Institute for Sound and Vision
Commissioned by the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Sound and Vision), a new building has opened in Hilversum to house the archives, offices, Media Experience and other public facilities including a restaurant, conference rooms and classrooms.
All stages of the process, from fundraising and concept development to operational and contract management of the design and build all took place under our direct responsibility. The building, achieved within budget, stands out through its colorful and unusual design, featuring five underground floors and a huge atrium with no visible columns providing support. The new site was opened by Queen Beatrix on December 1, 2006 and is now visited by 200,000 people a year.
In 2007, Architectural Yearbook voted Sound and Vision as the best new building project to be finished in 2006. Then-Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ronald Plasterk presented XPEX with the prestigious “Golden Pyramid” for 2008, a state prize awarded for excellence in commissioning work in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, infrastructure, and physical planning. The project has also won several other national and international awards.
Below you see a short movie of the building process.