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Projection test for the Names memorial, the room is still empty now. Our Colonial Inheritance

24.05.2022 at 15:17 by Wendy Snoek

Growing steel structures. Growth, what is that?

05.04.2022 at 14:00 by Lucandrea Baraldi

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The ideal spot for the Herron. The Voice of Urban Nature

21.03.2022 at 10:33 by Herman Kossmann

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Artist Celia Smith installing here birds warm sculpture. Groote Museum

23.02.2022 at 17:02 by Michel de Vaan

Slowly towards the opening on the 8th of February! Our Land

01.02.2022 at 17:34 by Remco Swart

Together with photographer Sander van den Bosch, we are measuring and photographing all floors of the palace. Visitors will soon be walking on 'invisible' carpets, in order to experience the original atmosphere of the rooms as fully as possible. Paleis Het Loo

26.01.2022 at 12:54 by Robin Schijfs

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Carefully lifting a python snake skeleton. Groote Museum

24.01.2022 at 14:13 by Michel de Vaan

After all those days at home behind a screen, it is very nice to finally do some hands-on experimenting with projections and different layers of transparent fabrics... Nature

07.12.2021 at 17:33 by Pauline Fer

Work in progress for Museum Sophiahof. In progress…

02.12.2021 at 17:28 by Remco Swart

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Work in progress for a children's tour Work in Progress

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs

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Barefoot in an exhibition? Together with the Stapferhaus, we are looking at what this means for the perception of the visitors... Nature

24.11.2021 at 18:23 by Robin Schijfs

With a few kickoff days (and nights) in the mountains of Switzerland, we have firmly started the draft design for the new Nature exhibition at the Stapferhaus! Nature

30.09.2021 at 11:09 by Robin Schijfs

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Cleaning out tree routs before they will be lifted to the ceiling Groote Museum

25.09.2021 at 12:29 by Michel de Vaan

Milling earth elevation minus water from a special foam. Here we show how little drinking water there actually is on earth. Groote Museum

30.06.2021 at 12:04 by Michel de Vaan

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Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot

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A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus

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Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

On view

New
Highway

A16 Rotterdam: the Making-of

Expo A16, Bergschenhoek (NL)

How do you build a highway in a densely populated area with a nature reserve running through it? How do you prevent viaducts, bridges and tunnels weighing hundreds of thousands of kilos on top of soft peat soil from sinking? And who builds these highway components? You will discover the answers in the Expo A16 experience center where the new A16 Rotterdam becomes a reality. We designed and produced this project turnkey, and developed the content and shot the video material in-house.

Location
Bergschenhoek (NL)
Client
Rijkswaterstaat
Year
2020
Surface
520 m2
Status
Temporary
Role
Turn-key: concept, spatial design, graphic design, art direction, content development
Team
Matt Vermeulen (lead), Maaike Sips, Robin Schijfs, Remco Swart, Philippe Nubé
Architect
Quist Wintermans Architekten, H+M+S landschapsarchitecten
Construction
Brandwacht en Meijer, Kloosterboer, Rapenburg Plaza
Technical advice
SemMika
AV production, interactives
Shosho, Infranea, Martijn Tervoort
Light design
Heinz Loopstra Light Design
Sound design
Soundpalette
Making of

Expo A16 connects you with the people who will create and use the A16 Rotterdam. Planners, builders, residents and nature managers describe the making of the highway. They also intimately acquaint you with the enormous challenges that arise when constructing a state-of-the-art, energy-neutral road. At Expo A16, you get answers directly from the people involved.

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A bird’s eye view – the why

Upstairs, you enter Expo A16 on a walkway overlooking an enlarged map of the construction area in the center of the room. An auditory and visual presentation projected onto the map explains why the new road and tunnel had to be built now. The animation transports you through time, revealing the region’s evolution through topographical changes and historical events. From hunter-gathers to motorists today, you can witness how humans have always adapted their environments to the needs of their time.

On the ground – the how

Downstairs, you can ‘meet’ the people involved in the highway’s construction as you move throughout the map. You take a thematic journey of discovery through the region with a specially designed interactive cart. Four choice routes provide different perspectives. You can choose between nature, mobility, integration and technology routes. At each destination, they can watch films in which builders, engineers, foresters, policymakers and residents talk about that specific location. Immersive, 360-degree videos speculate what the location will look like in the future. Throughout the map, we zoom in on ten complex challenges and their corresponding innovations and solutions. We explain the solutions with objects, animations and infographics.

Recycled materials

Our entire design concept is circular. The exhibition’s pavilion is a modular, reusable structure filled with highway building materials. Some of the materials have had a previous life. After Expo A16 closes, builders will either reuse or repurpose these signs, tires, asphalt, scaffolding, and traffic lights. But for now, these materials transform the building into so much more than a roof over your head. They help bring to life the story of how we adapt our environment to our needs.