"Most Of The Things You Worry About Are Things That Won’t Matter A few Months From Now" Via
In a radical way this intervention sheds new light on the Dutch policy on cultural heritage. At the same, it time makes people look at their surroundings in a new way. The project lays bare two secrets of the New Dutch Waterline (NDW), a military line of defence in use from 1815 until 1940 protecting the cities of Muiden, Utrecht, Vreeswijk and Gorinchem by means of intentional flooding.
A seemingly indestructible bunker with monumental status is sliced open. The design thereby opens up the minuscule interior of one of NDW’s 700 bunkers, the insides of which are normally cut off from view completely. In addition, a long wooden boardwalk cuts through the extremely heavy construction. It leads visitors to a flooded area and to the footpaths of the adjacent natural reserve. The pier and the piles supporting it remind them that the water surrounding them is not caused by e.g. the removal of sand but rather is a shallow water plain characteristic of the inundations in times of war.
The sliced up bunker forms a publicly accessible attraction for visitors of the NDW. It is moreover visible from the A2 highway and can thus also be seen by tens of thousands of passers-by each day. The project is part of the overall strategy of RAAAF | Atelier de Lyon to make this unique part of Dutch history accessible and tangible for a wide variety of visitors. Paradoxically, after the intervention Bunker 599 became a Dutch national monument.
Done by Paul Davies Loki.
Villa Decín by Studio Pha
The initial task was mainly to find the right location for a home (villa) on a large area, with its orientation providing views of the countryside and city. The house is situated on the edge of a natural divide in the landscape so that each floor is consistent with the land. The stone base supports each exaggerated conglomeration of rooms, which are partly cantilevered over the terrace and divided into parts for children and parents.
The terrace is demarcated by a relaxation wing and living space; both parts are notably glassed in, allowing them to be opened up during summer and enabling smooth passage from outside. The outside area can be freely reached from the terrace. The property will also contain a “gazebo” and a background environment for garden maintenance that uses the incline of the terrain to incorporate the interior space within the slope. The property also consists of a driveway and four parking spaces, along with a second drive running from an entrance in the walled fence to a separate piece of property used as a base for garden care and maintenance. Walkways are restricted to the staircase linking the main building to the gazebo.
“Vortex” by Geo Cloete
The Sardine Run is considered to be one of the most spectacular wildlife events. The search for dive-able bait ball action can be long and hard, with no guarantees of being in the right place at the right time. Jumping into the water on a unique bait ball is a once in a lifetime luck. This bait ball, later christen, the Shark Ball was a phenomenal sight. Normally a the bait ball will escape fairly easily without the presence of dolphins, but the shear number of sharks, created a grid so tight around the ball, that each and every one of the bait fish got eaten.
Photo location: Port St. Johns, South Africa.