In the North East Polder of the Netherlands an old harbour with its dykes becomes a focus point in the impoldered landscape. The owner of the site would like us to build a holistic centre including a tea room along the dyke. We propose a design which at one end is firmly rooted in the soil and by different turns rests on the dyke, then slowly turns towards the sky. We use local wood, stamped clay, basalt rocks and hemp as building materials.
‘Building improvisations’ would like to give a positive impulse to the relation between client and architect. We look for new design and production methods for houses to make them more personal.We build a garden house from refuse and unusual materials in which the design process coincides with the building process. Through moulage technique of draping materials on improvised structures we work with trial and error, a process in which the client can also intervene. The 1:1 mock up becomes the actual building.