At the end of 2014, in collaboration with contractor Somass, lab03 won the competition for a new visitor centre next to the historical castle Assumburg in Heemskerk (The Netherlands). The building accommodates a general reception area, an office for the volunteers and a workshop. Construction was completed at the end of 2015.
By the positioning, the chosen outline and use of material, the building blends into the environment in a natural way. The new volume is set back from the existing monumental wall. By extending the roof over the existing wall an extra covered outdoor space is created. The new building adds a new layer with respect for the history of the site.
When the solar panels are connected the building will be neutral in its use of energy. The old glass roof tiles provide extra light for the outdoor space. They light the space in a mysterious way, matching the atmosphere of the ancient castle.