Winning Project – Galileo Reference Centre.

De Architekten Cie from Amsterdam won the competition for the Galileo Reference Centre (GSA- – a new data collection building for the Galileo satellite system in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Galileo Reference Centre building with the sky full of stars in Nordwijk in the Netherlands

[one-half-first]The development of a non-military Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is a collaboration with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Commission (EC) and the Dutch state – Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. Located close to sand dunes in the Noordwijk, it has lightweight plywood structure, with the façade covered with glass panels. Right after the entrance[/one-half-first]
[one-half]we face with the “social lobby”, which is opened up to the first floor. It becomes building’s main circulation area joining two floors as well as outside wildlife with interior’s green terraces. Main factor of the design was its life-cycle. Prefabricated wooden composite structures can be easily disassembled and reassembled allowing to minimum waste production.[/one-half]

Our studio was responsible for the visual side of the project including night/daylight exterior and interior visualisations. We carefully selected the camera angles to present this project in a subtle and unusual way. In this particular commission special attention was given to the night shot. We expressed the sky full of stars being the main interest of the client. Perspective of the daylight image aimed to show the surrounding nature, which blend with the reflective material of the façade. In result the concept got the green light and we can see it built. Renders were created in 3ds max, V-ray and Photoshop. To achieve unique mood of the visuals we used the matte painting technique.

Galileo Reference Centre workspace with rectangular window facade


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