Proud of Haags Veen
Hobbemaplein is the centre of a new city area: Haags Veen. Right now, it is no more than a traffic square, where buses, cars, trams and pedestrians cross each other. The adjacent Haagse Markt however is extremely popular and attracts many visitors each day. We wondered how a design could share the story of the versatility of the neighbourhood, whilst simultaneously create a space to pause and encounter.
We propose a landmark on the square, that functions as a beacon from afar, and as a concentration point up close. We refer to the needle as an urban object that has been used numerous times before as the marking of a middle point. We build it up from architectural elements found in the city area: materials and shapes found in buildings surrounding Hobbemaplein. Three circles link the needle to its surroundings in one composition: one circle as a bench around the needle, and two surrounding the existing monuments on the square.
The office was founded in 2010 in Rotterdam. We design narrative architecture that tells the story of the assignment at hand. A story with different layers: that of the context, a response to building tradition, the wishes of our client, sustainable applications and technical opportunities. The architecture surprises with imagination. Our work reaches from transformations to public spaces like a Performative Space in Eindhoven, and from building a multi-family house in Amsterdam to researching our practice and writing stories about it.
Partners: Elsbeth Ronner, Lilith van Assem
Employees: Laura Steenbeke (2018), Joppe Douma (2018), Madeleine Mans (2016 - 2018), Paula Cores Barrel (2017), Jimmy Stegeman (2016), Dirk Gonzáles Veugelers (2016), André Cramer (2014), Clémence Boru (2013), Anne de Ruyter (2012)
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