Barneveld Centrum: Permeable Walls

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.

Out of the Box: Bossche Bollen

August 18, 2014

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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?


The Sixth Hall

June 24, 2014

The Sixth Hall_by Aernout Mik

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…

Flying Fundamentals

June 6, 2014

The future of luminaries?

No more cables, no more wires, no more fixed fixtures: illuminating drones, flying lamps


BIM is beautifull III_Groninger Forum Body Worlds

June 4, 2014

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In Groninger Forum Building Information Management is used for ‘clash detection’. But some errors fly under the radar…

Can you detect the clash in this sequence?

Check the captivating clip: Groninger Forum Body Worlds

BIM is beautiful II: Forum Fundamentals

May 1, 2014

YouTube Player GUI 2013

Six large prints of BIM is beautiful will be part of the exhibit called “Invisible City” opening on May 10 in Cityscapes Gallery.

Now on-line: Groninger Forum Body Worlds…. a clip revealing the intestines hidden under the ‘hood’.


Loop the Loop

March 28, 2014

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10 years ago: Loop de Loop… mathematical madness. How did we pull it off? Clip by Christoph

With Wim Sjerps, Christoph Wassmann, Annarita Papeschi, Sören Grünert, Beatriz Ruiz de la Torre, Sarah Möller

Budget Hotel

March 14, 2014

The elevator in our hotel runs on change; you have to throw in some coins to get to the next level…

BIM is beautiful

March 12, 2014

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Building Information Management (or is it Modelling?) is the new key to successful projects. Potential failure can be prevented by erecting a complete virtual model of the building. It allows all partners in the planning process to work together on the same ‘drawing’.

A team of 8 people at ABT and HvM is working on a super detailed mega model of Groninger Forum. Word has it that it is the first project in the Netherlands that includes the installations in the BIM Model. The crew at Huisman en van Muijen is drawing up all ventilation ducts, vents, shafts, pipes, fixtures, bulbs, switches and sprinklers in 3D CAD. Mesmerizing… So far 4.200 ‘clashes’ have been detected and subsequently resolved. What? WOW!

Since a few years we’re working with Revit. We’re excited with the possibilities of cyber structure but we’ve been frustrated with the visual output; we’ve been struggling with the aesthetics.

But now we slowly start to discover how to represent the Model in more appealing ways. Both re-rendering BIM in visualization software and plain black and white hidden line snapshots turn the model in a mind-blowing intricate architectural version of Body Worlds.

The drawings now turn out to be so gorgeous that our gallerist Bastiaan Gribling of Cityscapes Gallery will include them in his collection. A series of these images will be featured in a show coming May.


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