Studio RAP has unveiled its latest project – the Ceramic House, a transformative project that utilizes cutting-edge 3D printing technology to reshape the architectural landscape of Amsterdam’s prestigious P.C. Hooftstraat.
This bespoke architectural endeavor showcases Studio RAP’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of contemporary design by seamlessly blending traditional craftsmanship with state-of-the-art digital fabrication processes. The result is a visually expressive and texturally rich facade that introduces a new design language to the famous shopping street.
Innovative Algorithmic Design
At the heart of the Ceramic House is Studio RAP’s innovative approach to algorithmic design. The digital design algorithms, developed in-house, explore a reinterpretation of glazed ceramics, infusing the historic city of Amsterdam with a fresh perspective. The silhouette of the original facade is replicated, preserving the characteristic tripartite structure of the street while introducing a modern aesthetic.
The facade’s design features intricate layers inspired by textiles, resembling elegant creases, interlooping yarns, and stitch patterns. This organic, wave-like quality creates a dynamic visual experience that evolves as viewers approach the structure from different angles. The custom ceramic tiles, printed with precision using the studio’s proprietary 3D printing technology, harmonize with the historic surroundings while offering a contemporary flair.
Pioneering 3D-Printed Ceramic Tiles
Taking inspiration from the renowned Rijksmuseum, Studio RAP employs large-scale 3D printing technology to realize highly differentiated and algorithmically designed details. The team collaborates seamlessly with advanced robotic systems, showcasing the studio’s dedication to excellence in architectural design. The result is a facade that stands as a testament to Studio RAP’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of architectural innovation.
The street-level facade boasts large 3D-printed ceramic tiles glazed in pearl white, with a subtle touch of yellow, by Royal Tichelaar. These visually expressive tiles transition seamlessly to a flush alignment at ground level, creating a harmonious and detailed aesthetic. On higher floors, 3D-printed bricks glazed in three distinct shades of red further enhance the building’s visual appeal, showcasing abstract ornamentation that fades as they ascend.
Project Name: Ceramic House
Location: P.C. Hooftstraat, Amsterdam (NL)
Client: Warenar Real Estate
Architect: Studio RAP – studiorap.nl
Co-Architect: Gietermans & Van Dijk
Contractor facade cladding / 3d-ceramic-printing: Studio RAP
Firing and glazing: Royal Tichelaar
Main contractor: Wessels Zeist (VolkerWessels)
Photographer: Studio RAP / Riccardo De Vecchi
Film: Oculus Film