High-rise de Staal

The facade of the lower block of the residential high-rise De Staal that’s to be realised in Delft (NL) is designed by Studio RAP. The complete facade design will be realised in 3d-printed ceramics. 

Location Delft, NL
Year 2022
Client DCVZ architects / Novaform
Architect DCVZ architects
Architect facade Studio RAP
Status Under design

The facade design is based on 3 pillars:

1. Raggedness
The contour of the block and of each pier is frayed. This makes the block recognizable with a natural and diverse identity. The frayed piers are not evenly distributed over the facade surface, which reinforces the diversity of the facade's view. Additionally, the piers follow the interior walls so that full glass window openings can be used.

2. Horizontality
The balustrades outline the entire block on each floor. The detailing and materialisation is distinctive compared to the two blocks above, but together recognizable as a coherent design.

3. Special Transition
The balustrade and piers are connected via a soft and subtle transition. The distinction between them is gradual but recognizable.

When the facade is observed more closely,  the tiles reveal more diversity and detail. Thus one can see that each tile has a unique contour and shape and the ceramic material becomes visible. The facade is composed of only unique ceramic tiles.

Diverse & Natural

When even closer, the tiles reveal a uniquely rich detail. Each tile has a different 3d shape and together they form a larger pattern. Because daylight is different at every moment of the day, the design adapts to the atmosphere of the day. A facade that does not bore, where one discovers a different detail every time, a facade with a certain timelessness.

Tile panel

This richness refers to the famous Delft Blue tile pictures; not historicizing with traditional craftsmanship, but in a contemporary way with digital craftsmanship.