Parket van een afgedankte barkruk, isolatie van oude jeans

Parket van een afgedankte barkruk, isolatie van oude jeans

Het nieuwe paviljoen van ABN Amro op de Zuidas heet ‘C i rc l’, maar het is niet rond. Het is hartstikke rechthoekig, met twee verdiepingen en een openbaar toegankelijke daktuin. Wat er wel rond aan is, is de gedachte erachter: dit moet een etalage worden voor circulair bouwen, de overtreffende trap van duurzaamheid. En de bank wil zelf het goede voorbeeld geven.

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House of the Witches’ Hats

House of the Witches’ Hats

I’ve been coming to Barcelona regularly now for about eight years. Our balcony looks out over Gaudi’s Pedrera (‘the ant hill’, we call it), the Sagrada Familia in the distance and in between a gingerbread castle-like building with six pointy towers that we dubbed ‘The House of the Witches’ Hats’. But only now have I seen it from the inside.

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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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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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