Your browser is not supported. Please contact or try another browser.
Project language:



Arnhem Rozet is the new address for various cultural and educational institutions in Arnhem. The mixture of Library, Heritage Centre, Art Centre and Community College gives rise to one of the most important public buildings in the city.



In volume and articulation Rozet forms the architectonic transition between the historic and the post-war city tissue of Arnhem. The building lies at the conjunction of the Station Area and the Kerkplein (Church square), which is the central route in the urban planning for the Rijnboog quarter in Arnhem. Rozet, with its cultural and educational program, provides an anchor point on this public route and a catalyst for future urban development.



Rozet has been designed as an urban elongation of the central route between the Station Area and the Church square. The core of Rozet is formed as a glazed interior route which intersects the building on all floors. A lingering public gallery with a sequence of attractive squares which function as entrances for the various institutions and reflect the synergy between them. Occasionally the interior street takes the shape of an exhibition hall or foyer, at other times it functions as an auditorium or an ascending reading room with study sites. The visibility of this interior street from outside as well as the apparent programming on the inside of the building in the showcase windows, led displays, book cases and illuminated billboards strengthen the public identity of the building on both street and city level.



The façade of Rozet is aimed at expressing public identity. It is built out of sandy, vertical concrete elements that display the building as a whole to the city. The elements feature reliefs and rosettes, giving the façade texture and the building meaning in its public supply by their analogy with knowledge. On the one hand the vertical blinds function as a fixed screen, on the other hand they allow the sunlight to enter deep into the building through high vertical windows.



A combination of choices make Rozet a sustainable building. The interior street operates as a climate neutral vent based on natural ventilation. The roof is entirely green. It is a combination of vegetation and a water buffer which contributes to the air-condition of the building. Birds and insects benefit from this green oasis in an urban setting. Furthermore, the roof accommodates solar panels which make a substantial contribution to the energy requirements of the building. Lastly the thermal storage establishes Rozet as one of the most sustainable buildings in Arnhem.

The building’s exterior is composed of vertical, prefab sand-coloured concrete elements boasting relief designs and decorative rosettes. ABT took the sequence of construction into account when elaborating the technical design. As a result of the clever detailing, the exterior walls of the building were sealed from wind and water at an early stage; this allowed the final phase of interior construction to begin while elements of the façade were still being installed. The walls of the stability cores are made from facing concrete with an applied pattern that imitates wooden planks. All facilities rendered in the 3-D model have been translated, one by one, into the prefab wall elements. As a result, nothing interrupts the seamless rhythm of the faux planking. ABT redefines the functions of project, construction and contract management for each and every new project, creating custom solutions tailored to the specific client: management that fits like a glove. Construction is a team sport. During a project’s execution, we act as a hub within the team of client, architect and advisers. Risk management and an integral approach to the process are the most important considerations in that regard. With the Rozet project, the challenge lay primarily in ensuring the five end users’ awareness of what the final result would be – something easier said than done. Although the basic principles are made clear long before the start of construction, for many clients, the final result remains difficult to conceptualise until the building itself begins to take tangible form. As a result, clients’ desires sometimes shift during the course of construction. Making these oft-changing desires a reality is an area where ABT can truly add value. This ability made a major contribution to the positive publicity surrounding the project, as well as to ensuring another, more important, goal: a satisfied user.
Rozet is the melting pot for various cultural and educational institutions in Arnhem. The location is unique – Rozet is right opposite the huge Feestaardvarken sculpture at Burgers’ Zoo and next to Arnhem’s historic cellars. As an extension of the public space, the building serves as the link between the Central Station by UN-studio and Arnhem's city centre.

Related associations


Related projects

No results found

Company only pages are only available for project partners of a project. Since you are not listed as a project partner, you are not able to access this company only page.
Did your company worked on this project? Go to the Public page and list yourself as a project partner to access your company only page
Uploading a picture is currently only possible if you worked on this project and your company is listed in the team.
You're now following Rozet. Click here to see everything you're following.
You stopped following Rozet
Project added to your favorite projects. Click here to see your favorites.
Rozet is removed from your Favorites

Click the +Favorite button to add this project to your personal favorites