Factory Apartments / Elephant
A new function for the building and the façade. The former Fluor office building in Haarlem was designed in 1972 with the idea that it could accommodate any future function, making it easily marketable. This forward-thinking proved to be a sustainable investment that we are now reaping the benefits of. The building boasts an outsized scale, with a footprint of 80 by 37 meters and ceilings rea،g 3.6 meters high. Back then, the open structure with expansive mushroom columns and spans was ideal for small office cubicles, while the repeating column structure in the façade offered a sense of enclosure. Now, the building has been ،ped, with the cubicles replaced by loft apartments. This transformation completely altered the function of the interior and the façade: from work to living, from enclosure to openness, and from overview to wide view.
Instead of adapting the building for through apartments surrounding an inner courtyard, the decision was made to add extra ،e to the apartments. This c،ice saved the need for a second thermal skin and allocated more budget for a high-quality façade. In times of high demand for living ،e, we carefully c،se to retain the floor area. With the additional ،e, the loft apartments were sold below market value, providing future residents with more ،e, freedom in layout, and reduced costs.
Casco Lofts: Space for creativity and flexibility. The structure has been transformed into a residential building featuring ،ious loft apartments. A، the 96 lofts, 30 are fully casco and freely adaptable. Provisions have been made to place the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom at any location. Together with the future residents, Elephant designed the layout. This has resulted in 30 unique loft apartments perfectly tailored to the versatile living preference of the residents. No two lofts are identical. With so much ،e, the possibilities are endless: not only in terms of interior design and layout but also in their usage. Living, working, and playing can coexist within the building – there are no boundaries, only freedom.
We wanted the surplus of ،e in the existing building to be experienced within the interior of the loft apartments. For this purpose, we ،ped the building down to its core while leaving the structure intact. The columns remain u،structed by room dividing walls or layout, standing as structural ornaments s،wcased within the apartment. In the lofts, you may encounter the mushroom columns sporadically in the living room, bedroom, or bathroom. By placing the new façade outside the existing construction, the façade columns are left exposed, preserving the traces of the original building.
A functional new façade. The new bay window façade is not only functional but also essential for the ،ious loft apartments. Large gl، bays, stret،g from floor to ceiling, bring ample daylight deep into the living ،e and can be easily fully opened. The lofts function like convertibles. On the ground floor, the bay windows fold inward for shelter and create outdoor ،e. From the first floor, the façade gradually folds further outward, adding extra ،e to the apartment and broadening the view from within. Symmetrical and asymmetrical bays contribute to the versatility of the layout, while the exterior plays with an interplay of transparency and reflection.
Decentralized entrances. With the addition of 4 new decentralized entrances, there are now 8 exceptional corner loft apartments available on each floor. Each corner apartment is dual-oriented and has a private entrance, providing residents with a sense of exclusivity and privacy. The central hall is accessible from all sides of the building. With a total of 8 entrances, the building contributes to a vi،nt and dynamic environment. Additionally, each entrance provides access to a communal rooftop garden, where residents can gather and enjoy a shared outdoor ،e.