Dwell: a crisp Belgian home with concrete curtains

Dwell: a crisp Belgian home with concrete curtains

“Jo Vanweert knew two things when he decided to build his first home: It would be on the highest point in his small hometown of Bilzen, Belgium, where his family has lived for generations, and it would be designed by his cousin Jan Vanweert, an architect 11 years his senior. Jo told his cousin he wanted a house that had clean lines inspired by classic modernism and that took advantage of its hilltop site.

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“What his cousin delivered has a modernist rigor tempered with a surprising softness, a twist that turned out to be perfect for the younger Vanweert’s evolving family.”

Read my report from Bilzen, Belgium on the house with the concrete curtains for Dwell: Dwell Belgium mei juni 2020

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John Adams online: gesprek met Roger Ross Williams

Under corona lockdown, the entire cultural world has pivoted to producing online content. The first online event of the John Adams Institute was an interview I held with the American filmmaker Roger Ross Williams and the Dutch lawyer and judge Bart Stapert. Roger – who has spoken at the John Adams twice before – made the first three episodes of a new Netflix Originals series called ‘The Innocence Files’.

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Diana Scherers kunstwerken van levend textiel

Diana Scherers kunstwerken van levend textiel

Kunstenares Diana Scherer werkt met de wortels van planten, van tarwe tot margrieten. Als een ware flora-dompteur laat ze de wortels groeien in patronen die zij heeft bepaald. Haar ‘doeken’ zijn van een onvermoede schoonheid die symbool staan voor enerzijds de strijd tussen mens en natuur, anderzijds het samensmelten ervan. Zij heeft nu een tentoonstelling in de expositieruimte van Hotel Droog.

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Dwell: Coastal house expands to accommodate three generations

Dwell: Coastal house expands to accommodate three generations

For the American magazine Dwell I wrote a piece about an intriguing house in Schoorl designed and built by its owners, the couple Ayla van Geest and Jordie Kuin, together with Ayla’s parents. By expanding an existing house they made space for three generations – and for their French bulldogs Bullie and Cooper! Ayla and Jordie furnished their well-designed expansion with lots of ‘pre-loved’ building materials. 

Read the story on the Dwell site or as a pdf: Dwell Schoorl Jan 2020