Open Ateliers is a modular building system inspired by the qualities of the studio houses from the early twentieth century with high spaces, lots of light and maximum freedom for the resident to live in and work in. The generic steel frame with a width of 5m20 and a standard height of three floors allows for many specific individual wishes. The system consists of easy-to-disassemble floors and facade elements, making future programmatic changes easy to adapt within the system and the facade of the building always a ‘work-in-progress’.
Open Ateliers 11 is the first ensemble built with the building system and is located in Utrecht, surrounded by a motorway exit on one side and a beautiful lake on the other. These extremely contradictory conditions resulted in a mix of functions and users who either wanted to take advantage of the commercial value of visiblity location along the highway or focus more on the introspecitve views of nature. The layout of the facade was entirely determined by the users and showes therefore a mixed pattern within the rigid structural grid.
Location: Utrecht, NL
Client: Urban Developments B.V.
Program: Business Units
Status: Under construction
Project Team: Freyke Hartemink, Carsten Hilgendorf, Jarrik Ouburg, Emma Bellucci, Andrea Ceko, Luigi Fabozzi