December 15, 2014
For the Biennale in 2008 we created a Virtual Reality called Fly United. The Mash-up shows nine jets in the V-shape typical for migrating birds like geese. The idea is that the slipstream will reduce air-resistance; the airplanes will become lighter because they have to bring less fuel! Airliners from London, Brussels and Paris for instance could gather in the sky to ‘embark’ on the collective long haul flight to NY… and safe 10%.
It of course requires really good pilots. Now Airbus for the first time succeeded to make formations with passenger class flights… check this amazing family flight video. It is getting time to check the hypothesis.
Thank you Daan Roggeveen for the in-flight information!
December 9, 2014
“Er zal een trotse wijk verrijzen…. Grote grijze toren flats nog mooier dan paleizen”.
“A proud neighborhood will arise… large grey tower blocks prettier than any palace”. ‘t Schaep met de 5 pooten – 1969 – De Bijlmermeer
‘t Schaep met de 5 pooten was an immensely popular TV show broadcasted nationally in 1969. One episode chanted about the creation of a new expansion of Amsterdam: Bijlmermeer, the CIAM inspired hexagonal vertical garden city: concrete utopia. The heartfelt optimism about the new quarter in the making is remarkable: Bijlmer Bliss!
“That desolate wasteland
Will become an all concrete neighborhood
With a thousand houses in a row
And all equal”.
“I can feel that I will love you
Apparently grey concrete was considered wonderful… brutalism appreciated!
During the rescue operation and revamp of Kleiburg -the last remaining apartment building of the Bijlmermeer still in original state- layers of paint have been blasted off. Balconies and galleries once again expose the wonderful tactility of concrete: the consoles delisiously coarse and rough on one side and refined on the other, the exposed aggregate concrete panels vibrant, and the prefab railings smooth and soft. Maybe even better than Travertin.
An unfortunate chain of events aborted our initial aspiration to bring back the tropical hard wood window frames in transparent varnish. But the grey paint (RAL 7039) proofed a wonderful and fitting alternative…
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November 29, 2014
ThyssenKrupp is developing the world’s first rope free elevator. The MULTI will evoke a revolution. It comprises of several cabins in the same shaft moving vertically and horizontally that will permit buildings to adopt different heights, shapes, and purposes, transforming conventional elevator transportation in vertical metro systems. Transrapid going up!
MULTI requires smaller shafts than conventional elevators, and can increase a building’s usable area by 25%!
The MULTI is exactly what we’ve been waiting for… In our proposal for Taipei performing Arts Center we hoped to deploy a system of elevators that besides going up and down could move sideways, that could overtake each other for ultimate efficiency and pure bliss: the elevator a ride!
November 25, 2014
Sleeping Policeman in the gutter.
Increasingly heavy rain might eventually require a new type of drainage. Traffic safety will remain an important issue. So why not combine bump and gully?
Can we invert the speed bump and turn it into some kind of gutter?
Drainage and speed control combined into one object = speed drain!
November 10, 2014
Our 3D printer is humming. Apparently different shapes evoke different sounds. From the specific reverberations Master Gen can distinguish the shape… ah… I can hear a box.
September 9, 2014
Coming soon: a new small station in the framework of ‘Prettig Wachten': Barneveld Centrum
The waiting area will be fully glazed. The idea is to turn all windowpanes into doors.
As such the building will no longer be in your way. You can enter and exit at any point.
August 18, 2014
The Bolwoningen (spherical houses) in Den Bosch were designed by Dries Kreijkamp in 1980. A total of fifty were built with a diameter of 5,5m, a floor space of 55m2 and content of 125m3.
Since 2001 experimentation no longer forms to a substantial part of our building culture. “My home is my castle” is taken seriously: brick fortresses rule…
A similar conservatism is apparent in car sales: 80 percent of the cars sold in the Netherlands in 2013 were either grey, white or black. NL became a grey nation.
One striking aspect of ‘het Bollenveld’ in Maaspoort today is the festive parking lot: an explosion of color! Not a single grey hatchback insight… Is there a link between the exceptional residential typology and this vivid palette?
Or are the cars still ‘original’, dating from the same era as the houses?
June 24, 2014
The art work of Job Koelewijn and Aernout Mik is now up and running at TIVOLIVREDENBURG. Job’s Running Cemetary lists names of deceased artists on the hand rail of the escalators.
This weekend the video installation De Zesde Zaal was opened by alderman Margriet Jongerius.
We were delighted that Aernout proposed to attach his piece on our ‘floating’ music hall. We worked closely together to make the 7 x 3 meter screen an additional ‘tentacle’: autonomous but part of the organism. It forms a spectacular virtual ‘window’ to Pandora.
The 40 minute video is called The Sixth Hall. Aernout intended to add an additional ‘outdoor’ hall to the music building. The movie shows two different executions of 4’33: the mute composition by John Cage. 4’33 minutes of silence…
The ‘music’ is performed by the Asko Schönberg Ensemble conducted by legendary Reinbert de Leeuw and metal band Textures! Hell yeah! The ‘visual’ silence is intriguing…
The ‘concerts’ take place in front of a large audience in the amphitheatre of Lichtenberg in Weert. This beautiful but run down odeum is part of a school compound designed by Pierre Weegels in 1954 and forms a delightful architectonic backdrop.
June 23, 2014
After months of try-outs this weekend TIVOLIVREDENBURG kicked off. With a bang! The opening party will last two weeks: hundreds of acts. Janine Jansen, The Opposites, Arthur & Lucas Jussen, 2ManyDjs,The Kyteman Orchestra, Bootsy Collins, Rob Zombie, Bad Religion en Steel Panther, Madness. Madness! On July 3rd King Willem will officially open the building.
The audiences of the different halls -chamber music, symphony, pop, jazz, club- mix and mingle in the abundant interstitial space. Biotopes in the blender. Bootsy meets Bow tie. The bubbles pop!
The building is remarkably ‘empty’, it is inflated beyond believe; airy. The Gross / Nett proportion is no longer of this world: anachronistic luxury…
To see the building in action is moving, a public mixing chamber. Butterflies dancing in an aquarium with a shoal of fish suspended in midair…
June 6, 2014
The future of luminaries?
No more cables, no more wires, no more fixed fixtures: illuminating drones, flying lamps