Choorstraat-Papenhulst, by Buro Lubbers, s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. There is always something intriguing about a project that exudes simplicity. You know, the ones that look effortlessly put together, like models on a catwalk. Nestled within the historic setting of a neo-gothic chapel, the project Choorstraat-Papenhulst was sparked by the transformation of a historic center within the immediate vicinity of the courtyard into a luxurious apartment building. Buro Lubbers has designed a space that is part of a sequence of squares around Sint-Jans Cathedral, giving the area a little boost to mark the change in residencies. The initial design as implemented is supposed to be a transformation of a private courtyard into a semi-public square. But unlike a bustling city square, the serenity of the space is palpable. Although the overall design lacks greenery, there is no sense of it being a cold and hardened place. Just as you can find solitude, comfort, and warmth inside a church, the space has a private character that allows you to find your bearings. With the addition of a good design, it is able to foster a mesmerizing presence with a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere.
The whole of the space is paved in random strokes of Irish bluestone that is darkly rich with fossils. The linear pattern of this paving is reflected in a scattering of parallel wooden strips on which seating and tables are placed, made also out of wood.It is the gothic character of the Irish bluestone that makes this space so relatable to the historic building facades, yet the warmth brought about by the wood reflects the wooden chapel doors and makes the area seamlessly modern.The Wine Cooler That Keeps People Coming Back The centerpiece of the design revolves around a 24-meter-long wooden table with wooden cube-shaped seating in a tightly knit cluster. The whole attire looks cozy enough to host a modernized Medieval banquet — just perhaps in tinier portions. That’s because an integrated water feature that serves as a wine cooler occupies the middle of this wooden table. Yes, a wine cooler! Serving small portions of food and having cool wine under the sun filtering trees should just about fit the bill in keeping with today’s trends. See More Projects in the Netherlands:
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Full Project Credits for Choorstraat-Papenhulst
Project: Choorstraat-Papenhulst, A courtyard for Leonardo da Vinci’s last supper Landscape Architecture: Buro Lubbers Location: ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Area: 1800 m2 Costs: € 125.000 Realization: 2003 (phase 1), 2008 (phase 2) Photos and text: Buro Lubbers Award: Winner Dutch Design Awards 2004 (category: design public space) Show on Google Maps
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