The culture-forming aspects of revitalization – the case of extension of the Sarphatistraat Offices Building in Amsterdam

Piotr Furmanek



Among numerous aspects of culture we ought to mention its city-creative function and a society-creative role. The extension of Sarphatistraat Offices building designed by American architect Steven Holl due to its untypical function integrates the local community. In this way revitalization of a downtown space performs a culture-producing role. An additional merit of this building is its innovative form inspired by the Menger sponge – one of the most famous fractal object. In the article a comparison was made of the forms of the realised design and a theoretical visual simulation was made with the use of a mathematical fractal model.

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