During my period at Fokkema & Partners architecten I have been working on multiple projects, often helping out where needed. The one project I spent most time on was a laboratory and office building for a pharmaceutical company in Goch, Germany. The biggest challenge was to strengthen the beautiful atmosphere of the location along the park with the new building, and to relate respectfully to a former monastery building dating from 1651.
The typology of our proposal resembles that of a cloister, with colonnades and an enclosed semi-private courtyard linked to the public park. The building looks robust but transparent, and the vertical elements in the facade create a playful alternation of shadow and light. The facade facing the church is aligned to the existing building, and helps defining the urban square. This way a natural sequence arises from an urban to a landscape environment. My contribution to the project was the design and visualization of the architectural concept within its environment.