KCAP newsletter  |  #2015.02  |  TRANSFORMATION

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#2015.02   |   TRANSFORMATION

With cities and their architecture in a constant state of change, the vacancy and deterioration of buildings and urban environments are a constant threat. At times this calls for interventions and transformations in architectural and urban design, at the large and small scales. KCAP is an active participant in this process and in this newsletter about TRANSFORMATION, we share a few of our current projects.
KCAP with an international team commissioned for masterplan Olympic City Hamburg
The Ministry of Urban Development and Environment Hamburg (Behörde für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt) in cooperation with HafenCity Hamburg has commissioned the preparation of a masterplan for the new city district ‘Olympic City’ and the planning of major sports venues Olympic Stadium, Olympic Swimming Pool, Olympic Hall and the Olympic Village on the ‘Kleiner Grasbrook’ area.
The Elbe island will temporarily host the Olympic Games and will on the long term be transformed into a vibrant city district along the river.
The contract has been awarded to a total of eight offices including KCAP; gmp international, Hamburg; Arup, London; VOGT Landschaftsarchitekten, Zurich; WES GmbH LandschaftsArchitektur, Hamburg; Kunst+Herbert Architekten, Hamburg; ARGUS, Stadt- und Verkehrsplanung, Hamburg and Drees & Sommer Projektmanagement, Hamburg.
The teams started working in the end of April.
The ongoing design development will be presented by Kees Christiaanse and Nikolaus Goetze (gmp) in Hamburg on June 2nd.
Meet KCAP at Transformatieplein at Provada Amsterdam, June 2, 3 and 4
We are happy to welcome you at Transformatieplein during the Dutch real estate fair Provada. You will find us in hall 9, stand 11, showcasing our latest transformation projects.

Over the years, we have become experts in transformations on all scales. From masterplans for complete city redevelopments, conversion of industrial sites into new city quarters and transformations and renovation of buildings with respect for the existing and innovative technical measures.
Within the program of Transformatieplein and in cooperation with financial advisor Fakton and site owner Valad, we created different scenarios for two Rotterdam office buildings: Hofplein 33 and Coolsingel 6. Our studies give insight in both, the potential of the existing buildings and their plots and our way of dealing with the city as a resource of terrific places to meet, live and work.
Do you want to know more or meet us at Transformatieplein? Contact us via
Transformation of 1960’s office building New Time in Paris
After delivering the transformation and extension of the former Roche laboratories office building on Ile de la Jatte in Paris in 2014, Orangina Schweppes France has signed a lease on New Time. From the original building, built by Roland Rohn in the 1960’s, each of the wings has been extended to provide better comfort and flexibility of work spaces while keeping its transparency and architectural refinement. Contemporary sustainability standards have been achieved and certified with BREEAM**** EXCELLENT. Furthermore, New Time is the first private building in Paris to use water from the Seine for heating and cooling. Orangina will move into the new premises in October 2015. The project has been realised in collaboration with Ateliers115.
Renovation and extension of Scheveningen’s monumental fish auction building
In the coming years, the Northern pier of Scheveningen, the famous sea resort south of The Hague, will be redeveloped and transformed with a program that combines the current fishing industry with recreation. The urban vision for the redevelopment has been designed by KCAP, as well as a new hotel building on the tip of the pier. A major project included in the first phase of this sustainable redevelopment is the renovation and extension of the monumental United Fish Auction building. This typical 1960’s building consists of an office building at the head of a 300m warehouse structure for fish processing and selling. With respect for the monumental qualities, the building will be extended and updated into a contemporary working environment.
On June 13th the annual ‘Vlaggetjesdag’ will be celebrated in Scheveningen which opens the new herring season of 2015. Save the date!

Modernisation of Makado shopping center Schagen within urban renewal strategy
Makado Centrum is an existing indoor shopping center built in the 1970’s in the heart of Schagen, a city in northern Netherlands. After several previous incidental renovations, it lacked coherence and still suffers from outdated interior styling, dark spaces and low ceilings. KCAP offers a contemporary, coherent renovation and extension concept for the interior and the facades. It is part of KCAP’s urban plan for the renewal of the center of Schagen including the design of the public spaces, the profile of the streets and traffic routing. The transformation will provide a modern interior and higher passages with more natural light. In the center, a spacious square with a beautiful skylight will be the new heart of the shopping center and serve as space for social and community events. The transformation of the entrances mark the first step in the building process.

Construction begins on the transformation of former industrial Aeschbach-Quartier in Aarau
A former industrial site in Aarau, Switzerland, as large as the city’s historic center is being transformed according to a KCAP urban plan. We imagined and designed the area to become a new urban residential district of high housing standards. Within the urban redevelopment scheme, KCAP is in charge of eight architectural projects, including new residential buildings and the transformation of the former industrial ‘Aeschbachhalle’ for retail and public use. Maintaining this building and its industrial character will create a strong identity for the area.
Construction of Aeschbach-Quartier started in April 2015 and the first inhabitants will move in by the beginning of 2017.
Transformation of Humanities Faculty Leiden into inviting learning environment
Leiden University is the oldest university of the Netherlands. It has a strong international reputation and an ambition to expand. It lacks a central campus, having seven faculties spread over the city with buildings ranging from different eras and building styles. For the Humanities Faculty, KCAP created an urban redevelopment strategy including the partial renovation of existing buildings, the addition of new buildings and the expansion of educational program. The sustainable design approach aims to create an inner-city campus by enhancing the qualities of the buildings and their relation to each other, as well as improving and connecting to the surrounding site features. In the center of the faculty, a new heart will evolve to create an inviting learning environment.
Transformation of office building in Beijing with new interior concept and eco-filter facade
BUCC construction company in Beijing, located in a 1990’s office building within the 4th ring highway of Beijing, asked KCAP for a stronger image on its prominent corner location, a new interior office concept and a contemporary sustainable facade system. The company, originating in residential construction, pursues the motto: ‘Based on living, grow on living’. The office space therefore offers inspiring and motivating working conditions with the comfort of living environments. The introduction of office spaces combined with rooms for communication, meeting, relaxing and sports contribute to this theme. The façade creates a contemporary look and through the eco-filter system, developed by KCAP, meets all the technical requirements of a contemporary office building. The glass facade filters both sunlight and air, providing individually-adjustable and comfortable interior climate and excellent light conditions. The interior experience is welcoming and creates a domestic feeling on human scale.
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