The site of the Dutch Aerospace Center (NLR) in Amsterdam is characterized by the monumental buildings of architects Maaskant and Van Tijen. The central area originally meant to function as a courtyard between the monumental buildings, but had been filled up with buildings over time. This area has been cleaned up by demolishing a number of buildings in order to regain the courtyard atmosphere. The square is emphasized by the shape of the Maaskant buildings and the newly built addition. The former courtyard has become a courtyard again, a high-quality inner garden where NLR employees and visitors can relax and meet. The former wind tunnel building plays a key role here, as it is literally and figuratively the heart of the complex. The place where people come together for lunch, coffee, to work and have meetings.
The architecture of the new building refer to the industrial beauty of the old building by using masonry façade bonding, a curved roof and sloping concrete columns. The monumental Maaskant buildings were thoroughly and carefully restorated.
The Dutch Aerospace Centre is a joint design by Inbo and Wessel de Jonge Architects.
- Dutch Aerospace Center
- Gross floor area
- 6,650 sqm new building, 6,770 sqm renovation
- Josine van Gulik, Jacques Prins