Blok 1

visual beacon for Presikhaaf

The ten story building Blok 1 is serving as a landmark and visual beacon of renewal for the Presikhaaf area. The solitaire character is enhanced by the overall orientation and composition of the facade. Due to the staggering and the amount of windows, the building seems bigger than it really is. Also, due to the variation in size of the windows, none of the student dorms are the same at the inside.

The façade will be covered in panelling with a slightly differing finish, creating a subtle pattern that refers to the structure of a tree, without being literally recognisable. This pattern was developed by projecting a tree structure on the façade; the tree structure was then modified by dividing it into pixels, and by subsequently transforming these pixels into an abstract image. Thus Blok 1 forms a unified composition with the surrounding trees.

The ground floor comprises support facilities for the students, technical areas and commercial units. Each of the nine upper floors is laid out with ten dorms. The top floor will be used as a communal roof terrace.

Within the restricted budget, GROUP A has been able to create a number of high quality solutions, like the large windows on the corners and the roof terrace with its nice views.

Student housing Blok 1 is part of the redevelopment which proposes to partly demolish existing post-war housing estates in the Presikhaaf neighbourhood, making way for new, low density, housing developments.



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Zoomstraat, Presikhaaf, Arnhem, NL


3,000 sqm


Student housing

Start design

January 2006

Start construction

May 2008


August 2009



The makers of this project

Adam Visser

Adam Visser Architect | Partner

Birgitta Rottmann

Birgitta Rottmann Architect | Projectleader

Jos Overmars

Jos Overmars Architectural engineer | Projectleader

Mike von Tiesenhausen

Mike von Tiesenhausen

Fatima El-bouyahyaoui

Fatima El-bouyahyaoui

David Moreno Romero

David Moreno Romero

Paulo Moreno

Paulo Moreno

Nolly Vos

Nolly Vos

Edwin Larkens

Edwin Larkens

Daniël Gijsbers

Daniël Gijsbers

Niclas Frenning

Niclas Frenning

External stakeholders

M&E engineer

Royal Haskoning


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