Black Box or White Cube

November 16, 2021

This render by Master Gen of the Gate House is slightly reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. It has a special feature though. The exact same material that was deployed in the actual building, the retro-reflective foil, is embedded in the print.

The visualization is both representation and real at the same time. Render vs Reality in a new light! The print is available in limited edition through Cityscapes Gallery.

The Gate House IPKW is clad in retro-reflective film. The same material that is used for traffic signs. But why would a BLACK version even exist? A mind-blowing and counter-intuitive inversion unfolds: the film has a black daytime appearance but reflects light at night. The black box will change color depending on the temperature of the light source. Brake lights will create a red glow, blinkers will evoke a pulsating orange.

Retro reflectivity is the proper term given to materials having the ability to return most of the light back to it’s originating light source. Many objects are reflective, but the light reflecting off them (the light that’s not absorbed by the color itself) is scattered in many directions, because they do not possess the ability to re-focus the light hitting them back to the light source“. (Good Prince of Darkness)

#gatehouse #porterslodge #blackbox #radicalrenovation #retroreflection #industrieparkkleefsewaard #arnhem #schipperbosch #nlarchitects @cityscapesamsterdam

Sorge um den Bestand: virtual tour

August 16, 2021

The exhibit “Sorge um den Bestand. Zehn Strategien” on show at TU München (TUM) until 28 August.
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Virtual tour: https://virtualtour.bestand.daz.de/
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GROWING VALUES
The construction industry is responsible for almost half of all CO2 emissions.
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What if we build in wood?
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For all 26 units of Terrace House 700 trees would need to be cut leaving a void in the forest of 140 m x 140 m
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Yet, it takes less than 21 minutes to grow back!
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Let’s value growing materials.
Let’s grow new values.

Back to school

July 8, 2021

Forum Groningen appears as a topic in the final exams of the Dutch Highschools (Examen Handvaardigheid Havo).

Questions like: “in the center of the building you’ll find an open space, the atrium. From here you can access all floors including the roof with views over the entire city. The atrium reinforces the public character of the building. Please explain how“.

Tricky…

#recurringnightmare

MONOPOLY 3D

July 6, 2021

Game on! next level, new rules: cultural facility as catalyst : )

Forum Groningen at GROOTE MARKT = chance

GROWING VALUES

June 28, 2021

The construction industry is responsible for almost half of all CO2 emissions. What if we build in wood?

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Germany’s forests supply the equivalent of 1 m3 of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) every 2 seconds

For all 26 units of Terrace House 700 trees would need to be cut leaving a void in the forest of 140 m x 140 m

Yet, it takes less than 21 minutes to grow back!

While absorbing some 2 000 tonnes of CO2

Let’s value growing materials. Let’s grow new values.

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GROWING VALUES is collaborative project of Studyo and NL Architects and part of the traveling exhibition and publication SORGE UM DEN BESTAND — currently on show at DAZ until June 27. NEXT STOPS: Munich and Duisburg.

COOPERATION of BDA and Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

CURATORS: Olaf Bahner, Matthias Böttger and Laura Holzberg

SORGE UM DEN BESTAND – ZEHN STRATEGIEN FÜR DIE ARCHITEKTUR published at Jovis Verlag

EXHIBITION DESIGN by Marius Busch (ON/OFF) and Christian Göthner (lfm²) in collaboration with Daria Dordina

CONTRIBUTORS: I Katja Fischer, Jan Kampshoff — II Simon Jüttner — III Andreas Krauth, Urs Kumberger, Verena Schmidt — IV Tabea Michaelis, Ben Pohl — V Eike Roswag-Klinge, VI Michael Obrist — VII Jörg Heiler — VIII Roland Gruber, Maria Isabettini, Peter Nageler — IX Dirk E. Hebel — X Aysin Ipekci, Kamiel Klaasse

PHOTO: Leon Lenk

MODEL: atelier 36

RESEARCH: Dr. Ir. Pablo van der Lugt, Green Matters, TU Delft, Markus Steppler, W. u. J. Derix GmbH & Co., Martin Schwarz, Wald und Holz NRW

GROWING VALUES

June 24, 2021

The construction industry is responsible for almost half of all CO2 emissions. What if we build in wood?

