Although the harbour will continue to function as a place for transhipment of goods, it has lost one of its biggest customers: the grain silo. The building dates from 1961 and was the first building in Europe to be constructed with a sliding formwork. Although it is not in use anymore, it still is the pivot in the existing urban ensemble at the moment.


A total of 8000 square metres of program is added to the relatively small site, containing a mix of leisure, production, culture and housing. Buildings, program and people are juxtaposed in such a way that a unique and vibrant neighborhood will arise.


An elongated apartment building containing student and residential units is added to the site. The building takes the width and length from the ships that are moored in the dock. The building is lifted from the ground level so the view of the water and harbour is maintained.


Two residential towers are planned at the Southern part of the site with work spaces in the plinth. The larger of the towers contains the main vertical circulation and is connected with bridges to the smaller tower, where duplex apartments are placed. Other buildings added to the complex are two parking towers, a theater and atelier spaces facing the new square, which will accommodated markets and festivals.


The silo will be transformed into a gallery space, and will become the exhibition venue for the entrepreneurial cultural sector where not only artists, but also private collectors, display their work and collections. On top of the existing structure of the silo, overlooking the city, a restaurant spanning accross two floors is proposed. At night, this space will become the new beacon of light for the city.

Location: Deventer, The Netherlands

Client: Municipality of Deventer
Program: Housing, Horeca, Workspace, Atelier space, Culture

Area: 8.110 m2
Status: Europan 11 competition 2011, finalist
Project Team: Jarrik Ouburg, St├ęphanie Willocx, Joost Huijzer

Consultants: ABT BV Velp