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05   /   02   /   2020

We approached the square as a unique opportunity to pay tribute to Dom van der Laan (1904-1991). Architect and Benedictine monk Dom Hans van der Laan is not a well-known name among the general public, but his ideas about spatial perception and proportions make him a phenomenon among architects.


It was very important to Dom van der Laan to make his principles with regard to proportions as transparent as possible. To this end, he developed, among other things, the so-called 'morphotheque', a box of blocks that made the plastic number tangible in three dimensions. 'Het plastisch getal' as a means to articulate the currently undefined square and determine the position of the pavilion. But also as a means of acquainting a wide audience, especially the students of the Willem I college (who are looking forward to this), with his principles regarding harmonic (numbered) relationships. Usage


The use of the square and the pavilion is difficult to predict and control in advance. Ideally, users will make the square their own by playing a role in its final use. We have therefore chosen to create a framework based on the plastic number by means of the division of the surface and the wooden construction, which serves as the basis for the final (and changeable) interpretation with which users can shape the square to their will. Benches can be added to the wooden construction, rotating panels for showing graduation projects, etc. The pavilion can be made wind and watertight by means of tent cloth. In this way an adaptive square is realized that can be used for many purposes and adapts to the dynamics of an urban educational area. Flexible and adaptable within the clear framework of Dom van der Laan.

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