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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

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

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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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

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The last steps before the Coronel Pavilion at the Portuguese-Israeli Cemetery Beth Haim is opened! Coronel pavilion

29.11.2020 at 14:30 by Remco Swart

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All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma

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"Who Cares?" The first model for a personal story in the upcoming exhibition on the Mind Museum of the Mind

20.08.2020 at 11:45 by Robert van der Linde

Visiting Paleis Het Loo together with Ina, to get an impression of the new exhibition spaces that are currently under construction. Paleis Het Loo

22.06.2020 at 14:08 by Robin Schijfs

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Very slowly, the new 'inside' of the east wing of Het Loo Palace is becoming visible. Paleis Het Loo

22.06.2020 at 14:06 by Robin Schijfs

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The Voice of Urban Nature

Amsterdam-Almere Pavilion, Floriade Expo 2022, Almere (NL)

The metropolitan area of Amsterdam and Almere houses trillions of inhabitants: people, animals, plants, trees and microbes. How can we organise these cities to support all human and non-human residents? The Amsterdam-Almere Pavilion at the Floriade Expo 2022 amplifies every inhabitant’s voice in gardens full of encounters between different species. Overtreders W, the Onkruidenier, Joost Emmerik and Kossmanndejong designed The Voice of Urban Nature for the Amsterdam and Almere municipalities. They designed the pavilion, gardens and exhibition as an integrated spatial and layered narrative. The pavilion’s building, nature and narrative become one.

Location
Floriade Expo 2022, Almere (NL)
Client
Municipalities of Amsterdam and Almere
Year
2022
Surface
870 m2
Status
Temporary
Role
Turn-key: concept, spatial design, graphic design, art direction, content development
Team
Herman Kossmann (lead), Marieke de Veer, Nils Mork, Susan van den Berg, Femke Bijlsma
Architect
Overtreders W
Landscape design
De Onkruidenier, Joost Emmerik
Landscape realisation
Paul Casteleijn
Construction, urban mining
Fiction Factory
Illustration
Paul Faassen
Animation
Bas Mooij
Audio production
Jesper Buursink, Dija Kabba
Audio engineering
Jonas Leopold
URBAN ACTIVISM

Construction, increasing human population density and climate change put pressure on cities’ various residents. As a response, urban nature initiatives are aiming to make cities more liveable for all their inhabitants. To bring the diverse “voices” to the foreground, illustrator Paul Faassen created humorous portraits of Amsterdam and Almere’s occupants.  This visual and spatial manifesto is painted directly on the pavilion’s wooden walls and employs the same directness and energy as the countless messages that fly by as you move through the city. For example, a heron describes where he gets his lunch and a dead tree expresses how it is, in fact, bursting with life.

SURPRISING PERSPECTIVES

If we want to get an understanding of nature, we must listen to it. While wandering through six themed gardens, visitors can listen to urban inhabitants’ stimulating and surprising perspectives. Audio encounters with inspiring humans and non-humans from Amsterdam and Almere showcase how you, too, can contribute to a nature-inclusive future. Visitors discover how urban tree planters, material choreographers, nature optimists and a boy searching for herbs in the pavement make their cities greener. Their enthusiasm is contagious and entices you to join them.

‘Figuring out the best way to visualise and share nature’s voice was an incredible adventure for everyone involved in this project.’

Herman Kossmann

Founding partner – KDJ

CROSS-POLLINATION

The collaboration between the Amsterdam and Almere municipalities, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Avanti Almere, architects, animators, audio makers, illustrators, and builders creates a special cross-pollination of design, expertise and perspective. From costume design and audio narration to painting and planting, everyone’s contribution creates a layered and multi-voiced narrative where all the parts seamlessly integrate and build on each other.

SUSTAINABILITY

The building is completely bio-based. The pavilion’s walls are made of lime hemp and wood sourced from a VOC ship and old Rijksmuseum exhibitions. After the Floriade Expo closes, Amsterdam and Almere will relocate and reuse the pavilion for ten years. Considering the pavilion’s short lifespan, we decided to only use biodegradable materials. By building the pavilion with nature, the exhibition invites visitors to search for a new relationship with humans as part of nature.

Together with landscape architect Thijs de Zeeuw, Kossmanndejong also developed the concept for the Floriade School Garden for the municipalities of Amsterdam and Almere. Kossmanndejong is committed to climate awareness by actively seeking projects that contribute to it, such as the Coral Triangle Centre (2014), Eden Holland (2018), the Groote Museum Artis (2022), Nature at the Stapferhaus (2022) and our self-initiated project Growth, What is That? (2022).