Architect Ad van den Bosch lives in Nuland and has always been actively involved in youth work and cultural activities in the neighborhood. “Within the scope of a provincial plan to regenerate villages, funds were made available to demolish the old youth club and build the new D’n Hazenkamp building”, reflects Van den Bosch. “People initially came to me for advice. This resulted in a request to design and build a new youth club”.

Project details

Project D'n Hazenkamp
Architect Ad van den Bosch
Client Municipality of Maasdonk
Products used
Terca hand-moulded, different colours
Sandtoft FlachDach Matt slate glazed

D'n Hazenkamp covered with Terca hand-moulded and Sandtoft FlachDach Matt tiles

D'n Hazenkamp, Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

D'n Hazenkamp covered with Terca hand-moulded and Sandtoft FlachDach Matt tiles

D'n Hazenkamp, Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

D'n Hazenkamp covered with Terca hand-moulded and Sandtoft FlachDach Matt tiles

D'n Hazenkamp, Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

D'n Hazenkamp covered with Terca hand-moulded and Sandtoft FlachDach Matt tiles

D'n Hazenkamp, Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

D'n Hazenkamp covered with Terca hand-moulded and Sandtoft FlachDach Matt tiles

D'n Hazenkamp, Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

D'n Hazenkamp covered with Terca hand-moulded and Sandtoft FlachDach Matt tiles

D'n Hazenkamp, Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

A building for youngsters

The youth club was used by a number of clubs. This was taken into account during the design and construction. “Firstly, we entered into dialogue with the welfare committee about the appearance of the building as opposed to the rest of the environment”, explains Van den Bosch. “The built environment is a fairly neutral color. I felt that the youth club deserved a fresh look. Since it is a building for youngsters, bright colors were used. It also deserved to be a distinctive building in the surroundings. That meant a kind of landmark to attract attention. This was certainly successful”, confirms Van den Bosch.
It was clear to Van den Bosch from the outset that this look would have to be achieved using brick. “Villages in Brabant use a lot of brick in their buildings. In order to connect the building to its surroundings the decision was taken to build the façade in brick. To create an attractive blend of colors, Van den Bosch visited Wienerberger in Zaltbommel for advice. “The Wienerberger Expo has an entire collection of bricks in different colors”, explains Van den Bosch. “We placed all kinds of colors side by side. It took us a while to arrive at the final blend of shades. We also needed to take into account the dimensions and formats of the different bricks.”

Future-proof

A building that provides space for a wide range of youth clubs needs to be able to handle a knock or two. Van den Bosch says: “The interior finish is relatively shock-proof. The interior is nicely finished with stainless steel plates and wood on the walls, and all the doors have a plastic layer. It all needs to be robust, so that it will continue to look good for the foreseeable future.”
Also in terms of sustainability, consideration has been given to the future. “Ultimately, an energy-efficient heating installation and solar panels on the roof were chosen”, says Van den Bosch.

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