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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Elastic Perspective in Barendrecht, Netherlands by NEXT ARCHITECTS

 
February 21st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: NEXT ARCHITECTS

stair leading the visitor up to a height that allows an unhindered view of the horizon and the nearby skyline of Rotterdam. The path makes a continuous movement and thereby draws on the context of the heavy infrastructural surrounding of ring road and tram track. While a tram stop presents the end or the start of a journey, the route of the stairway is endless.

Image Courtesy © Sander Meisner

  • Architects: NEXT ARCHITECTS
  • Project: The Elastic Perspective
  • Location: Barendrecht, Netherlands
  • Photography: Sander Meisner
  • Project number: 0815
  • Date: October 2009
  • Type, Program, Purpose: Folly
  • Floor area: …. Sqm
  • Cost, Value: € 200.000,-
  • Status: Final Design
  • Client: Municipality of Barendrecht
  • Advisor construction: ABT Velp
  • Team: Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, Joost Lemmens, Marieke Spits, Agatha Osika, Agata Piet, Ines Meeuws
  •  Programme: Local Art plan
  • Engineering: ABT consult, Velp
  • Contractor: Mannen van Staal, Leeuwarden
  • Budget: 150.000 euro

Image Courtesy © Sander Meisner

NEXT architects designed the stairfor a local art plan commissioned by the municipality of Barendrecht. Because of its structure, the shape of the object is hard to perceive; every perspective generates a new image with which the design is not only a contextual but also a very literal answer to the given context of the local art plan: an Elastic Perspective.

Image Courtesy © Sander Meisner

Based on the principal of the Möbius strip, the continuous route of the stair is a delusion: “We are intrigued by the Mobius strip, by its characteristic of having only one surface, no top nor bottom. When used as a path, it suggests a continuity, but crossing that path is – at least physically – an impossibility.

Image Courtesy © Sander Meisner

It’s that kind of ambiguity that we recognized in the inhabitants of this suburb: mentally they still feel very much connected to their mother town Rotterdam, but in daily life they are definitively disconnected. With the Mobius strip stair we offer them a glimpse towards the Rotterdam skyline, but to continue their trip, they have to turn backwards, facing the context of their everyday life, Carnisselande.”Rotterdam, by tram just minutes away, but in perception and experience tucked behind infrastructure and noise barriers; far away, so close.

Image Courtesy © Sander Meisner

NEXT architects are Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, John van de Water and China partner Jiang Xiaofei. NEXT is based in Amsterdam and Beijing. Projects include theMelkwegbrug in Purmerend (NL), The Citadel bridge in Nijmegen (NL ), Elastic Perspective inBarendrecht (NL) andChaoyang urban Planning Museum in Beijing (CH). In 2008 the firm received the Lensvelt De Architect Interior Award for their design of advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy (NL). All partners trained at Delft University of Technology and teach at a number of educational institutes.

Image Courtesy © Sander Meisner

NEXT architects designed the stairfor a local art plan commissioned by the municipality of Barendrecht. Because of its structure, the shape of the object is hard to perceive; every perspective generates a new image with which the design is not only a contextual but also a very literal answer to the given context of the local art plan: an Elastic Perspective.

Image Courtesy © Sander Meisner

Based on the principal of the Möbius strip, the continuous route of the stair is a delusion: “We are intrigued by the Mobius strip, by its characteristic of having only one surface, no top nor bottom. When used as a path, it suggests a continuity, but crossing that path is – at least physically – an impossibility. It’s that kind of ambiguity that we recognized in the inhabitants of this suburb: mentally they still feel very much connected to their mother town Rotterdam, but in daily life they are definitively disconnected. With the Mobius strip stair we offer them a glimpse towards the Rotterdam skyline, but to continue their trip, they have to turn backwards, facing the context of their everyday life, Carnisselande.”Rotterdam, by tram just minutes away, but in perception and experience tucked behind infrastructure and noise barriers; far away, so close.

Image Courtesy © Sander Meisner

Image Courtesy © NEXT ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEXT ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEXT ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEXT ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEXT ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © NEXT ARCHITECTS

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