Elevator with Balcony
Archive for November, 2011
Heijmans wins Gouden Piramide for Funenpark!
Gouden Piramide (‘Golden Pyramid’) is a state prize awarded each year for excellence in commissioning work in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, infrastructure and physical planning.
The intro text for the exhibition in Prague is placed inside the door frame. The Czech version on the right and English on the left. Perhaps a counter-intuitive position: right in the doorway, causing awkward congestion- but it might be the start of something beautiful… in a way it is meant as a tribute to Imponderabilia, the masterpiece by Ulay and Abramovic
Made in NL will close this weekend.
There is a dispute about windmill De Otter near our office. The owner claims that because of the recently built ‘high-rises’ the mill doesn’t get enough wind anymore to function well. Replacing the entire structure is the only option. And he already found a beautiful new location… The local government however wants to rescue the old wood mill for the cityscape of Amsterdam and prohibits its relocation.
But the controversy can actually be solved easily. The mill can be jacked up to a more windy level. De Otter can both be relocated and stay at its current location at the same time! The operation of lifting the mill can be paid for by several exceptional apartments in its shaft…
For us it was the first time to see the black reflector after dark… would it work?
The black top more or less disappears at night, emphasizing the brightness of the reception / lobby. And frequently the black surface suddenly lights up. Magic!
For the occasion a Laser projector was installed, scribbling illuminating messages. Ephemeral graffiti: IPKW connects
The design process was far from standard. The building was created in close collaboration with Schipper Bosch, our client. Director Bart Schoonderbeek is an architect too, educated at the AA. Bart played a crucial role in all phases of the development: the traditional distinction between client and architect evaporated… the result is pure team effort.
Since the collaboration was so successful we thought it would be a good idea to bring a present: a ‘traffic sign’ showing the diagram of this radical re-use project: the original building in white, the part that had to be sliced of in yellow, the new contour in black. A kind of retro-reflective Peter Halley highlighting past and future in one frame…
Project leader Guus making his appearance on the big screen.