This prominent institute in the field of water research is developing a new building in a new landscape. The area of the KWR Watercycle Research Institute in Nieuwegein shares it’s border with the water-collection area of KIWA. By removing the wooded bank that separated these two area’s, they are brought together spatially as one estate. The principle is strengthened by using the lineair structure of the water-collection area in the new design of the KWR-landscape. Centrally located, almost in the heart of the landscape, emerges the new building of KWR. Building and landscape together form the welcoming image. The building, which slightly floats above the landscape, has two patios with a demonstrative transparent laboratory in the middle. The patios direct the views to the linear strips in the landscape. The first patio is situated in the line of the entrance and offers a free view to the landscape behind. The second patio is an outdoor patio. Rain water is directed from the green roof via this patio to the water basin which lies on the side of the building in the landscape. Building and landscape have a sustainable relationship, spatially as well as functionally. The water structure in the landscape offers an excellent possibility for water purification. The long lines of water, reed, wood banks and willows point out the structure of the existing landscape and make the connection between landscape and building. Through careful thinking about the position of these elements and route to the main entrance, a scenic landscape emerges with a combination of wide and enclosed views towards the building.
location: Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
year of design: 2011
client: Architecten van Mourik
in collaboration with: Architecten van Mourik