Project: "Zaanstad Zuid "
Designer(s): Misak Terzibasiyan & Emile van Vugt , Netherlands
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Entry Description: The new Zaanstad-Zuid sports centre building has been built in the Poelenburg district next to the street De Weer. The urban development between the green area on De Weer street and the water alongside the M.L. Kingweg alternates between enclosed blocks of houses and businesses and a more open arrangement of school buildings and a religious centre. The sports centre has been built within the same building block as the adjacent colleges, Pascal-Zuid and De Faam. As a result, both buildings share the same playground. During the day, the sports hall is used by these schools and it is subdivided into three areas. The students use the day entrance which opens directly into the playground. In the evenings and at the weekends the sports hall is used by sports associations and neighbourhood groups who make use of the cafeteria area, the conference room.

About the Designer/Company
The founders and owners of UArchitects, Misak Terzibasiyan & Emile van Vugt , are personally and professionally focusing on an international context and on the influence of cultural themes. This is mainly based on their ethnical background: Emile van Vugt was born in Germany with Dutch parents and Misak Terzibasiyan was born in Helsinki with Finnish and Armenian parents; this gives a glimpse of their deep personal interest in other cultures . The differences in the nature and scale of our assignments and studies prompt us to develop new strategies for every client. Our design philosophy remains recognisable throughout: intuitive and reflective, and always based on our fascination for people and places. The places and people provide hints of the volume, orientation and materialisation we want to apply. The design of our buildings is in dialogue with the context and with the expression of an individual texture. Misak Terzibasiyan and Emile van Vugt had studied at the University of Technology Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and had worked at international offices before founding UArchitects in 2003.