The soul of the building

  • Annet Braakman / Master of Interior Architecture

‘It is striking that, when it comes to the repurposing of buildings, little attention is paid to the existing character of a building which is quickly converted to meet a new vision. The building then becomes an empty shell; without the old strength and value of the building, its individuality disappears and it is more likely to be demolished. For that reason, I searched for a working method which paid more attention to the building itself, which reapplied the old character to the new designs, and, in this way, preserved it for multiple generations. With this method, you peel off the different character traits of the building until all that remains is the essence (the soul) of the building. Thereafter, it can be reconstructed to adapt to a new vision which incorporates the essence and characteristics.’