Zandvoort is a thriving seaside resort in the North-Holland province of The Netherlands. After Scheveningen, it is the most popular of the Dutch coastal attractions. Situated on the North Sea coast it is just 24 kilometres west of Amsterdam and 7 kilometres west of Haarlem.

With several kilometres of west-facing, wide, clean beach, a nature reserve, Zandvoort offers many recreational opportunities - water sports include kite surfing, windsurfing and a sailing club and the dunes are great for walking and cycling.

Zandvoort seems a very different place during the autumn and winter months but has the ability to attract large numbers of foreign and local tourists in the spring and summer. The fresh sea air, clean beaches and varied local landscape will always attract many Amsterdammers to the resort whenever the weather is fine. Once quite cosmopolitan in the heyday of beach holidays, Zandvoort is now - like seaside resorts the world over - a little brassy and brash.

Not surprisingly, Zandvoort attracts many visitors during the spring and summer months but this is no ordinary, modern resort - Zandvoort also has a fascinating history, having been favoured by many wealthy and even royal visitors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

For the enclosure is a plan needed which provides access via a ramp near the lifeguards station - south without creating a footpath situation. Another (pedestrian) access from the boulevard directly as a bridge or stairs to the clubhouse is not allowed by Rijnland.

The total area of the building must not exceed 350 m² over 2 floors (max 5.70 m high). A smaller area is thinkable if it is conceivable that the following areas of useable spaces are designed in an efficient way to organize a good result and if warranted by financial reasons.

The 350m2 included all protrusions such as canopies and sun shading. It is appropriate to provide overhanging eaves or a canopy or other sun shading to regulate the amount of direct sunlight entering into the building. The building is a length-width ratio with the length parallel to the tide line.

The second storey is smaller in area and should also provide a great perhaps partly covered terrace.
The building needs to express a visually homogeneous and coherent as a building, paying attention to the roof and rear where the building is visible from the boulevard.
There also needs to be unity in colour and character.
The choice of roof shape is free although when selecting a wood or steel framing an obvious choice would be a pitched roof construction.

The Clubhouse is placed in a unique location on the Dutch coastline.   From the start the design was focused on making use of the dunes at the east side and the open sea on the west side.  The prevailing wind coming from the sea will provide an excellent drive force for cross ventilation in the building during most of the time and the dunes are shielding the building from the cold North-Eastern wind during the winter.

The building developed itself naturally in a two layered building with a square footprint to make the building more economical and more energy efficient. The ground floor provides all the facilities to service the water sport activities and the first floor provides the recreation. This functional diversity within the building is visual reflected by creating two different volumes. The ground floor forms the base of the building and is expressed as a solid element with openings, in contrast to the first floor which has an open character with clear glass panels and louvers. The first floor is designed with a diagonal to maximise the visual and functional relation between the inside and outside. The first floor connects back to the ground by extending its louvers. This creates two dynamic architectural volumes which are engaging with each other.
The floor plan is developed around a central core containing all the services and staircase. The circulation on each floor is designed as efficient as possible in order to keep the circulation area to an absolute minimum.

On the ground floor, the facades of the storage areas for the kites, sails and garage are designed with horizontal louvers to allow natural ventilation to enter these potential wet areas. This also provides sun shading as well as security to the storage areas. The character of the facade is extended from the second floor were the louvers provide sun shading and an internal wall with full height glass and insulation panels to regulate the internal conditions.
On the second floor a diagonal glass facade is placed across the floor plate. This facade provides a maximum view out from the second floor towards the terrace and the sea but also connects visually the outside terrace space into the building. The terrace can be shaded off from the sun with a fabric hung from cables spanning between the columns. This provides a flexible use of the terrace.
The brief asked the building to be demountable in a very short time and to be reassembled at a later point in time. Our design approach is to develop a building with a prefabricated construction method. A central core is designed out of concrete to provide an anchor point for the prefabrication and stability to the building. All of the mayor services for the building are contained in the core and will be kept in place at all times. From the core, floor beams and floors can be connected, columns raised and facade panels hung from the perimeter. All elements are designed on a modular of 600 mm to make the coordination between all other elements possible.  By designing identical building elements the assembly and reassembly of the building becomes easier and faster.

Watersport Vereniging Zandvoort

Building area:     585 M²
Footprint:            390 M²

Architect:                    Atelier AVO + SOTAstudio
Construction + cost:  NPC Expert Center
Wood building:            De Mar houtkonstrukties B.V.



Zandvoort - The Netherlands





Birdseye view Station

North platform
Lift detail North Entrance

Approach North entrance

Approach North entrance

East view South entrance
View South-East corner of South entrance
View South-West corner of South entrance
Detailed view South entrance
View from platform
Concept study
Ground floor
First floor
North-West view
Main entrance
South-East view
Birthseye view terras


The Brief

The Vision

The Vision


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