In the heather and woods of Den Dolder lies a psychiatric Institute with department pavilions dating from 1911 till now. The different agendas in treating and curing the clients is physically shown through these buildings. We did an artist-in-residence program in ‘Het Vijfde Seizoen’, one of the pavilions on the grounds, to investigate this phenomenon.
We found the pavilions that were making direct contact with the surrounding woods the most inspiring. We decided to give each of the pavilions a feeding platform for birds. This in order to enhance the interaction with the woods through the birds that would come out to feed. We would place the platforms within the gardens and each platform would take the shape of the pavilion to which the garden belongs. The esthetics, the modernist reference, points to the wish for a direct relationship with the surrounding woods. We are now working together with Altrecht Talent on implementing the design.