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Neutelings Riedijk: At Work: sculpture & system

“[LEFT]: Sculpture: Buildings are sculptures … Each (sculpture) has its own character, they may be grumpy, happy, dull or serious. They may be short and slight or broad-shouldered. They have a torso, a back, a head or a tail. … It (a building’s character) can be sturdy as a firefighter instead of glitzy and transparant, as chaotic as an actor instead of clearly organized, as introverted as an academic instead of hospitable. …


[RIGHT]: System: …designing is searching for an algorithm able to generate a stereometric order. The quality of an ordering system lies in its self-regulating mechanism. It has to be an automatic machine that sets things down in the right place. Designing is ordering, and the algorithm must be capable of defining arrangement, hierarchy and sequence. It must steer the positions of key building elements such as cores, circulation and column structures. The system also oversees the relationships among spaces and rooms.”

[from Neutelings-Riedijk, At Work, 010, 2005]

Neutelings sculpture system

Neutelings Riedijk: At Work: air & gravity

“Buildings need to be extricated from gravity. While the earth pulls everything towards it, the architect does his or her best to achieve the opposite. We feel that buildings should not make a show of the interplay of forces. They schould not arrogantly give the impression of being lighter than air, nor triumphanthly celebrate their victory over gravity with expressive columns. … we piece together sturdy buildings with smart though unadvertised constructions, gigantic cantilevers for example.”

[from Neutelings-Riedijk, At Work, 010, 2005]

air [UP]


gravity [DOWN]

Neutelings gravity air

Neutelings Riedijk: At Work: building & context

“Context: Buildings always land somewhere on earth. They have to settle on site, on location. … They may have to be introverted in response to aggressive surroundings, or extroverted at a public place. Sometimes they have to clash with their surroundings, and sometimes rhyme with them. … Each of the buildings has its own part to play, but together they add up to a single composition. …”

[from Neutelings-Riedijk, At Work, 010, 2005]

context [WHOLE]


building [PART]