MFA Noord is designed by LIAG Architects in collaboration with Mertens Construction in Veldhoven. In this design a clear vision on the function, the use of color and accessibility appears.
Description from LIAG Architects:
The building consists of five wings around a town square as a central meeting point. The building therefore has an abstract human form with wings as limbs and head and the village square as a common hart. In the village square is a large staircase that also serves as seating for theater and events for the neighborhood as well as the users. Five different users, including a primary school and a school for special education under one roof get their extra value to an excess of space and facilities that are jointly used.
Use of color
In addition to the outspoken design of the MFA the building has a special colourscheme. This use of color gives the building a clear place in it’s neighborhood. The applied colors in the facade extend into the interior,for example in the windows, floors, (kitchen) cupboards. Through this every user has his own identity. For the visitor it is thus easy to find his way.
The building aimed at meeting and participation. The village square in the middle of the building serves as a multifunctional meeting space for everyone. This makes the building an attractive place to be. This increases the participation of residents and the use of the community center.
The hill that connects the auditorium on the first floor of the MFA with the outdoor area can be used as playground, educational place or stand. In this way, the MFA is very approachable and inviting.
Very durable building
Sustainability plays a major role in the design. Its starting point is fresh schools Class A and a very high standard GPR (GPR 9, Epc 0.6).
In the materialization of MFA North is explicitly sought the optimum of investment and operating costs, what is reflected in the application of maintenance friendly materials. The material of the building is robust.
Duurzaamheid speelt een grote rol in het ontwerp. Het heeft als uitgangspunt frisse scholen klasse A en een zeer hoge GPR norm (GPR: 9, Epc 0,6). In de materialisatie van MFA Noord is nadrukkelijk gezocht naar het optimum van investeringskosten en exploitatiekosten, wat o.a. tot uitdrukking komt in de toepassing van onderhoudsvriendelijke materialen. De materiaalkeuze van het gebouw is robuust.
images courtesy of LIAG Architects