Lucent BE

In Full Swing

Client: De Alliantie
Type: Transformation of office complex into
95 apartments + art project
GFA: 9,400 m2
Location: Larenseweg, Hilversum, NL
Design team: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei,
Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl

Project team: Jurjen van der Horst, Stijn de Jongh,
Gerty Daniels
Team: Alynea Architecten
Construction: Adams Bouwadvies (Building BE),
Breed ID (Swing)
Production swing: Van den Brink Metaalbewerking
Painting: Schildersbedrijf Van 't Veen
Completion: 2018
Photography and film: Peter Cuypers

This artwork on the north façade of Building BE completes the transformation of both the Lucent buildings in Hilversum by Studioninedots. The striking monotonous facade, with a height of 30 meters, is located at a dynamic roundabout that forms the busy intersection between the Larenseweg and the Jan van der Heijdenstraat. The artwork is a combination of an eight-meter-high, steel swing with an impossible shadow that gives the usually unambiguous north facade a play of light, movement, scale and illusion. The girl on the swing represents new energy and cheerfulness - a symbolic reference to the Lucent buildings that has been given a new lease of life.

Building BE was a 1970's office building that we converted into apartments. The former Lucent industrial site in Hilversum is currently being transformed into a mixed-use residential/commercial district. The last companies vacated the site in the 1980s, and two of the five office buildings were retained. Being in good condition, these two buildings could be renovated to easily gain a new life.

Next to Building BE we designed De Alliantie’s headquarters. Find more on this project here.