern Cape alongside the Royal Port Alfred Golf Course. It is a heritage building that was refurbished with an additional 60 rooms added to it in a new development.
Our hands-on development team shaped the vision for the hotel campus, including a spa, fine dining restaurant, high-end conferencing and event facilities, as well as a premier business center.
Through extensive development management, we were able to execute the detailed requirements for the hotel, which has won multiple awards.
The development also includes a spa, and wellness facility, fully equipped, chef-style kitchen, to service the three signature restaurants, and a high-tech Events Centre, which provides the most technologically advanced Conference and Events Centre in the region.
By clearly contrasting the architecture, the building celebrates old elements through the use of a new, contemporary material palette – thereby following the heritage principles of ensuring all building parts are distinguishable and reversible.
Innovation – South Africa
10, 000 m² | Sectional Title Offices | Rosebank
The Innovation Centre building was developed as an investment property to attract an office rental tenant in the rapidly growing node of Rosebank (Johannesburg) and surrounds.
Following its completion, the space was selected by General Electric (GE), who have utilized the building as an Innovation Centre – a pioneering showroom for emerging technological products.
The building is positioned in a prime location that overlooks the Killarney Golf Course, and has spectacular views of the landscape from inside the office space. Economical floor-plates provide flexibility in planning, and the building has ample balconies and terraces to maximize the access to the surrounding golf course.
The economical floor-plates provide flexibility in planning, and the building has ample balconies and terraces to maximize the access to the surrounding golf course. Ruim was instrumental in the unlocking of the development and the design and execution of the project.
Firestation Offices – South Africa
10, 000 m² | Sectional Title Offices | Rosebank
The original fire station in Rosebank was first constructed in 1935 and is the oldest operational building of its kind in Johannesburg.
A landmark for the area, the site forms a vital part of Johannesburg’s rich narrative and cultural heritage. A new commercial project called Firestation Rosebank was designed by architecture and development company Ruim and undertook to construct a contemporary, mixed-use building in the empty lot directly behind the historical fire station. The newly formed intervention was to be respectfully set back in order to both enhance and conserve the memory of the old building.
The new building includes a restaurant, coffee shop, serviced ‘co-working’ offices, event spaces, meeting rooms and a landscaped roof terrace. The development philosophy uniquely provides small, local businesses an opportunity to own offices in the rapidly growing business centre of Rosebank, within comfortable walking distance to public transport and Gautrain Station.
The building’s relationship with its surroundings is expressed in the restrained simplicity of its form. Carefully articulated vertical lines are drawn from the scale and proportions of the old heritage building – interpreted in a modern way. Using parametric design technology, the architects modelled unique façade panels that were inspired by the Art Deco design of the original fire station, and added black vertical fins to improve thermal performance on the elevation, and creating shadowed depth of relief on the building elevations.
The charcoal colour of the new architecture creates a contrasting backdrop to the warm, rich red material palette of the heritage building – respectfully preserving its place in the foreground. The development changed the relationship with the street by introducing a walk-able space that reactivated pedestrian movement along Baker Street. The restored and refurbished Heritage offices have courtyard that also encourage vibrant public activity on Bath Avenue.
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