Glazed ceramics in various blue

by Koninklijke Tichelaar

This ‘Slow Façade’ gives a new residential tower in the Kanaleneiland district of Utrecht a unique identity within its post-war context. Designed by Mei Architects and Planners, its creators explain that the façade is ‘slow made’ with respect the con

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Product
Glazed ceramics in various blue
Manufacturer
Koninklijke Tichelaar

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Material
Ceramic, Ceramic

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This ‘Slow Façade’ gives a new residential tower in the Kanaleneiland district of Utrecht a unique identity within its post-war context. Designed by Mei Architects and Planners, its creators explain that the façade is ‘slow made’ with respect the consciousness it shows towards local materials and production techniques. The earth-coloured concrete façade elements, each measuring two floors in height, feature a surface texture enhanced by the incorporation of 13,000 handmade ceramic tiles by Royal Tichelaar Makkum, a Dutch company famous for its tile designs. Created in collaboration with artist Milou van Ham, excerpts from the works of poet Tsaed Bruinja have been pressed into the tiles. And as an interesting detail, the tiles continue on the underside of the balconies and galleries, making the words visible to those passing by on the street below.


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