Archive for June, 2011


June 16, 2011

Following the invitation of ‘Europa Nostra’ to ‘Gashouder’ in Amsterdam, Sir David Chipperfield has given an excellent lecture on preservation and heritage. Truly intellectual and precise, he used the example of ancient Greek vase to illustrate his approach (and presented his fantastic refurbishment of Neues Museum in Berlin). Describing the relationship and coexistence of the old and new, one gives meaning to the other without mimicry or false.


June 8, 2011

Hl architecture receiving the first prize from the Lt. Governor of Bonaire, Glen Thodé. Quotes from the jury report accompanied by great landscapes of Bonaire: in Dutch: Toen ging het nog om: Karko, Bombo, Bries….. Karko (Attika) vanwege een heldere eenvoud, Bries (Zandbelt van der Berg)  was van een verleidelijke directheid, Bombo (HL architecture) was van elegante helderheid…….De architectuur van Bombo  en Bries waren verwant aan elkaar: strak, precies en van een hoog iconisch gehalte waarmee Bonaire op architectonisch regiokaart kon worden geplaatst.

Lastly it was about designs with the code names: Karko, Bombo, Bries….. Karko (Attica) because of a clear simplicity, Breeze (Zandbelt van der Berg) had a seductive directness and Bombo (HLarchitecture) was of elegant clarity ……. The architecture of Bombo and Breeze were related to each other: sharp, precise and with a high iconic quality that could position Bonaire at the regional architectural map.


June 7, 2011

On the recent visit to Ljubljana we went by few of Plečnik’s works. He is an absolute master of composition, material, detail, scale and atmosphere where heavy and light, soft and hard perfectly coexist. Still looking for a good book….Tromostovlje with the Tržnica market behind