Project Description

Zandvoort recreational park – Visitor Centre

Location: Zandvoort
Year: 2019
Area: 400 m2
Status: built
Client: Inleisure
Team: Remko Remijnse, Agnese Argenti, Emanuele Saracino, Manfredi Guidi di Bagno
Landscape: Snoek Puur Groen
Interior: RH Interieurs
Contractor: Peter Peters

Mid July 2019 recreational park Zandvoort recreational park opened its doors. The park is situated between the Formula 1 track, the national park Kennemerland and the beach of the town of Zandvoort. It’s also conveniently close to the cities of Haarlem and Amsterdam. Because of its unique location the park will attract a very diverse group of guests. From city dwellers to beachgoers and from nature lovers to race fanatics. For the design of the park this meant that it couldn’t be a ‘1 size fits all’ concept and should be able to accommodate this diverse group of guests. The architecture of the park plays a key role in giving meaning and expression to this diversity.

Guests enter the park from the Zandvoort boulevard and the first building they’ll see it the visitor center. With its floating roof this pavilion like building provides a panoramic view over the whole park. Inside guests can check in at the reception and there’s a mini shop. The shape of the visitor center is a clear volume made of black wood with vertical planks. The vertical planks give different expression to the façade based on the position and intensity of the sun. In the back there is a patio with bikes for rent. In contrast with the black façade the basement floor is made out of light concrete. The basement is houses bedrooms for the staff and a common living room. The concrete volume has sharp edges that cut into the dune like a knife.