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Dutch designer Maarten Baas has collaborated with SDK Vastgoed to oversee a competition where two teams, each comprised of four Dutch and foreign architects from Van Aken Architecten to re-imagine a striking scheme to rejuventate ‘one of Netherlands’ ugliest places’.
Coinciding with Dutch Design Week 2015, both groups – simply named ‘Team A’ and ‘Team B’ – will unveil their design to allow the opportunity for the public to determine their favorite by casting a vote. Team A’s design features a cluster of vibrantly colored towers- each rising at different heights, meanwhile Team B has imagined the building as two structures with house-shaped windows protruding randomly across its façades. The contrasting proposals would be sited at the dilapidated ‘marconiplein’ in the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
‘What fascinates me about the people in this profession is how they emphasise the practicality of each aspect. Architects tackle things in a fairly rational and practical way, which is often diametrically opposed to my more intuitive approach.’ Comments Maarten Baas. ‘I rather like the idea of a battle. Two teams who compete with each other and who aren’t allowed to apply their usual methods to the task at hand. All of us, both the architects and myself, were working far outside our comfort zones, which generated a nice degree of tension. And this is reflected in the result.’