Location: Delft, The Netherlands
Photographs: Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom
The Delft based cepezed architects have acquired the former Museum of Technology at the Ezelsveldlaan in Delft and transformed it into a collective company complex for enterprises in the creative industries branch.
After the thorough renovation, the architectural office itself has also established its residence in one of the monumental halls, which date from the beginning of the 20th century and were originally constructed to teach the workings of steam and combustion engines to students of the Technical University. cepezed projects, the developer associated with cepezed, has moved along and played an important role in the redevelopment of the property.
The ensemble has a number of very characteristic elements such as an open roof construction of iron, a heavy crane way, gallery floors and a variety of constructional-decorative details. In 1990, the buildings were registered as a local monument and in 2003 they even acquired the status of a national monument.
When the Technology Museum left the complex in 2008, the weekly magazine of the Technical University called the creation of former government architect Jan Vrijman (1865-1954) ‘the dream of many an architecture devotee’. The journal specifically discussed the industrial atmosphere and high degree of daylight incidence, which were an impediment to the museum, but on the contrary fit the character of an architectural office like cepezed very well.
With the renovation of among others the bonded warehouse building in Rotterdam, Building 51 in Den Helder and the Textile Museum in Tilburg, cepezed has ample prior experience in revitalizing important industrial inheritance.