• creative silos, deventer

    Menno Voss i.s.m. Martijn Bos.

    The idea is to create an urban plan that respects the history, the present and the future ambitions of the municipality of Deventer. The masterplan for ‘het Havenkwartier’ is a guide that sets the boundaries for transformation. We embrace the general ideas in the masterplan. There are however a few variations we want to make.

    Instead of spreading all functions (living, working, culture and entertainment) equally over the terrain. We see more advantage in concentrations of functions in different areas, creating different possibilities and different atmospheres. On the north side of the cay is the residential building and the recreational harbour. We feel the same way about the functions and program for this place.

    From the residential building a large square stretches along the cay to the silos at the other end. The square is the heart of the urban plan and provides sufficient open space for all kinds of activities and events at the Havenkwartier. Right in the middle of the square is a large open market hall. A bazaar for arts and crafts, a 2 stories steel structure covered by a glass roof . This structure creates the ultimate flexible space, a laboratory for all kinds of cultural, commercial and artistic experiments.

    Near the silos the square is lifted, creating a new ground level which provides access to the silo complex and parking space close to the new “creative factory”. Underneath the deck there is room for a restaurant or grand café with an outside terrace close to the water.

    Instead of multiplying the footprint of the high silo and thereby destroying the original sleek silhouette we propose a lying tower in between the two silos. It hovers 7,5 metres above ground level connecting the silos. In the new beam we see an opportunity for the creative industry combined with a social and cultural centre. Both silos contain multifunctional spaces for exhibition, theatre, cinema, parties and conferences.

    The elevator building regains its original function and connects the terrace and deck with the cay and provides an escape route for the “creative factory”.

    The character of industrial architecture is defined by its functionality. Every part of the factory has its meaning in the process of production. Production processes are in essence linear sequences. Raw materials are transported through different production stages resulting in a product at the end of the line. Importing - storing – producing – testing – packing – storing – exporting By incorporating the silo’s into a new kind of cultural and creative factory we’re able to preserve some of the historic context and architectural appearance.