New community meeting space for the Dakpark, Rotterdam
The Dakhuis (Roof House) is at the same time a shelter and an agora: a place where groups and individuals can come together for a common purpose: sharing with each other and learning from each other.
For the visitor of the Dakpark, the Dakhuis is a place to experience and participate in the coexistence of urban life and nature, a testing ground where a new kind of city is conceived and made. The Dakhuis is a common house, organized and arranged by residents. It is an experiment to redesign the city, based on the participation of its inhabitants. The Dakhuis strives to be a place that stimulates social interaction. It will be a place where residents and others can become actively involved in the design of their living environment.
The physical space of the Dakhuis is built on two levels: an airy, light and spacious glass house, set on top of a warm and cozy enclosed space, built of straw bales. The Dakhuis has the form of a crown, as a luminous symbol for the Dakpark community.
The building is designed to be used flexibly, in all seasons: in the summer the entire space is used, with the top floor functioning as a terrace that can open to the outside. In spring and autumn, the glass house is heated by the sun and can be used for all kinds of activities. In the winter, the user retreats to the ground floor, where the insulated spaces are heated by means of economical and sustainable pellet stoves. The outer wall built with straw bales provides extra comfort. The water from the roof is collected in large reservoirs for use in the garden.
Dakhuis was selected to participate in the second round of the competition 'Bijzonder buiten, zoekt innovatief binnen' to design a new community space for the Dakpark in Rotterdam.
Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg, Kate Unsworth
Jasper van der Made