Archive for the 'heritage' Category

AFREUROPE_PAST FUTURE

March 11, 2013

afreur1‘ He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.’ George Orwell. Exhibition at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is celebrating the 400 years from the Golden Age, and all venues in the city are focusing on it. Some parts of the famous ‘Grachtengordel’ or the canal district look very much alike the historical paintings (if we erase trash bins and cars and parking ticket poles). Alike but not the same, as the subtle layers of developments throughout time show through the historical cracks. UNESCO has granted a good deal Amsterdam Centre a monumental status, which works like a preservative. Question arises how will the city develop further? At the same time, inside, the city changes and develops. Controler and Activist_smlTwo almost consequent  projects deal with the question of how to imagine and give form to the future by understanding the past. One of them, the last Winterworkshop (Jan-Feb 2013) at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam was dealing with the question what will the Grachtengordel be like in the 400 years from now.  The students predicted the New World coalition: the AfrEurope, a north south pact of an imaginable non-material society where people will be wearing their mask as the only possession describing their qualities, abilities and influence. Students doubled the portraits in the seventeenth century gallery with copied portraits wearing the future masks. Overcoming the 800 years in time.

with: Lada Hršak, Frederica Jambor, Paul Kuipers, Jerryt Krombeen, Heather Macsween, Wishant Manna, Patrick Rogiers, Eva Souren, Mark van Vilsteren, Thom Zijlstra.Afreuropa_timezones_smlMap of The Afreurope Union

THE GEORGIAN TALES_FACADES

January 13, 2013

Upon the invitation of The Dutch Embassy in Georgia we went to Tbilisi to participate in an interesting event: Days of Dutch Architecture in Georgia containing an exhibition and the lecture series. Accompanied by very warm welcome, many interested parties and foremost an interesting place. When the mist set off the city revealed it’s treasures. Ministry bankThe Ministry of Transport designed by minister Chakhava himself at the end of soviet times turned into The Bank of Georgia. Followed by the restored wooden loggias of the historical summer place and ultracontemporary architecture.tanjur The change and adaption was however most interesting to be seen in modernist housing slabs. One might call it personalising the facade, and activating the ground floor with public functions: small commodity shops and services. MiniMARket It is difficult to trace the original elevation and shopkeepers were suspicious to strangers. But energy of people and  power of change makes this definitely a place to return to. Multiflat

BADEL BYPASS

June 2, 2012

Historically the city gate, the Kvaternik – Badel area is a true Zagreb urban and trading area currently divided in three separate disconnected places. Ever since the market was removed from the Kvaternik square to the lot ’round the corner’ the area lost it’s heart. Our proposal in the competition for the Badel block creates an urban bypass, giving the market a new home and bringing it into the Badel block. Reuse of all heritage buildings strengthens and continues the urban mix of the place. The block perimeter is closed with housing and a composition of three towers (the existing tower with the two new mix-use towers) adds to the city skyline. The submerged market square allows for double space use exchanging the fresh food morning market with cultural market and public stage in the evening, asking for a direct link with the old distillery which turns into cultural black-box. By replacing the current market a free lot emerges on Šubićeva street, which we align and fill with new housing scheme. The proved collaboration of HL architecture and Daniel Casas Valle urbanism with Fabian Wallmüller‘s wonder touch aims to create vibrant social and economic heartbeat of the neighbourhood. This entry also serves as a discussion piece, pointing out the urban dependencies of the area. A pleasure to work on.

ADRIATIC TOUR

July 22, 2011

ZAANSE SCHANS RESIDENCY

July 4, 2011

Non-fiction, office for Cultural Innovation invited HL architecture for the residency in a monumental house in the Zanse Schans. The famous, notorious and intricate place is owned by Stadsherstel that tries engaging with different audiences and adopting contemporary strategies for their projects. The residency will explore the past and future potential of the area, advising a strategic branding strategy. On a smaller scale the strategy will envisage the possibility of incorporating the traditional techniques, crafts,detailing and building parts into a contemporary setting, defining a new ZS brand. During the course of residency we will hold the open hours or ‘inloop spreekuur’ for architectural advice on site. http://non-fiction.nl/about/

COEXISTENCE

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.