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This is not the same old magazine. Compasses is the opportunity for architects, interior designers or just for followers to keep in touch with the most up-to-date ideas, innovations and new trends within urban planning, architecture and design. Our scientific committee members select papers, reflections and in-depth detailed articles which will then form each magazine number with a monographic slant. Every Compasses issue has a central topic, summed up in a key word, with each article revolving around it. Compasses thus comes out as a definitely actual and seducing object, while also being a volume to be collected, a place rich of high quality contents in which one can dialogue and compare himself in a worldwide context.

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Biesbosch Museum Island, water in between

Mara D'Avino - Architect

The Museum tells the past struggles between man and nature and the challenges of the present for giving a wide wetland back to mother nature, in view of the climate change.

In the National Park De Biesbosch, born in 1421 in the aftermath of a famous flood which caused the creation of the wetland in which it is placed, rises the Biesbosch Museum Island. The Museum tells the past struggles between man and nature and the challenges of the present for giving a wide wetland back to mother nature, in view of the climate change. The first part of the building dates to 1994, but, because of the increasing number of visitors, it was soon renovated and extended by Studio Marco Vermeulen in 2015.
The intervention has completely transformed the original wing, both in the structure and in the spaces of the permanent exhibition; the extension is aimed at hosting the temporary exhibition – signed by Studio Joyce Langezaal – and the organic restaurant; on the island, finally, an aquatic model of the Biesbosch and a park of the freshwater tide were built. The project and the realization process of the new wing are based on the clear exaltation of the Dutch approach to water management, with a unique outcome, which saw the building nominated for the ArchDaily Building of the Year 2016 Award and given two prizes at the 2016 Architizer Awards.

The philosophy behind the project and the construction of the new wing is oriented to the sustainability of the interventions: first, outlets were dug to create a new island in the lagoon and the hexagonal structure of the original pavilions was consciously saved. The entire building is surrounded by earthworks and covered by a green roof planted with lawn and shrubs. The object of land art adds ecological value and a fold in the roof gives way to an adventurous mountain path and a vantage point on the extraordinary surrounding marshy landscape.
The eco-oriented actions extend to the control of the internal microclimate: the existing and new volumes are designed to minimize energy consumption. The large windows allow to enjoy the sunlight and to admire the park, while the selective glasses prevent the heat from entering inside the space, avoiding the use of blinds and minimizing energy consumption. The earthworks on the north-west side and the green roof serve as additional insulation and thermal buffer. A floor heating and cooling system ensures temperature control. In the cold season it is fed by a biomass boiler, in hot weather the river water flows through the same pipes to cool the building.

Biesbosch Museum Island, water in between

Mara D'Avino - Architect

The Museum tells the past struggles between man and nature and the challenges of the present for giving a wide wetland back to mother nature, in view of the climate change.

In the National Park De Biesbosch, born in 1421 in the aftermath of a famous flood which caused the creation of the wetland in which it is placed, rises the Biesbosch Museum Island. The Museum tells the past struggles between man and nature and the challenges of the present for giving a wide wetland back to mother nature, in view of the climate change. The first part of the building dates to 1994, but, because of the increasing number of visitors, it was soon renovated and extended by Studio Marco Vermeulen in 2015.
The intervention has completely transformed the original wing, both in the structure and in the spaces of the permanent exhibition; the extension is aimed at hosting the temporary exhibition – signed by Studio Joyce Langezaal – and the organic restaurant; on the island, finally, an aquatic model of the Biesbosch and a park of the freshwater tide were built. The project and the realization process of the new wing are based on the clear exaltation of the Dutch approach to water management, with a unique outcome, which saw the building nominated for the ArchDaily Building of the Year 2016 Award and given two prizes at the 2016 Architizer Awards.

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