Twenty-four hours Noordoostpolder
The Noordoostpolder was reclaimed seventy years ago from the central lake of the Netherlands. It was constructed after WWII in order to provide enough food for the Dutch population. The polder borrows its beauty from the mathematical precision by which it was made. Every part of the polder is designated, the location of every tree is determined and even the new inhabitants are chosen carefully. How is such a society constructed from zero, and what does it look like after seven decennia?
Herbergen adds a ritual to the life of the inhabitants of the polder: a ritual illustrating the history and strengthening solidarity. We designed and built a decor for the film of the ritual. Flanking both sides of the characteristic Schokbetonschuur (concrete shed) with its expressive ribs, we added a new roof. A hut for shelter, a background for a new narrative. 3500 roof tiles collected from the neighbours are the valuation of this heritage.
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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