Thursday, 12 May 2016

Thatched-Roof Modern House

Fusion of African and western building elements i must say. This depicts the traditional Dutch farmhouses in contrast of modern walls and functionalism of the building. It is meant to become a space for contemplation,an abstract space where visitors can find themselves through spiritual and spatial awareness,”  a statement from the project team led by curator Erich Weiss.

known as A Mental Image
It is located on the rooftop terrace of the Sonneveld House in Rotterdam, this hexagonal structure was designed by Dutch firm Brinkman & Van der Vlugt in the 1930s. The designer, Mexican artist Santiago Borja, named the structure "A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory" after Helena Blavatsky, the occultist who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875.

The Sonneveld House was built in 1929 as a family house. In 2001 it was converted into a museum run by the Het Nieuwe Institute of architecture, design and e-culture.

What do you think?

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