Vanderveen department store Assen

Vanderveen department store Assen (1993-1997)

Herman Hertzberger, Laurens Jan ten Kate, Cor Kruter, Willem van Winsen, Folkert Stropsma, Ariënne Matser, Andrew Dawes

A shift in the building line gave this local department store the opportunity to extend its premises (to a depth of just six metres) so as to show a new face to the square. The idea was to have the new portion stand free of the existing block at the front, like a ship moored alongside with only 'gangplanks' linking it to the 'quay'. The design proceeded from a 4.5 metre deep building combining a row of slab-shaped columns with cantilevering floors, held clear of the existing department store by a 1.5 metre wide void. Construction-wise it consists of a number of floors divided into smaller areas by the slab-shaped columns. The vast display window with its glass skin shows off the variety of wares to be found in a department store like Vanderveen.


Koopmansplein 16, 9401 EL Assen

Gross floor area

17.000 m2


Vanderveen department store


Duccio Malagamba and AHH


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