Rotterdam, NL | Amsterdam, NL
Little remains of the Vught concentration camp but a small terrain with what is left of the crematorium. These remains lie practically in the shadow cast by the high security prison built in the former camp. Michael van Gessel drew up a design commissioned by the Camp Vught National Memorial.
Claus en Kaan were asked to design an exhibition building that would mark the entrance to the camp like a screen. The building houses not only exhibition space but also the offices of the foundation that is in charge of the monument. The façade is composed of a long Roman tile. Bonds of this thin terracotta alternate with thick bricks which are recessed so that the space between the terracotta tiles can be filled with a thick layer of grout.
There are two routes through the building that the visitors follow when they enter and when they leave the site. The exhibition rooms have a pre-modern arrangement, consisting of a sequence of rooms without any connecting corridor. Each of these spaces has its own special length, width and height, a principle that Adolf Loos applied in his architecture to give every room in a house the proportions appropriate for its use. Yet again this illustrates the difference between the indoor and the outdoor world, a theme that plays such an important role in the architecture of Claus en Kaan.
Location: Vught, NL
My Role: Architect