Buildings should be designed both from the outside in and from the inside out. Demands are made of designs both in terms of the location and of the desired functions; in addition, it is considered important to express the nature of this function within the specific space. Only by taking these various preconditions seriously can solutions be created that are considered beautiful not just in and of themselves, but also within their context; and which feel comfortable not only when seen from a purely functional perspective, but also in relation to their location.
A library, after all, looks different from a play centre; a theatre makes other demands than a children’s nursery; then again, a library in a village can be a very different building from one in a large city. Not only in terms of size, but also of the way in which every building must relate to its immediate neighbours, in terms of dimensioning, choice of materials, colour and style.
As the environment and the history of the context are equally important to the final appearance of a building, Soeters Van Eldonk architects consciously uses a range of architectural languages, or styles, varying from historical to symbolic to modern.