A large-scale residential and shopping complex has been built within the inner ring of Assen. The name, De Citadel, refers to the elevated location of the apartments above the shops. The height difference with the city centre generates a rustic image and also poses an architectural challenge. Ritzen Architects solved this jump in scale with the residential tower De Colonnade.
De Collonade in Assen, Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg
De Collonade in Assen, Netherlands
“This is a fairly traditional project”, concludes Ritzen. “It conforms to the scale and materials of the surroundings, but also has a unique, modern appearance and detailing. Ceramic roof tiles are a perfect match.”
Todays’ buildings must meet the challenges of the future. A beautiful look is no longer sufficient, even though it might be spectacular.