STORIES

 

P·A contributes to the corporate identity of luzac

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P·A is working with education provider Luzac, to ensure that the organization’s corporate identity is visible in each of its 19 locations throughout the Netherlands. Luzac is the largest provider of private secondary education in country. P·A has put together a handbook to guide the organization in the selection of décor. The handbook strengthens the organization’s brand identity and ensures that each facility has recognizable ‘Luzac’ elements whilst emphasizing the unique qualities of the buildings and the local flavors of the surroundings. The next step is the translation of the handbook into a décor plan for each location.

 

PRESENTATION ‘RESILIENT WEERT’

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On Tuesday, September 12th, Jip Pijs and Sander van Schaik organized a round table discussion with the Municipality of Weert, the Province of Limburg and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. In the research design project ‘Weerbaar Weert’ (Resilient Weert), P·A and research partners NOHNIK and Lara Voerman are developing strategies to climate-proof Weert’s historic city center. The selected strategies leverage the city’s cultural heritage to prepare it for the next chapter in its long history. Local stakeholders received the initial research results with enthusiasm. In late October the team will submit their application to the Creative Industries Fund to continue this important project.

 

WORKSHOP ‘DESIGNING SOCIAL INITIATIVES

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The Environment and Planning Act aims to simplify regulation regarding spatial projects and better support social initiatives throughout the Netherlands. In response to this new legislation, all parties (local governments, companies, citizens and designers) will need to acquaint themselves with their new role in social initiatives. Maarten Polkamp has been invited by the Achitectuur Lokaal to lead a workshop intended for anyone involved or interested in the realization of a social initiative. After the workshop, Maarten will give a tour of the Stakokay hostel in Bergen op Zoom, a successful example of a future-oriented partnership between diverse local players. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 4th.

 

WELCOME MEREL!

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P·A welcomes Merel Paes to the team. The recent graduate of the Technical University of Delft joined P·A shortly after receiving her diploma and already she’s demonstrated her versatile skill set. Merel is involved in architectural projects, research projects and has assumed a position at the helm of an important internal project. Come by for coffee and get to know this young talent!

 

GROUNDBREAKING FOR RESIDENCE LAURA AND MATTEO

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Canadian/Italian couple Laura and Matteo have asked P·A to design a unique private residence in The Hague. The project creatively combines two traditional houses into one residence. Construction will be completed in April 2018.

 

TRANSFORMATION: FROM OFFICE BUILDING TO SCHOOl

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P·A has been commissioned to transform a monumental building, currently in use as an office, into a Luzac school. Luzac was enthusiastic about the initial plans and opted for a ‘fast tracking process’ for rapid realization of the project. The engineering, bidding and execution of sub-components of the plan are being carried out simultaneously to enable the Luzac to move into the building in the first quarter of 2018.

PRIVATE RESIDENCE ROTTERDAM COMPLETE

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The ambitious remodel of Daan and Thao’s new home in Rotterdam is finished. The building, which was formerly used as an office and in very poor condition at the moment of purchase, has been completely stripped and rebuilt. The remodel restores the traditional characteristics and classic details of the early twentieth century building. Simultaneously, bold interventions have been added to the floor plan. The result is a bright and spacious house with spectacular split levels, mezzanines and sight lines.

 

MAARTEN POLKAMP REELECTED TO THE BOARD OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF DUTCH ARCHITECTS

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Maarten Polkamp was reelected for a second term as board member to the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) during a recent assembly. Maarten is looking forward to building on the strategic plan ‘2017-2019 IMPACT!’, which was recently launched by the BNA.

 

SHOPPING CENTER BECOMES ‘ENERGY HUB'

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In 2014, P·A completed construction of the 30,000 square meter Akerpoort shopping center in Amsterdam Osdorp. In 2017, P·A was commissioned to develop a plan to transform the Akerpoort shopping center into a sustainable building. As part of this plan, the roof of the shopping center will house over 4,000 square meters of greenhouse, complete with building-integrated photovoltaics. Additionally, the shopping center will be fitted with a rainwater collection system. Are you interested in transforming your building into a green building? Don’t hesitate to reach out!