• Corporate
  • Waardenburg
  • NL
  • 2006
  • i.c.w. Stefan Scholten & Carole Baijings

(image: Jan Slothouber/William Graatsma/centrum voor cubische constructies)(image: Jan Slothouber/William Graatsma/centrum voor cubische constructies)

The client, that characterized itself as an ‘Interactive Agency’, demanded a new, even ‘innovative’ spatial and material identity for its modestly monumental property at the banks of the river in Waardenburg.

The project introduces an imaginary 3-dimensional grid; a set of equally important points and lines organized in space by an imaginary x-, y- and z- axis. The grid represents a universal, regular and potentially endless arrangement, a spatial field of an infinite number of equal opportunities and choices. This generic grid is confronted with the specific space of the monumental property. In the confrontation with the grid the building, the existing collection of spaces, floors, walls, roof and facades, is newly dispositioned and specified. It defines a new spatial and material identity within its existing monumental quality. The building becomes a set of specific spaces within the grid, literally a specific section through the grid. And on the other hand the grid cuts through the old and apparently sturdy delimitations of the building, breaks it open and offers a view of something more. The grid suggests an infinite space beyond the building; it relates the confined space of the building to the whole wide world.

The grid is imaginary and immaterial, but it is spatially suggested by marking its intersections with the walls of the building. The intersections are marked by cutting holes in the wallpaper that will be used to decorate the spaces. Any paper can be chosen, in order to provide an individual atmosphere for every room. Each different wallpaper is subsequently equally perforated and glued to the walls, partly revealing the bare architecture.