Designing an adaptable, reusable and sustainable structure for art, culture and community-driven placemaking projects
How to create a temporary and flexible structure that can be adapted to various environments and configurations?
Dutch independent real estate developer Bakkers | Hommen known for its large-scale urban regeneration projects reached out to Factorr to create a flexible and adaptable space for placemaking projects centered around real estate developments. Factorr developed a system, using steel intermodal containers as its core architectural elements, that can be adapted to various environments and configurations.
The first deployment of the developed container system found its place in the heart of Koelhuis District Eindhoven. Koelhuis District is a redevelopment project of a dismissed freezer warehouse in a former industrial district, being turned into Brainport’s Immersive Experience District, a hub for art, technology, and culture on the east side of the city of Eindhoven. Since the redevelopment is a long-term process, there was a pressing need for a swift and adaptable space that would serve the evolving requirements of the Koelhuis District, and create visibility to the ongoing redevelopment project.
The primary objective was to build a space to facilitate effective on-site decision-making meetings and technical support, with the intention of reusing it later for different placemaking-purposes. Combining Factorr’s expertise in concept- and spatial design, we came up with a solution that draws inspiration from the innovative world of shipping container architecture. This choice not only underscores our and our client's commitment to sustainability by repurposing existing materials but also expedites the urban development initiatives within Koelhuis District.
At the core of the system are three types of modified 40-foot high cube containers, serving as versatile building blocks that can be utilized as stand-alone units or stacked across various floors and combined in different configurations. The system provides endless architectural possibilities, allowing for rapid assembly and relocation. The interior incorporates circular and recycled materials, aligning with sustainable design practices.
Notably, the units achieve an A+++ energy efficiency rating, due to robust thermal insulation, the utilization of air heat pumps, and the optional integration of a solar panel system. This comprehensive approach ensures not only adaptability in structure but also a commitment to eco-friendly and energy-efficient solutions.
The final form of the building was not only used to accommodate the function but also to facilitate a certain vision—a place that ignites art,culture and community engagement. Presently, the Container Pavilion serves as the dedicated office space for the Concrete Culture and Bakkers | Hommen teams.
Development of a creative concept in co-creation with the client
Achieving the optimal balance between modularity, creating a convenient environment, and seeking sustainable solutions created a gratifying challenge in this assignment.
Arnold van de Water, General Director at Factorr