Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant Clad in Delftware Tiles! | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

The SHIFT:publication team has been exploring cultural awareness of infrastructure.  Specifically that emerging infrastructure must become prominent cultural symbols at the community scale.  Images of large cooling towers on the horizon simply do not sufficiently embed themselves within the community in a way that demonstrates our critical dependency on and increasing scarcity of natural resources.

Here is a perfect example – power plant as a community hearth.  Quite a powerful cultural statement and notably more dominant than the neighboring church.  I guess its saying “warm the body before the soul”

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Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant Clad in Delftware Tiles!

by Andrew Michler, 07/07/10

Anonymous utility buildings dot our cities, keeping the other buildings humming — but they’re almost never part of the aesthetic fabric of the urban scene. Taking this into account, we were excited to see this unique power plant clad in one square meter beautiful Delftware tiles on Arch Daily. Designed by Dutch architecture design firm Cie in collaboration with artist Hugo Kaagman, this new Combined Cycle Energy plant (CHP) in downtown Roombeek is an extraordinary ode to the past and a celebration of modern infrastructure. The building has been named Stadshaard (which translates to ‘city hearth’), to honor the source of the city’s light and heat.

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