Van Schaik Company Premises
The project consists of two orthogonal volumes that turn their backs on the clutter of undistinguished sheds. One volume is storage, the other offices. The latter has two faces: one largely closed side fronts onto the car park; the second is the glazed south front that overlooks the working yard. Behind this glass screen is a double-height gallery that gives access to the offices.
Without cars, the yard is a representative clean service space. The two buildings bordering it are a linguistic as well as a compositional ensemble. The glazed façade of the office is imprinted with the company’s name, while its field of operation – bouwbedrijf – is picked out in relief on the concrete wall of the warehouse. The lettering incorporated into the façade ensures that the illuminated signs or neon letters won’t disrupt the architectural order. It embeds representation through volumes rather than iconic formalism.