Cultural Center Rozet by Neutelings Riedijk Architects: A Large Public Staircase with Rectangular Sand-Colored Concrete Elements

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Designed for the City of Arnhem, Cultural Center Rozet houses a number of cultural organizations. Completed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects in 2013, this building is conceived as a large public staircase. The building facade is composed of rectangular sand-colored concrete elements that attractively can be seen from a distance.

Spaces

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It is a large public staircase that meanders up to the spacious panoramic roof overlooking the city from the narrow streets of the medieval city center of Arnhem. The upward-sloping street resembles a giant bookcase on one side with comfortable spaces for windows, displays, and colossal front doors in frames of sturdy oak.

 

Structure

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The stair-mountain of this building is a public space that can be used for coffee nooks, reading, performances, and encounters. In the narrow streets, the deep serrations produce a play of light and shadow while the molded “rosettes” decorate the vertical concrete bands.

These “rosettes” have shapes like Penrose diagrams that symbolize the infinitely growing knowledge that diffused by this awesome building.

 

Cultural Center Rozet Gallery

 

Photographer: Scagliola Brakkee

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