AD Classics: Bolwoning / Dries Kreijkamp

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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 1984 AD Classics: Bolwoning / Dries KreijkampSave this projectSaveAD Classics: Bolwoning / Dries Kreijkamp Save this picture!© Gili MerinWritten by Gili Merin Share “COPY” “COPY” CopyIn the quaint Dutch town of Den Bosch, amongst typical brick-clad homes and winding canals, sits the odd community of Bolwoningen: a cluster of globe-shaped stilt houses punctuated with round windows in a sea of wild vegetation. Built in 1984, these oversized “golf balls” are, in fact, homes: an eccentric product of a relatively unknown architectural experiment conducted by a visionary architect, attempting to impose a new morphological dwelling solution, and hoping to generate a new residential typology. Instead, the bizarre neighbourhood remains a secluded, momentary anecdote in architectural history, and today, provides a glimpse into an age of praised radicalism and irrepressible imagination.More on these “oddballs” after the break.+ 21Save this picture!© Gili MerinIn 1980, Dutch architect, industrial designer and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp (1937-2014) began experimenting with new forms of living within spherical spaces. The scheme he produced was simple, and consisted of two interlocking parts: a cylindrical base, accommodating storage and utility spaces, and a self-supporting, three-story fiberglass sphere. The components are connected by a spiral staircase, leading from the ground level to the bedroom, and slightly higher, on an intermediate floor, the bathroom. The uppermost floor (and perhaps the excuse for the cramped bedroom and bathroom below) is the adjoining kitchen-and-living-room: a vast open space penetrated by an abundance of natural light provided by the panoramic round pivot windows.Save this picture!© Ons Verleden HedentendageWell suited for individuals or couples with no children, the total floor space of the design is a mere 55 square meters, spanning 5.5 meters at the sphere’s diameter. Linked by diagonal pedestrian paths, the houses are located close to each other and experienced as discreet units; with no communal outdoor seating or shared courtyards, the design seems to encourage the single-dwellers of the globes to remain introverted and isolated, much like their homes.Save this picture!© Gili MerinKreijkamp’s fascination with spheres began a while before his physical manifestation of the Bolwoningens. In 1964, while employed by The Royal Dutch Glassworks making crystal spheres, he argued that round shapes are the most organic form of living: “We live on a sphere, we are born out of a sphere… why not live in a sphere?” [1]Save this picture!© Gili MerinKreijkamp was not only formally poetic, he was also a rationalist who boasted the sustainable advantages offered by spheres: the assembly of the homes, composed entirely of prefabricated parts, could be carried out in a single day, and with a low energy consumption and easy maintenance, the houses were highly economical. His homes at Den Bosch weigh only 1250 kg, even less than Buckminster Fuller’s famously lightweight Dymaxion house.Save this picture!© Ons Verleden HedentendageKreijkamp’s vision was never entirely fulfilled; according to him, the Bolwonings have an enormous potential and endless applications, including linking the spheres together, designing custom-made accessories, mobile prototypes and even floating and hovering globes. Unfortunately, he passed away before convincing the world of the merit of his ideas and the materialization of his visions were put to rest. Nevertheless, the ambition, innovation and imagination inherent in the project will continue to inspire architects and designers to constantly challenge the existing paradigms.[1] (translated from Dutch to English) Housing•’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands AD Classics: Bolwoning / Dries Kreijkamp center_img Area:  55 m² Area:  55 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  1984 The Netherlands ArchDaily photographs:  Gili Merin, Ons Verleden HedentendagePhotographs:  Gili Merin, Ons Verleden Hedentendage, Project gallerySee allShow lessMaisam Creates A Gateway to PetraArchitecture NewsRebuilding Sandy Hook: How Svigals + Partners’ Design Offers Safety and SolaceArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Bollenveld 20, 5235 NN ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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