Danish-Dutch brick architecture wins in Delft


The competition to design a new archive building for the Dutch city Delft was won by a joint proposal by Gottlieb Paludan Architects (Copenhagen, DK) and Wingender Hovenier Architecten (Amsterdam, NL). The building houses archive collections, a café, public study rooms and offices for the employees of the archive and its partners.

The proposal for the new City archive places the public functions on ground level towards the street and the canal while storage facilities for the City archive are placed on the upperfloors, well protected from the dangers of flooding. In the garden behind the new building, space has been reserved for future expansion.

The evaluation committee praised the distinctive brick facade and the transparency of the ground floor which make the building recognizable as a public building for Delft and its surrounding municipalities. The new archive building should be completed by mid-2016.