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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


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

21.03.2022 at 10:33 by Herman Kossmann


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


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


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

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs


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


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


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


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

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus


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

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis


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

City of
the Sultan


De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)

Almost 300 art treasures of the sultans (1400-1800) from the Topkapi Palace and other Istanbul Museums came together in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. As the concept for the exhibition, the client proposed the city of Istanbul. Our task was not to literally make a copy of the whole city. Even more important was to find a place for a Turkisch Muslim City in a Dutch protestant church. The solution lay in Istanbul itself, a city that has always been the connected point between east and west. The Hagia Sophia, originally built as a church and later turned into a mosque, is the example of the coming together of Christian and Muslim elements. The Nieuwe Kerk could certainly be consciously used as a setting.

De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)
Stichting De Nieuwe Kerk
1700 m2
Spatial design, Graphic design
Herman Kossmann, Caspar Conijn, Martijn Sas
Light design
Rapenburg Plaza
Tungsten Studio
Sound design
Dick Schuttel
Interior contractor
Hypsos Leisure
Technical installation
Flashlight Rental
Audiovisual realisation
VHS bv, Avifac Audiovisual Facilities
Arabic typographics
Thomas Milo
Turkish patterns
Turkish carpets

Laying down 700 square metres of Turkish carpets transformed the church into a mosque-like space. Printed cloth of various shapes and sizes showed typical Turkish buildings such as the bazaar, the coffee house, the mosque and the hammam. These grand gestures played with the monumental architecture of the church and determined the ‘first impression’

Wandering through the city

In the exhibition, the visitor moved through an abstract Istanbul, wandering through little streets and large open spaces, taking in views and vistas. Because the focus was on the essence of the city-the light, the sound, the typical architecture and the lush use of tile patterns- the whole church exuded the atmosphere of Istanbul.

The soundtrack of the exhibition drew from contemporary recordings from various places in Istanbul. The bargaining of street vendors and the hum of merchants selling their wares in the bazaar were audible in space. Lighting design also played an essential role. Not only the collection, but the church itself and the ‘city’ were illuminated so that the church became the backdrop for an eastern fairytale.


The Great Indoors Award 2007

Show & Sell, nominated

FX International Design Awards Londen 2008

Museum or Exhibition Space, finalist