Completed in 2014, Liong Lie Architects, in collaboration with Leaders Against Routine, erected the cave-inspired Gold souk building in Beverwijk, Netherlands. The nearly 115-foot long façade has a captivating exterior that is fitting to the building’s ultimate purpose. The retail space was designed for gold dealers and goldsmiths who gather on a weekly basis along the Goudstraat or Goldstreet at the Eastern Market of the Bazaar, the architects explain.
The golden exterior is enveloped in intricately folded panels that feature integrated lighting between them to add a dimensional element at night. The complex folds enable the three-dimensional building to shine like a gold nugget, “…by repeating these panels throughout the whole façade with a varied orientation, a very diverse façade emerges, a real eye catcher,” explain Liong Lie Architects.
Due to the unique fabrication of the panels, the calculated exterior has the ability to glisten and showcase differing elements at various times of day. As a comparative component, and surprising given the extravagant nature of the exterior, the interior is subtle. The design for the inside is minimalistic, entirely black and allows the showcased jewelry to be the most captivating details featured.
The lavishness of the exterior design, as the architects further explain, “…[the building] looks like a gold bar, with a secret cave inside, containing the loot of the forty thieves.”
photography courtesy of Hannah Anthonysz
information courtesy of Liong Lie Architects
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