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Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

Netherlands Architecture News - Jul 10, 2017 - 13:53   12224 views

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

Mecanoo has completed a transparent and artful pavilion made out of marlstone, bluestone and oak to adapt the historic village of Valkenburg Aan De Geul in Netherlands. The pavilion features a series of oak slices on the facade and an elegantly cantilevered-curve roof among old trees in this historic aura. 

Named St. Gerlach Pavilion and Manor Farm, Château St. Gerlach is an estate near Maastricht, situated in the middle of the hilly Limburg countryside: a unique complex with a luxury hotel, restaurant and spa. Mecanoo's intervention gently balances the historic buildings on the site with pure and flat form.

The pavilion completes the ensemble of the Château built in 1661, the St. Gerlachus Church built in 1727, the Farmstead built in 1759 and the Manor Farm completed in 1668. The estate is now clearly visible from the public road, and has gained new significance for the village of Houthem.

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

"The design for the St. Gerlach Pavilion features a cantilevered roof with a beautiful curve. The materials used are inspired by the natural surrounding of Limburg: marlstone, bluestone and oak," said Francine Houben, founding partner and creative director of Mecanoo architecten. 

"From the pavilion, guests will have diverse views over the château, the hills, the meadow and the manor farm."

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

The three large multifunctional meeting rooms can be used separately or combined, offering a unique location for a variety of meetings and events.

"The St. Gerlach Pavilion and the restored manor farm complete and strengthen the historical building ensemble, making the estate future-proof. We can now optimally accommodate both private and business guests," said Camille Oostwegel sr., owner of Château St. Gerlach.

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

The pavilion's program consists of a 1,300 square-metre conference and event facility with three multifunctional meeting rooms, lobby, kitchen, and with renovated manor farm - occupying a 495 square-metre space - and landscape. 

The manor farm, a national monument from 1668, has been renovated to house small meeting rooms as well as a café to have lunch or coffee. This new public function serves the local community. An intimate 'village square' between the pavilion and the manor farm can be used as an outdoor extension of the foyer.

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

Mecanoo completes oak-sliced and curved roof pavilion in Netherlands’ historic village

Sketch by Mecanoo

Project facts

Programme: 1,300 m2 conference and event facility with three multifunctional meeting rooms, lobby, kitchen, renovated manor farm (495 m2) and landscape

Design: 2013-2015 

Realisation: 2015-2017 

Client: Landgoed Corneli II B.V., Valkenburg aan de Geul, the Netherlands 

Structural engineer: Palte, Valkenburg aan de Geul, the Netherlands 

ME engineer: Cauberg-Huygen Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, Maastricht, the Netherlands 

Advisor acoustics, Building physics consultant, Fire safety consultant: Cauberg-Huygen Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, Maastricht, the Netherlands 

Restoration architect: HVN architecten, Maastricht, the Netherlands 

Main contractor: Coppes/van de Ven, Valkenburg aan de Geul, the Netherlands

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