HB 007 - HET HUIS BEIAARD
Je Ahn (UK 1983), Maria Smith (UK 1982)
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A narrative for the building’s position during its life is proposed: born in a cave, the building walks on its pointed “legs” to the water’s edge where it dwells for a period of time, its rooms elevated to enjoy the outlook. Later, rolled on steel wheels, the building retreats to the forest and positions itself there, inverting itself so that the legs now become the roof. The numerous housing units share allotments and coppicing facilities, set in clearings in the forest.
This provoking presentation makes Het Huis Beiaard worthy of a special mention. In a fresh and cheerful way the plans make it clear that with this assignment, branding, by means of a powerful logo, is equally important as the actual design itself. A strip proves an effective PR instrument. Owing to the disappointing architectural quality Het Huis Beiaard does not qualify for a first or second prize.
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