Temporary use prepares the site for a new future.
How do you bring new life to an old factory site? In 2008, housing association Domijn purchased the five-hectare Polaroid site on the edge of Enschede’s city center. Full demolition and new construction with apartments was intended, but investment opportunities were limited due to the financial crisis. Our team developed a strategy to improve the […]
Almost everyone in Enschede knows someone who has worked in the Van Heek factories or at the Polaroid. The site is part of the collective memory of the city. The buildings play a role in this, but the true value of this heritage lies in the stories of entrepreneurship and hard work. Enschede’s textile industry […]
The sci-fi rom-com ‘Her’ by Spike Jonze shows a world in which technology functions so well that it becomes virtually invisible. In this future we see no cars and the phone – a beautiful small pocket book – rarely appears. The vast majority is controlled by artificial intelligence. All other communication between technology and its […]
The Brussels canal zone is like a mirage: those who are looking for a relaxing place along the canal will surely be disappointed. In the middle of the busy European metropolis you do find the openness that is lacking in other places. However, this space is mainly utilitarian and almost entirely designated for the infrastructure. […]
Can technology, a sense of security and an atmosphere reinforce each other in an architectural design? For a new connection between the center and the railway zone in Tilburg, The Cloud Collective designed a sequence of spaces where the city, traffic node, rail passage and vacant industrial heritage merge seamlessly. Technology does not play the […]
Since 1923, The Piushaven connects the center of Tilburg with Eindhoven, Antwerp and the Randstad, via the Wilhelminakanaal. The port has been used extensively in the first years to bring sand, grid and coal into the city. The harbor’s importance decreased in the sixties with the rise of road transport, the construction of the national […]
The Piushaven pavilion revives Tilburg’s old harbor pier. An impressive steel construction houses a new restaurant while adding a high-quality public space to the city. The robust pavilion creates a clear beacon for passers-by. Raised public space This important location in the city accommodates a combination of a public and private spaces. A restaurant shares […]