During the yearly National Day of Architecture this weekend, the cepezed-designed Centre for Human Drug Reseach (CHDR) in Leiden has won the professional jury award of the Architecture Prize Leiden 2013. The prize-giving ceremony took place in the RAP Architecture Centre, where Leiden's town architect Maarten Schmitt presented cepezed the accompanying art object designed by Jan Kleingeld.
According to the jury, cepezed has splendidly succeeded in realizing a building which offers a lucid and well-organized answer to the complex programme including laboratories, research- and living spaces, offices, auditorium as well as general and technical support functions. With its reserved architecture, the materials used and its well thought-out detailing at all levels, the committee commends the building as a future-oriented Gesamtkunstwerk. The jury is particularly pleased with the spatial arrangement of the premises, with a smart and open stair well which fulfills a social key role: 'In combination with the various perspectives and the abundant use of daylight, the building invites meeting and interaction between its users. cepezed has designed a good building that is comfortable to use.'
The two-yearly Architecture Prize Leiden was initiated in 2011 to honour and stimulate high-quality architecture in Leiden.
The new CHDR-accommodation is also one of the projects prominently documented in the new cepezed publication In detail, in which the office breaks a lance for the importance of detailing in architecture. The book is available through book stores and NaiBooksellers.