A WATER MILL WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY SHAPE
The water company for Amsterdam and surroundings – Waternet – decided to build a new water mill in Uithoorn, Netherlands. Oostindie Architecten had already been working for the company for several years when the project arose. However, this project was too big for the small architectural firm to handle alone, so they brought in Buro van der Goes architects. Together, they won the bid and then jointly designed and managed the project.
Inspired by the function of a mill and the shape of a snail
“The shape is inspired by the function of the mill – to pump water from the polder into the river, which is a linear movement – and also by the shape of the snails which are indigenousto the meadows. The working name for the project therefore became ‘Viviparus'” explains Oostindie. Van der Goes adds, “The sections that you see in the shell of the viviparus are reflected in the building.”
If you see a viviparus, it also has a lot of colours on its shell. This provides a very varied look.
Van der Goes
Natural materials – natural look
The roofing material for the project was the subject of some discussion. Initially, a zinc roof was presented to Waternet, but they didn’t want that due to the negative effect of zinc on the water quality. So clay tiles were an obvious choice. The architects also wanted to create a timeless, natural look. The different earthy colours of the clay tiles enhance this desired appearance.
To ensure it was a nice pattern, we came up with a structure for the tiles.
Project nameWatergemaal, Uithoorn, Netherlands
ArchitectOostindie Architecten and Buro van der Goes architects
Koramic Leipan 301 in various colors: grey – red – blue – black – brown glazed
Year of completion2015