HOTEL BERCKEPOORT, DORDRECHT
REDEVELOPMENT PLAN // FROM VACANT MONUMENT TO BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Graduation project 2019
Find a suitable function for the monumental building with a perfect fitted design
Mature & Repose
A concept that emerges from the lost history of this building. The Berckepoort lost a substantially amount of its old interior. With this concept I combined materials and the color usage of the 16th century and the life that was lived here back in the days with modern design. A throwback to the history of the building and how it was used by the family and its guest.
For my graduation project I made a redevelopment plan for one of Dordrecht’s oldest houses. The Berckepoort has been empty for years, while it is one of the most important buildings of the history of the city.
This building was constructed in several different eras. The construction started in 1540 and it was finished in 1800. In the early 16th century the house was inhabited by a significant wine merchant, who started to use the basement as a wine store.
The big complex, owned by MR. Berck, became a family home which included a guesthouse for noblemen. One of the important guests back in the days was Prince Willem van Oranje. He had is own dedicated place in the attic where you could find more guest rooms. Important guests like this made the Berckepoort one of the most important parts in the history of city.
During my research I started to get to know more about the story of the building and about the history of life back then. This story started to be an important part of my design process which turned out into the concept ‘Mature & Repose’.
The layout of hotel Berckepoort reverts to the layout as it used to be. The old functions in the building have found their way back into the Berckerpoort, in a modern way. An important part of the new layout was to bring back the connection between the different areas.
My material and color chose are based on the life of the 16th century. I have found a color palette by looking into a study of the ‘Dordrecht Colors’ which includes colors of the urban environment. This colors are a back influence on the character of the city Dordrecht and is determined by centuries of history. The project is a study of the colors in prints and paint specifications, supplemented by a study of color applications on a serie of monumental buildings. In the color range of 55 colors I looked for colors from the 16th, 17th and 18th century, in the period the Berckepoort was build, and implemented them into the interior.