September 2015 For the Royal Auris Group we designed an audiological center and their main office. Construction started recently. The location on the Amman Square in Rotterdam is special because on the same spot there was a school for the deaf from the Royal Amman Foundation, one of the forerunners of the Auris Group. This foundation and the square were both named after Johan Conrad Amman (1660-1724) who was born deaf, yet learned to speak. The school from 1959-1962 has been demolished but the environment is still characterized by striking postwar architecture, and the site is recognized as a site of national importance. This was an important starting point for our design.
The audiological center contains a lot of examination rooms on the ground floor. The main office on the first and second floor has an open work environment. The two share a large living/working kitchen with roof terrace on the first floor. The building has an underground car park. Acoustics, of course, play an important role in the project. A number of examination rooms are performed as box in box to exclude any ambient noise. One room has a Faraday cage in order to prevent magnetic fields from the outside.
We looked very carefully at the materialization of the building. Both the type of brick as the brickwork bond are inspired by the facades of the surrounding buildings. Brick is combined with concrete, also referring to the postwar architecture, such as the concrete framework of the large window on the front side. There is always full view from the building on the square.
Ector Hoogstad Architecten collaborates with Van Zanten Construction (contractor), Smit Westerman (construction advice) Vintis Installation Advice (installation advice) and Waaijer Projectrealisatie (construction management). Completion is scheduled for June 10, 2016.