Artist's Biography

Bekkering Adams architects is a Dutch architectural firm that stands for unique architecture by creating buildings with a soul. The aim is to make environments where users and visitors can identify themselves with and can be proud of. Together with an enthusiastic team of architects and designers, the founders Juliette Bekkering and Monica Adams work on innovative and sustainable projects with a strong identity, defined by expressive architecture with a tactile expression of material and detail.

Over the years a distinct oeuvre has been established, characterized by iconographic and characteristic buildings. Research plays a key role within projects and parallel to the design process the office frequently seeks collaboration with other parties to set up research routes to deepen the content of the design, including research into sustainability, materialization, scenographic and typological studies. The office has a special interest in the potential of public and collective space in the contemporary transformation processes of our cities.

The commissions vary from complex building assignments to concept development, ranging from headquarter offices to public buildings, from urban plan to interior design. The work of Bekkering Adams architects has been published in a wide range of renowned national and international architectural reviews and books. Various projects have been nominated for national architectural awards.

Recently realized buildings comprise the Head office Benelux of Esprit, the urban ensemble of public buildings ‘Bloemershof’ in Dieren, Fire station Doetinchem, School, and daycare centre de Schatkamer, Public Playground in Rotterdam, Head office of Schuurman Group, Boostergemaal-Oost in Amsterdam, Offices Maashaven, Rotterdam and the fire station and rescue service Vlissingen Middelburg.

Currently the office is working on a pavilion in Oss and a School Campus in Peer, Belgium, comprising of a secondary and preliminary school, a boarding school and a sport complex, embedded in a new public park in the vicinity of the City centre of Peer. The office is exhibiting the installation Fundamentals: Form-ContraForm in the 14th Architefture Biennale in Venice, Italy.





近期的建築作品包括Esprit比荷廬三國關稅同盟總行、荷蘭迪倫Bloemershof的公共建築、杜廷赫姆消防局、Schatkamer學校與日托中心、鹿特丹的公共遊樂場、Schuurman集團的總公司、阿姆斯特丹的Boostergemaal-Oost、Maashaven的鹿特丹辦事處,及Vlissingen Middelburg的消防局和救援服務站。


Artist statement

(Only the prototype will be shown in the main exhibition)

The installation FUNDAMENTALS: Form/ContraForm reflects on the concept and definition of Time, Space and Existence. The essence of FUNDAMENTALS is conceived as the elementary space that every person needs. Architecture is fundamentally created by the definition of co-ordinates in space. The installation FUNDAMENTALS: Form/ContraForm deals with the experience of mass versus the cavity. The intention is to provide an experience that is not only shaped by the physical boundaries of space, but is extended beyond the tangible.

Within the exhibition room a homogeneous volume in the shape of a cube of 2,4 x 2,4 meters is defined. It is formed by 14.000 balls hanging from wires on a grid of 10 by 10 cm. The cube defines a mass within the room. Inside the cube a cavity is created where visitors can enter. The cube does not fill the whole space between floor and ceiling, thus creating the effect of a floating form.

When the visitors stand inside the cavity, they are wrapped in a cloud of special balls. In this way they will experience the boundary as well as the perception of the endlessness of space. The cavity is enveloped, but due to reflections also the perception of an infinite space is created. The reflective surfaces offer a view into a space that does not exist, suggesting unexpected new vistas. With light projections, the perception of the cube is influenced. These light projections change the cavities colour, shape and size, thus offering a different appearance each time. From the outside the cavity can be seen as a changing illuminated shape between the light reflections of the cube. On the wall of the exhibition room samples of architectural work of Bekkering Adams architects are shown -expressive architecture with a tactile expression of material and detail- relating to the idea of Form/ContraForm. Where once the infinite space had to be clearly defined in order to be understood, current technology and globalization have abolished the perception of 'infinity'. Our space is no longer infinite, our resources are no longer limitless, our earth is no longer endless. The disappearance of the 'infinity' is illustrated by projections relating to the blurring boundaries of endlessness.





當觀者站立於裝置中間,他們會被球體包圍,透過這樣的經驗,他們可以同時感受空間的邊界以及其無盡性。空間被包裹,但透過反射創建了一個無限的空間。反射面提供了一個不存在的空間,為觀者提供一個意想不到的新景觀。光線投射改變了觀者對裝置的感知經驗;這些光線投射改變了顏色、形狀與大小,並且每次均提供不同外觀。從外觀至,透過立方體的光線投射會看見一個持續變化的光體 。展間內並會展出事務所以基本宮球為靈感所出發的建築作品。