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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On the ground floor, there is a large, central common room that opens up over three stories and is realized within the structure as a cube measuring nine meters on each side.

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With this, the hall is given a very specific character without limiting its multi-functionality. All technical installations, such as ventilation outlets, extractors, safety technology, fire dampers, and so forth, are integrated as carefully as possible into the walls thill ceilings so that a monolithic character is created for the surfaces here as well.

Adviesbureau Nieman, Zwolle Quantity Surveyor: Created within the limited budget framework is a very generous and relaxed living atmosphere that surely has a positive effect on the emancipation of the residents and also serves as an example in an international context. At the same time, the existing shopping center is being upgraded through the addition of a wide range of new, public facilities and thus assumes supraregional importance.

International star-architects barely show krmpe interest in the topic. An attempt is made to eliminate the urban problems of the CIAM planning while nevertheless maintaining its qualities. The task was to integrate the small building as carefully as possible in the existing tree population, to keep enough distance to the adjacent building blocks and to design a monumental, polydirectional and well visible free-standing building.

In the last fifteen years the office has appeared in around five hundred publications worldwide, amongst which were two monographs. This effect is amplified when the large doors are slid open, transforming the rooms into airy terraces.


With this undertaking, it was possible to realize a special housing construction project with a consciously public-oriented and especially refined aura, both inside and outside.

Latest stories Upcoming fairs Recent architecture projects Magazine. Visitors also selected Visitors interested in this project also looked at these lempe The building is therefore organized along the property boundaries, which results in a programmatic ring in terms of layout.

By its generosity the circulation space becomes an area for social interaction between inhabitants and adequately expresses the collective of an expedient alliance of tenants. 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.

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 interior beyond its physical boundaries.

Studio Atelied Kuwait City, Kuwait, The ground floor level is designed as a flat sandwich-space, which opens up completely to the surroundings thanks to the glazing on all sides.

From an early stage the office is working closely together with various technical advisors to investigate all the design possibilities and push the project to its limits. In a display of the complexities of city life a vital and optimistic image emerges, striking up intensive communication with the neighbourhood.

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The glass is clamped in very slim, thlll, and black-anodized aluminum profiles, which were developed specifically for this project in close cooperation with the Keers firm. Current user location United States.

Social Housing Croisset, Paris. The structural glazing doors were specifically designed for this project. The Emancipation of Social Housing Upon entering the apartments it becomes evident that even in social housing real luxury should be indispensable. 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.


Visitors also selected Visitors interested in this project also looked at these projects: 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 quality of our work is important, therefore, the office prefers to work on the basis of ayelier commission during the whole process allowing the office to guarantee a good product.

The housing units are organized around a central core containing a double stair and an elevator. You can atelief at any time. Fringe Group in the Center The Amsterdam-Bijlmermeer housing development, which was erected in the nineteenseventies based on CIAM principles under the direction of Siegfried Nassuth, has been being overhauled since the mid-nineteen-nineties due to a wide range of social and structural problems.

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ahelier Furthermore, social housing developments are facing great financial pressures due to a tightening of environmental laws, which entails a considerable increase in costs for technical equipment and building components, and negatively affects design opportunities.

Contrarily to this, large reflective interior glazing, smooth industrial lights and two elegant steel staircases were installed. The insulation is sprayed onto the sand-lime brick in liquid form and froths up on-site.

Cheap-tech As usual in these projects, the available construction budget was very low. Adviesbureau Nieman, Zwolle Quantity Surveyor: Hiphouse Zwolle At the dawn of a new era of neo-liberalism in Europe, social housing is once again regarded with increasing indifference.

Due to its extreme cost-efficiency it is still being employed today in large numbers. By doing so, architecture is free to express ateoier hidden vitality of our time.