The Golden House

The centre of the New Town of Houten is undergoing a metamorphosis. As part of this process we proposed the construction of a pavilion on the main market square of the city. The pavilion should be regarded, almost literally, as a precious stone or a jewel, embedded into the surface of the square.

The building is designed integrally with its environment together with the nearby terrace and bridge. It is conceived as a solid sculptural golden mass, rising from the basalt surface of the terrace. The program consists of a bar, a restaurant and meeting rooms divided between three levels and inter-connected by spatial voids.