House UP by Team B - Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten in Eindhoven ugliest place.

House UP by Team B – Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten in Eindhoven ugliest place.

Dutch Design Week 2015. Maarten Baas assembled and worked together with two architecture teams to give new honour to one of Netherlands ugliest places. In Eindhoven, the dutch designer on behalf of Dutch developer SDK Vastgoed oversaw a battle to build an iconic building for living, working and shopping in De Bakermat plaza.

House UP by Team A - Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten in Eindhoven ugliest place.

House UP by Team A – Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten in Eindhoven ugliest place.

The competing teams simply named A and B were composed by four Dutch and foreign architects from Van Aken Architecten. Dutch design visitors, and a jury of experts judged the proposals on show at De Kazerne Venue and www.debakermatvan.nl.

Team A proposal featured a block of buildings with piched roofs and made in different materials. Each building has asymmetric windows sticking in and out the main body. The final effect is a cartoonish look ranging from bright yellow to dark colours.

Sketch by Team A - Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten.

Sketch by Team A – Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten.

The project by Team B features two brick buildings studded with house-shaped windows. Each window comes in a different shape and protrudes from the main volume enclosing a small balcony.

Sketch of House UP by Team B - Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten.

Sketch of House UP by Team B – Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten.

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For many years the plaza’ has been a thorn in the eye of administrators and residents in the city of Eindhoven. Indeed, the site has the dubious honour of holding fourth place in the top ten of the Netherlands’ ugliest locations.

Sketch of House UP by Team B - Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten.

Sketch of House UP by Team B – Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten.

Designer Maarten Baas says “I rather like the idea of a battle. Two teams who compete with each other and who aren’t allowed to apply their usual methods to the task at hand. All of us, both the architects and myself, were working far outside our comfort zones, which generated a nice degree of tension. And this is reflected in the result”.

Sketch of House UP by Team B - Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten.

Sketch of House UP by Team B – Maarten Baas and Van Aken Architecten.

Designer Maarten Baas says: ““What fascinates me about architects is how they emphasise the practicality of each aspect. They tackle things in a fairly rational and practical way, which is often diametrically opposed to my more intuitive approach”.

The Sketch - Team A

The Sketch – Team A

Photos: courtesy of Organization in design.

The Sketch - Team A

The Sketch – Team A