ANIMAL HOSPITAL THE HAGUE IS SYMPHONY IN WOOD
05/07/2018 – ANIMAL HOSPITAL THE HAGUE IS SYMPHONY IN WOOD
“FARO designed a animal hospital as a symphony in wood. Inland larch adorns the southern facades in variety, black wood makes the outer shell robust “. This introduction adorns an article in the June issue of Houtblad. Director of the Hague Animal Hospital and Ambulance Service Pieter Smit knows exactly why he chose FARO.
For people and animals
“Arcitect Jurgen van der Ploeg came to see us immediately. He saw that cats like to sit in the sun, they now have an outer cage on the south. Sick cats, however, like to look up the dark; the quarantine rooms are on the north “. Stress reduction is essential for sick animals, so each housing had to be tailored to the specific animal. And many facilities are hospital-grade.
The vision of FARO is: “If you do not build for people, for whom?” FARO had to take into account animals and people in this assignment. To take the neighbors into account, the dogs were given a separate room to prevent noise from barking. The back sides are also black so that it is not too noticeable. The front is warm brown.
The building is beatifull to look at. The asymmetrical saddle roof comes to the fore at the façade. The wooden columns support the overhang, creating a sheltered outdoor area. The bridge is a showpiece of the traditional building. Both the handrails and the bridge deck are made of round wood.
Van der Stap explains that the FARO team selected thousands of trees from an inland douglas stem. It then dried for a few years and was then sawn into a jewel of the Animal Hospital.
Wouter van der Stap and modeller Jesse Kat supervised the construction. Wouter: “You will never get larch outside frames in the house building, even if they are protected by an overhang like this. Here the client did not only rely on guarantees, but he also let himself be guided by his ideals. He was looking for the best possible possible with us. Then you do not want hardwood, which grows relatively slowly and has to travel far. Larch is relatively inexpensive, grows at lightning speed and comes close up “.
The black façade cladding consists partly of black wood Tonosho, for which FSC-douglas shelves were burned according to a Japanese use. Another part is black dyed douglas. It is precisely this combination that provides beauty and a reduction in costs. FARO has set up an attractive building in collaboration with its partners. A building that takes into account animals and people, with a brown-black coat!
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