Former MAZA building

Reallocation project in Harlingen

This research I have done as part of my graduation project at the Jan des Bouvrie Academie. For this, I carefully choose a project that inspired me. Therefore I choose the former MAZA building in Harlingen. Because of the impressive history (it was build by the German army during WWII in order to fabricate ammunition) and the appearance of the building, the local residents have saved it from destruction. Here a new interpretation had to be found.
The preliminary investigation showed that the craft industries are important for Harlingen and its inhabitants. There is also the fact that more and more ancient craftsmen disappear, with that the artisanal craft, there is increasing unemployment and higher educated disappear from Harlingen. To meet all these audiences the MAZA building will get the new function as Craft Centre.

Based on this research, I hope to have realized a design in which local craft optimal comes into its own. And thus encouraged young and old to immerse themselves in the craft.