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Germany’s forests supply the equivalent of 1 m3 of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) every 2 seconds

For all 26 units of Terrace House 700 trees would need to be cut leaving a void in the forest of 140 m x 140 m

Yet, it takes less than 21 minutes to grow back!

While absorbing some 2 000 tonnes of CO2

Let’s value growing materials. Let’s grow new values.

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GROWING VALUES is collaborative project of Studyo and NL Architects and part of the traveling exhibition and publication SORGE UM DEN BESTAND — currently on show at DAZ until June 27. NEXT STOPS: Munich and Duisburg.

COOPERATION of BDA and Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

CURATORS: Olaf Bahner, Matthias Böttger and Laura Holzberg

SORGE UM DEN BESTAND – ZEHN STRATEGIEN FÜR DIE ARCHITEKTUR published at Jovis Verlag

EXHIBITION DESIGN by Marius Busch (ON/OFF) and Christian Göthner (lfm²) in collaboration with Daria Dordina

CONTRIBUTORS: I Katja Fischer, Jan Kampshoff — II Simon Jüttner — III Andreas Krauth, Urs Kumberger, Verena Schmidt — IV Tabea Michaelis, Ben Pohl — V Eike Roswag-Klinge, VI Michael Obrist — VII Jörg Heiler — VIII Roland Gruber, Maria Isabettini, Peter Nageler — IX Dirk E. Hebel — X Aysin Ipekci, Kamiel Klaasse

PHOTO: Leon Lenk

MODEL: atelier 36

RESEARCH: Dr. Ir. Pablo van der Lugt, Green Matters, TU Delft, Markus Steppler, W. u. J. Derix GmbH & Co., Martin Schwarz, Wald und Holz NRW

Naamgebaar

April 15, 2021

How to say Forum Groningen in sign language?

Stichting Clubhuis voor Doven organized a contest to find a fitting gesture. The brilliant proposal of Leonie Bloem takes the V-shapes for ‘view’ and for ‘reading’ and combines them with the gesticulation for ‘meeting’ into one meaningful and crystal clear expression: a manual x-ray of the Forum.

At the same time the name gesture seems to paraphrase the hip hop classic east side – west side : )

Of course it should be included in Bouwspraak

BOUWSPRAAK

April 13, 2021

“The whole earth was of one language and of one speech”.

They said one to another, “Come, let’s make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” They said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let’s make ourselves a name.”

A new language has been invented: a language for building sites, a sign language, a universal language.

Two developments sparked the desire for a new mode of communication:

The noise on construction sites increasingly calls for protective ear-wear. This makes verbal exchange even more difficult.

At the same time the number of nationalities involved in the building process has been steadily growing. At least 10 different languages could be heard on the construction site of Forum Groningen, for instance. How to exchange information? How to build?

Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. Yahweh said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do. Come, let’s go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

Interestingly the industry that is responsible for that very Babylonian Confusion of Tongues now presents the unifying solution: the Esperanto of non-verbal communication: Bouwspraak!

All that glitters is not gold

October 22, 2020

After decades of lucrative extraction of natural gas, the province of Groningen now suffers from frequent tremors with devastating effect.

But an article in Nature headlines that EARTHQUAKES MAKE GOLD VEINS IN AN INSTANT. That would be something! Earthquakes as potential cash cow? Payback for Grunn? From black gold to real GOLD?

This striking photo by Peter Wiersema reveals the essence of the Forum: the public realm of the city lights up like a gold vein and extends into the building, winding all the way up to the roof as a geological marvel.

This could serve as a metaphor: social capital as the most valuable commodity.

Kleiburg Mutations

October 20, 2020

Kleiburg Mutations is an attempt to visualize the immense variety of individual choices of the new inhabitants of the Kleiburg estate to customize their homes.

Kleiburg Mutations maps the seemingly endless range of modifications -some big, some small- of the ideal cell as conceived by Fop Ottenhof in 1974.

Kleiburg Mutations shows the permutations of the two main unit types: a dynamic sequence of the varying positions of rooms, kitchens and bathrooms including the types and positions of facade elements as far as we could track them down (not all information is available, so some units remain a mystery: )

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