Atelier Kempe Thill is an architectural firm that includes Oliver Thill and André Kempe, originally from East Germany who graduated of Dresden University of. The Hiphouse project in Zwolle presented Atelier Kempe Thill with a welcome opportunity to fundamentally question the assignment ‘social housing’. Largely. Oliver Thill and Atelier Kempe Thill are in good company in past years the prize has been awarded to John Körmeling, Mecanoo, Wiel Arets, Willem Jan.

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The atmosphere that thus develops is very calm and neutral, emphasizing the spaciousness of the building and offering users the opportunity to adapt the individual rooms to their own particular needs. The concrete walls remain unfinished, the floor slabs receive taelier coating of acoustic plaster, handrails are merely galvanized and simple industrial light fittings are mounted directly onto the walls. With forty-five square meters per person, the living space provided is very generous and far exceeds social housing standards, which is surely remarkable from a social point of view.

Two room types The realized building consists of the simple stacking of two — diametrically opposed — concepts of space. The housing units are organized around a central core containing a double stair and an elevator. Rochedale Projectontwikkeling, Amsterdam Mr.

Due to its extreme cost-efficiency it is still being employed today in large numbers.

The floor-to-ceiling windows give the apartments a feel of suspended landscape plateaus; the natural environment becomes a part of the space and expands the fhill beyond its physical kempd. The units are very well lit, with minimal circulation areas and large living spaces with freestanding kitchen blocks. In this case, urban renewal means, above all, radically demolishing large-scale, honeycombed housing blocks and replacing them with differentiated, smallscale block development and terraced housing.

Given the opportunity the wtelier enters the design process earlier than normal shifting the emphasis from just solving problems to searching for the right questions. Rain, sun, clouds, wind and greenery determine the atmosphere of the interior. The building is executed kkempe a frame construction, with non-load-bearing interior walls and all the technical installations also integrated into the building independently of the load-bearing structure.


On the inside, the contrast between the two room constellations determines the perception and surprises, as the fully enclosed room is much brighter than the fully opened. Due to the limited budget the central atrium was coherently designed in the rugged aesthetics of the unfinished.

Loft spaces are not an exclusive form of living reserved for a well-to-do elite, but are also realizable in the context of social housing.

The office is by this able to create structures that are neutral and economic as well as being enjoyable and innovative. The building block, measuring 23m x 32m and providing 8 units per floor, has a very limited facade surface in relation to its floor area; this favourably affects building costs and enables the high quality detailing of the facade.

Then, the very rough surface is finished with an UV protective coating. Adviesbureau Nieman, Zwolle Quantity Surveyor: This approach is complemented inside by interiors in simple white render and cabinetry, and light coloured timber floors.

For cost reasons, the tiles were not purchased in Italy but instead specially produced for this project in China. He is a founding partner of the Rotterdam based firm Atelier Kempe Thill, which he directs together with Oliver Thill since In it, the residents can withdraw and relax away from the public space. Gone is the feeling of constriction prevalent in traditional social housing.

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Steven Holl London, United Kingdom, The working field of the office belongs within the realms of urban planning, public building and housing, but also research, education and publishing.

Architecture in the sense of a building art hardly plays a role here, for marketing and spatial qualities are regarded as unimportant and superfluous.


Every unit features outside space that can be closed off on the cold and windy Antwerp winter days, without taking away from the sense of space and openness the winter gardens offer.

By doing so, architecture is free to express the hidden vitality of our time. Oliver Thill has given more than one hundred public lectures worldwide. Space-dividing walls are often executed in glass, which gives rise to expansive visual connections within the building that are necessary for facilitating an overview and for social interaction. Singlesided specialisation and the consequent limitations have been avoided through the wide diversity of commissions; as a result the practice is also more economically stable.

Atelier Kempe Thill – Wikipedia

Current user location United Atelir. Inbo Bouwkunde, Amersfoort General Contractor: Ingenieursbureau Ebatech, Amsterdam Quantity Surveyor: Light and Neutrality of Use The building is owned by a building society and has been rented by a foundation for a period of ten years.

The task here was extremely delicate since such facilities are very unpopular with the population and normally have a miserable existence in container structures on the urban periphery in industrial or railway wastelands, almost never realized as a new building in the direct vicinity of central, public institutions and parks. Kentish Town Health Centre.

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The slightly rough concrete floor is thill coated with a layer of polyurethane; the ceiling is covered with an acoustic spray plaster.

All the walls are plastered, with the concrete surfaces in the stairway given only a transparent coating, the floors coated with polyurethane, and the ceiling executed with acoustic spray plaster.

Social Housing Croisset, Paris.