a new generation of architects is emerging in Einhdoven…
New Dutch Architecture and Urbanism
The exhibition Eindhoven Eight presented an investigation into Eindhoven’s contemporary architectural culture by surveying the work of eight architectural offices. The work of Open Architecture Office (OAO), Werkstatt, UArchitects, Atelier to the Bone (ATTB), Houben/Van Mierlo, Wenink Holtkamp, 12N/Fulco Treffers and Atelier Een provided a glimpse into a new type of architectural production influenced by the particular context of a city that is attempting to redefine itself through design and technology. Combined, their work indicates a recalibration of the idea of architecture, one that is wider and more inclusive, where the problem of context, scale, and detail are inextricably linked to abstraction, communication and orchestration. Whilst the resulting work takes on a wide array of forms, shapes and spaces, it still shares certain material and conceptual affinities suggesting a new breed of productive methods and spatial sensibilities.
The exhibition uncovered the underlying patterns and themes that both connect and distinguish the work of the eight offices by classify their projects within six different categories: drive, client, idea, space, place, and craft. Such analytical strategy became the central device to organize the exhibition in space, in what was fondly dubbed “the matrix.” If one direction lined up the multiple projects of each office, the other allowed for each project to be positioned within a given category. The spatial translation of this architectural analysis was complemented with the design of portals and tables, for both individual and social engagement of different projects and objects.
Dutch Design Week (TAC)
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Sergio M. Figueiredo