The unique design resembling a typical Zaandam living room will be the new home to five cultural institutions. Together with MVRDV architects, Royal HaskoningDHV has designed the new Zaanstad Cultural Cluster. Based on sustainability, Royal HaskoningDHV is ensuring that the Cultural Cluster is climate neutral and future-proof. The integrated approach and clever combination of a convincing architectural concept, sustainable technologies and flexible construction provide a financially and technically robust concept.
Zaanstad cultuurcluster | Royal HaskoningDHV

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The requirements of the municipality, users and architect united in one total solution

The bar has been set high: a design that reflects the identity of the Dutch Zaan region which highlights the various cultural institutions and unites the specific demands of all stakeholders. A strong interactive process supported by Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) provides balanced and appropriate solutions. During this process, cooperation, transparency, support and flexibility are key. Royal HaskoningDHV is also responsible for the structural design, installation technology, acoustics, building physics, fire and social safety, cost management and mobility/infrastructure.

Sustainable and future-proof

'Zaanstad climate neutral 2020’ is the clear target for the Municipality of Zaanstad. The Culture Cluster is an important contribution to this goal. As leader of the technical team, Royal HaskoningDHV ensured that the architecture and technology provided as much added value as possible during integration.The compact building design of the Zaandam Living Room ensures that maximum benefit is derived from heating and cooling. Excellent insulation and sunblinds, as well as selective admittance of daylight, improve energy efficiency. Sustainable energy generation using solar collectors, for example, enable the Culture Cluster to meet most of its own energy needs. Lighting, ventilation, cooling and heating are all supplied on demand. The result is a high sustainability score for the building. By looking at the entire lifecycle of the building and making smart choices regarding the building design, building shell, flight concept, natural resources, flexibility and adaptability of layout and supporting structure, a sustainable and future-proof building can be created.

From pop venue and cinema to library and radio studio

The Culture Cluster in Zaandam will be on an elevated square between the central station and the city centre It will house a cinema, theatre and concert venue, fine art and design studio, music school, library and a local radio station. The multi-functional pop venue on the ground floor will accommodate around 500 visitors. Underground facilities will include a P&R, taxi ranks and a Dutch Railways (NS) bicycle parking.
In the design process, Royal HaskoningDHV is working closely with MVRDV architects, bureau Theateradvies and light designers Viabizzuno. If everything goes according to plan, construction will start at the end of 2016 or early 2017.