JOINT WINNER - Bunker 599 by RAAAF & Atelier de Lyon
In a radical way this intervention sheds new light on the Dutch policy on cultural heritage. At the same, it 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.
Client: Municipality Culemborg | DLG (The Dutch Service for Land and Water Management)
Design: RAAAF | Atelier de Lyon
Movie: Roberto Rizzo
Location: Diefdijk 5 - Highway A2
Status: completion 2010
Awards: Dutch Design Award 2011, Architectural Review Award 2013
Video: Roberto Rizzo
Now in their twentieth year, the AR Emerging Architecture awards support young architects and designers at a key stage in their career, promoting their best work to a worldwide audience. Previous winners have included Shigeru Ban, Rick Joy, Anna Heringer, Sou Fujimoto, Thomas Heatherwick, Neri & Hu, Frida Escobedo, and Avenier Cornejo – while the AR can take no credit for their individual talents, the award galvanised the success of these architects by promoting them on a global stage.
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This project is best described as a gallery exhibition displaying a range of projects that vary in scale. The exhibition consists of five major elements.
Element 1- An array of “spiders” that occupy the floor space of the gallery. A modular spider with two additional modular inserts area used to display varying sizes of 3D prints.
Element 2 – Portable DVD players are placed in a select number of spiders toward the entrance of the space. These run animations of projects that are on display in the gallery.
Element 3 – A series of 3D print are displayed on modular inserts that are held in place by the spiders.
Element 4 – Plasma screens are placed in each bay along the fenestrated wall. These screens run a series of slow-playing, looped, high-resolution renders of select projects.
Element 5 – The long continuous wall displays backlit line drawings. White lines cover the entire black wall.