Increasingly, our urban surroundings enable us to fulfill a much desired rural aspect of life and to bring out our inner-farmer. We can be self-sufficient in food as if we are living on the countryside, while still enjoying a vibrant city life.
This Heintz-Kehr & associés project is a social and cultural community centre, opened for a wide range of users from 3yrs old children to elderly people.
The object questions the passer-by, but also the architectural environment, and its history by inviting Biagio Rossetti and Giulio Romano in its materiality and Bugnato-like embossed design inherited from the Italian Baroque.
The enveloppe is made of a deep mat black structural concrete. Opacity, minerality , thickness, are all questions / answers to a hardcore postmodern context , and the formal and chromatic hypertrophy linked to it.
In a radical way this intervention sheds new light on the Dutch policy on cultural heritage. At the same, it makes people look at their surroundings in a new way. The project lays bare two secrets of the New Dutch Waterline (NDW), a military line of defence in use from 1815 until 1940 protecting the cities of Muiden, Utrecht, Vreeswijk and Gorinchem by means of intentional flooding.