Following the winning of the Unfair Architect Award we have been asked to design the first edition of the Westerpark House - a temporary pavilion, coinciding with the biannual contemporary art fair held on the terrain of the former Westergas factory in Amsterdam.
Conceived as a temporal exhibition space it explores its relation to the public domain of a park. Unlike the large and open spaces of a contemporary art museum, the project investigates the possibility of an more intimate and specific experience of art. Informed by small scale archetypes such as a hut, chapel or a house the design uses indications that deal with the relationship between inside and outside, between openness and closeness, and a guidance of the visitor towards a precise perception of the artworks.
Materiality, expression and representation derive from the merit of temporal and circumstantial use of materials. The layer of the net enveloping the wooden structure acts a filtering mediator between the visitor and the outside and notions of the park.
Details: social housing, competition entry, Nijmegen, 2020
Team: Tomas Dirrix, Chantal Schoenmakers, Stefan Hutterer, Ada Finci Terseglav