Keukenhof by Mecanoo

Keukenhof

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

Keukenhof finally has a proper main entrance. Mecanoo designed an elegant gatehouse to welcome the large flows of, mainly international, visitors to the world famous gardens.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

A striking timber roof leans on two volumes, forming an impressive gateway to the park. The stepped roof structure of interwoven isosceles triangles provides shelter, whilst creating an ever-changing play of light and shadow.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

From the outside world to the world of flowers
The gatehouse is the transition between the outside world and the world of Keukenhof and all its flowers. While walking through the entrance, you will see the beautiful Dutch skies above framed by timber triangles.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

Look down and you will see an intriguing pattern of triangular shadows on the ground. A fence with a tulip motif marks the beginning of a journey of discovery through the park.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

Integral design
The integral design for the entrance area includes two plazas. A forecourt with wedge-shaped planters leads visitors from the main car park to the entrance.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

The stepped roof leans on two volumes, forming an impressive gateway to the park. The gatehouse houses public functions such as cash registers, an information desk and retail.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

Skylights in the roof create a spacious and light atmosphere in the restaurant. The office spaces on the first floor, used year-round, offer extending views over the park.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

Spring
The use of natural materials – wood, copper and brick, lends character to the building without being a distraction from its environment.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

On a beautiful spring day, the glazed facade can be opened almost entirely, blending the interior with the exterior.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo

Ponds with fountains provide a suitable ambiance for a pleasant day out and sitting on the spacious terraces, visitors are treated to views over the largest tulip field inside the ‘most beautiful spring garden in the world’. Source by Mecanoo.

Keukenhof
Photo Courtesy of Mecanoo
  • Location: Stationsweg, Lisse, the Netherlands
  • Architect: Mecanoo
  • Structural engineer: IMD bv, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Mechanical and electrical engineer: DWA, Bodegraven, the Netherlands
  • Contractor: Van Wijnen, Dordrecht, the Netherlands
  • Programme: Gatehouse of 3,200 m2 with cash registers, restaurant, retail, visitor facilities and offices, including 1.35 ha of landscape design
  • Client: Stichting Internationale Bloemententoonstelling Keukenhof, the Netherlands
  • Project management: Frans de Brabander
  • Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Mecanoo
Keukenhof
Site Plan
Keukenhof
Ground Floor Plan
Keukenhof
First Floor Plan
Keukenhof
Roof Floor Plan
Keukenhof
Plant functions
Keukenhof
Section
Keukenhof
Section functions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *