“The Simultaneity of Modernism” Modern architecture in dialogue between Dessau and Rotterdam

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in cooperation with the Stichting Werelderfgoed Van Nellefabriek shows an exhibition about the modern dialogue between two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Bauhaus Dessau and the Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam. The project is set up as a bilateral visitation with one exhibition in Dessau and one in Rotterdam.

 

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung "Simultanität der Moderne" © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung “Simultanität der Moderne” © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam

 

Rotterdam in Dessau, Dessau in Rotterdam: For the very first time, a joint exhibition project realised in two simultaneous exhibitions sheds light on how the approaches to modern architecture developed  in the same direction beyond the national borders. (more…)

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents “The Life Fair. New Body Products”

With universal themes such as Birth, Work, Sex, Security and Health, the exhibition The Life Fair: New Body Products explores how the quest for an optimal body has developed into a highly competitive market.

 

The Life Fair, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

The Life Fair, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

 

Never before has technology had a greater influence on the body. Our physical selves can increasingly be monitored and, when necessary, improved. And the relation between the human body and its surroundings has never been subjected to so much control. Why not freeze your eggs until you’ve had a successful career and then have children? Or take a chemical test to determine whether you’re really in love? And instead of following a diet, use intelligent cutlery that knows precisely what a daily portion of healthy food is. We are constantly faced with the choice: buy or boycott, opt-in or opt-out. (more…)

Rotterdam’s International Architecture Biennale 2016 discusses “the next economy”

The 7th edition of the Rotterdam Biennale presents more than 60 projects drawing on possible futures: new housing and working locations, new clean energy systems, new models for area development, and new forms of collaboration, health care, and solidarity.

 

IABR-2016 expo 3 @ photo Hans Tak

IABR-2016 expo 3 © photo Hans Tak

 

IABR-2016, the 7th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam started off on the 23rd of April 2016 with workshops, events, activities and a main exhibition to reflect on this installment’s theme: The next economy.

The heart of IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY is the former coffee warehouse Fenixloods II, in the Rotterdam neighborhood of Katendrecht. Here, IABR–2016 presents more than 60 projects, partly developed in the IABR–Ateliers, partly collected through an international open call for projects, and partly produced especially for the biennale in collaboration with national and international partners. Together, they show a range of possible futures: new housing and working locations, new clean energy systems, new models for area development, and new forms of collaboration, health care, and solidarity. (more…)

“A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory” by Santiago Borja at Sonneveld House

At the invitation of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Mexican artist and architect Santiago Borja is building an observatory on the roof of Sonneveld House. Devoted to Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, the observatory offers a space of contemplation for visitors to Sonneveld House.

 

Het Nieuwe Instituut, BIHS Archive, date unknown. Adapted by Santiago Borja. © Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut, BIHS Archive, date unknown. Adapted by Santiago Borja. © Het Nieuwe Instituut

 

Het Nieuwe Instituut has invited the internationally operating visual artists Santiago Borja, Eva Rothschild and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster to make successive works for Sonneveld House in 2016.

Santiago Borja will first create an observatory on the roof of the museum house. A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory is based on Borja’s research into the influence of Western esotericism on the principles of Dutch Functionalism. The observatory is devoted to Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, and will provide a place of contemplation for visitors to Sonneveld House from 13 February to 22 May 2016. (more…)

OMA’s Timmerhuis: municipal offices and Museum Rotterdam

The 48,400 m2 complex in the center of Rotterdam has been built in steel, erected alongside and nestled within an existing municipal building from 1953 – its ambiguous mass tries to mediate between the existing buildings surrounding it.

 

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

 

Timmerhuis – a new mixed-use building that will house Rotterdam’s municipal offices and the Museum Rotterdam, conceived by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) – is complete and open to the public since December 7, 2015. Situated in the city’s Laurenskwartier neighborhood, fifty percent of Timmerhuis is occupied by office space; the rest contains residential, retail, parking and the museum.  Its innovative structural system allows for adaptability, while providing the city with a large public space on the ground floor.

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Het Nieuwe Instituut presents The New Garden: a temporary landscape

Inspired by the ecological richness of abandoned sites, Frank Bruggeman (artist and designer) and Hans Engelbrecht (ecological gardener) propose an alternative way of maintaining public space in the city with The New Garden.

 

The New Garden. July 2015 Photo © Johannes Schwartz

The New Garden. July 2015 Photo  ©  Johannes Schwartz

 

This spring, Het Nieuwe Instituut presented The New Garden: a temporary landscape with space for encounter, experimentation and exploration. The outdoor area around Het Nieuwe Instituut transforms into a temporary garden. With the design for The New Garden, Het Nieuwe Instituut opens up to its surroundings and invites neighbouring, residents and passers-by to make use of this temporary garden. The garden also acts as a route to the adjoining Museumpark and contributes to the discussion about the future of this public and cultural heart of the city. (more…)

Sonneveld House² Intervention by Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse

Guest curator Petra Blaisse offers a totally new experience of Sonneveld House with one ingenious intervention, that responds to the three key principles of Dutch Functionalism: light, air and space.

 

© Johannes Schwartz

© Johannes Schwartz

 

Guest curator Petra Blaisse offers visitors a totally new experience of Sonneveld House, Rotterdam, with one ingenious intervention. Interior designer and landscape architect Blaisse explores the limits of architecture with her office Inside Outside by enhancing or temporarily transforming the unique qualities of buildings and their outdoor spaces. Blaisse is renowned for the soft yet compelling way she separates or envelops space with monumental curtains. But, this time, in an intervention that will remain open until September 13, Petra Blaisse and members of his studio Inside Outside have removed fabrics instead of installing them. They have stripped all draperies, carpets and rugs off the Sonneveld House. They have covered the ground with large mirrors. The result is “a house that reacts with visitors” they explain.

 

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