Vector-i architects in collaboration with Daad engineers, The Netherlands
Groningen, The Netherlands
11.2015 - 04.2017
Building outside the box
Usable floor area
The Restaurant Southside New Market is a new two-storey restaurant building in Groningen, located on an L-shaped plot between Poelestraat and Nieuwe Market. Its design is inspired by Dutch Mannerist architecture, both complementing and reacting against it. The idea behind this architecture was to express the spirit of the site and the importance of seeing and being seen on Poelestraat, which is Groningen’s party district. Poelestraat and the Nieuwe Market are architecturally distinctive due to their building in mixture of bricks of different shapes, which create dynamic façades. For the restaurant building itself, architects chose bricks in colours ranging from brown to golden yellow, commonly used in the south of The Netherlands, to make the building stand out between the other red brick houses. For the construction work, a new and innovative glue bricklaying technique was used. In addition, ceramic blocks were added between the bricks to create a traditional mortar thickness. Southside New Market therefore represents a perfect combination of new and old techniques.