Kaan Architecten transforms government building into workspace

Kaan Architecten transforms government building into workspace

Built in 1917 by the chief government architect Daniel E.C. Knuttel for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Industry and Trade in The Hague, the brick and stone building at Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 has been transformed by the Rotterdam-based Kaan Architecten into a home for five government-related planning and advisory agencies. I wrote an article for Architectural Record about how the once dark and heavy interiors of this national landmark are now light and transparent, and, in keeping with the changing times, B30, named after its address, is ready to facilitate an exchange of knowledge rather than the exercise of power.

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Cold and dark: on board Scott’s polar ship Discovery

Cold and dark: on board Scott’s polar ship Discovery

We all know Captain Robert Falcon Scott as one of the tragic heroes of the heroic age of polar exploration: in 1912 he reached the South Pole, only to discover that the Norwegian Amundsen had beaten him to it. Scott and his companions did not survive the return trip. Scott’s polar career had already started in 1901, when he set off on a scientific expedition in the legendary ship the Discovery.

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Ruins of a perfect world

Ruins of a perfect world

I first saw work by the French-Luxemburg artist duo Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil two years ago at Galerie Fontana. It was the exhibion ‘Un monde parfait – In dust suspended’. I wrote an article for NRC about the way they use their sculptures to come to grips with the desolation of the modern utopia that was realized in concrete on the edges of Paris – as in many other cities.

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Tot in de dood zit briljante fotograaf Peter Hujar zichzelf dwars

Tot in de dood zit briljante fotograaf Peter Hujar zichzelf dwars

Fotograaf Peter Hujar was net als Robert Mapplethorpe een centrale figuur in de underground van New York in de jaren zeventig en tachtig. Voor het eerst is er nu een groot retrospectief van zijn werk, een samenwerking van vier jaar van het Morgan Library & Museum in New York, de Fundación Mapfre in Madrid en het Fotomuseum Den Haag. Lees hier mijn stuk voor NRC. 

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