Name: Global Inspiration: Cultuurhuis De Klinker, Winschoten
Architect: Atelier Pro
Date Posted: 10 March 2023
Global Inspiration: Cultuurhuis De Klinker, Winschoten
Situated on the site of a former brick factory owned by Steenindustrie Strating, a family owned manufacturer and partner of EH Smith, Cultuurhuis der Klinker in Winschoten, Netherlands, uses that history for its inspiration.
The architect wanted to use the distinctive local clay to create a recognisable modern masterpiece. The striking carved exterior of the centre is designed without front or back facades in order to better engage its surroundings on all sides. Major characteristics of the building are its richly detailed vertical masonry and deep, sloping window recesses which lend the building a strong and bold appearance. Different types of bricks were specially designed for the project and produced in traditional orange Groningen clay.
Designed as a precast façade, the Architect removed the mortar joints from the design as they were not required in a beautiful, warm, rich texture.