A colossus of industrial heritage becomes public library by CIVIC Architects

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Transformation and restoration.- Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau. Interior and landscape design, textiles.- Inside Outside / Petra. Blaisse
. Landscaping.- Donkergroen. Interior design library & offices.- Mecanoo.
Advisors to City of Tilburg
Construction management.- Stevens van Dijck Bouwmanagers & Adviseurs. Technical consultancy.- Arup (structural design and engineering, installation technology, sustainability, lighting, fire safety, acoustic design).

Consultants.- VDNDP Structural Engineers (site architect). F. Wiggers Ingenieursbureau (structural engineering). ABT Wassenaar (building physics, acoustics, fire safety). SOM= (commercial management). Linneman (BREEAM certification). Glass hall.- Zaanen Spanjers Architecten, Octatube.
Textile screens
Design drawings and installation.- Inside Outside/Petra Blaisse (NL).
Woven sections.- Tilburg Textile Museum (NL).
Canvas sections and installation.- Seilemaaker (NL).
Assistant canvas sections.- Gerriets France (FR).
Monofilament sections.- Theatex BV (NL).
Rails and motorized system.- Gerriets Gmbh (DE).
Installation and software.- Levtec (NL).
Construction & main contractor
Binx Smartility.
Commissioning client
City of Tilburg.
Total project area.- 11,200 m²
Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant (public library), Seats2Meet, BKKC, Kunstbalie, catering facilities, events areas.

Jan Lebbink, Gert Kwekkeboom, Ingrid van der Heijden, Rick ten Doeschate. CIVIC ARCHITECTS

CIVIC ARCHITECTS, lead by Jan Lebbink, Gert Kwekkeboom, Ingrid van der Heijden and Rick ten Doeschate, focuses on the production of public buildings and spaces. The practice pursues an architecture that is rooted in time, typological innovation and a strong material usage. Their team-members bring in a broad spectrum of expertise. Unceasingly analysis, testing grounds en fast forward engineering make their designs flexible, time specific and provocative.
We believe that architecture is a public interest. All buildings form part of the human environment in which people live, work and interact. Our designs therefore respect and anticipate social, cultural, economic and ecological requirements. Civic currently has a staff of ten architects led by four managing partners. We approach each design on various levels of scale and always work with and alongside the best specialists. The result is functional and aesthetically responsible architecture which will serve the needs of generations to come.

As a member of The Cloud Collective, collaboration is in the practice's DNA. They work together with our TCC partners; external experts and with their clients.

Architectenbureau. Braaksma & Roos

Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau is a leading expert in the repurposing of unique industrial heritage. For over 35 years, they have dedicated theirselves to complex transformation and renovation projects in which they incorporate appropriate contemporary design elements. Based on an in-depth understanding of the unique characteristics of each building or site, their team seeks creative, sometimes surprising, solutions. They therefore create the optimum balance between the values of the past and the requirements of the future to ensure meaningful and sustainable usage.


Petra Blaisse (London 1955), more popularly known in the world of architecture, for her colaboration in some of the most brilliant projects by Rem Koolhaas, as the carpets and finishes for the Seattle Central Library (2000-2004) or finishes and curtains for the Casa da Música in Porto (1999-2005) and acoustic walls, started her career at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, in the Department of Applied Arts. It was there that Blaisse first collaborated with Koolhaas. From 1987, she worked as freelance designer and won distinction for her installations of architectural work, in which the exhibited work was challenged more than displayed. Gradually her focus shifted to the use of textiles, light and finishes in interior space and, at the same time, to the design of gardens and landscapes.

In 1991, she founded Inside Outside. Since 1999 Blaisse invited specialist of various disciplines to work with her and currently the team consists of about ten people of different nationalities. Inside Outside works globally on projects of increasing technical sophistication and scale. Throughout the years, Inside Outside has collaborated with various architects and designers. Blaisse has lectured and taught extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States.

In the past years, the opening of a number of public and private buildings in which Inside Outside implemented interior and landscape interventions brought the work of Blaisse’s studio to the attention of a broader public. Examples are the restoration project for the Hackney Empire Theatre in London (all curtains, 2000-2005), the gardens, carpets and finishes for the Seattle Central Library (2000-2004), finishes and curtains for the Casa da Música in Porto (1999-2005) and acoustic walls and curtains for the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart.

For landscape design, the studio presently works, together with OMA Hong Kong and Rotterdam, on the landscape masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong and on public gardens (Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Qatar Foundation Headquarters and Education City Library) and on master plans for new urban development areas in Ghadames and Sebha, Libya.

ACT > 01.2019 




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