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The Gatekeepers of Venray, Six Landmarks / ateliereenarchitecten

  • 01:00 - 27 October, 2010
The Gatekeepers of Venray, Six Landmarks / ateliereenarchitecten
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    Municipality of Venray, Netherlands
  • Budget

    125,000 euro
  • Project Year

    2010
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    Courtesy of ateliereen architecten

From the architect. The objects are placed around the renewed city centre of Venray. Six landmarks, that show the name of the streets that lead you towards the city centre. They can be used as a bench but they also light up the streets at night.

The project is the result of a design competition launched in 2009.

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The six gatekeepers as we called them are cheerful objects, each of them unique. Their base is made of white granite, that connects the landmarks to the street. People passing by can sit on them. The elegant shape, round edges en light colour give the base a friendly look. The Corten-steel upper part is partially perforated. They feel warm by the rusty brown colour.

At night he landmarks turn into nice lanterns. The names of the street will illuminate in various colours. They are the beacons along the ring road of Venray. They welcome you into the beautiful centre of the village!

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "The Gatekeepers of Venray, Six Landmarks / ateliereenarchitecten" 27 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/84309/the-gatekeepers-of-venray-six-landmarks-ateliereenarchitecten/>
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shawn_collins · October 28, 2010

These architectural landmarks are pretty sweet! Great design and function! "The six gatekeepers" http://ow.ly/30TYv

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Timothy · October 28, 2010

In 2009, the town of Venray opened a competition for this.

1) It was an "open" competition.
2) Three proposals were chosen for further developement and debate within the city council.
3) After heavy debate this -now realised- design was chosen, allthough the mayor of Venray wanted a different design (notes from the discussion are in my posession).
4) It states: Nobody wants these aliens to land in Venray.
5) Organizers of the competition pushed this design in front due to connections with the winning firm.
6) There was no more communication about this competition after this history of unpaid-and-thus-free-idea-production.
7) No compensation was given to the two "losers" of this competition; not even a honourable mention by the organizing committee.
8) Yes... I was one of those two,...lotsoflaughs
9) My design was and is better for the Venray-people.
10) I just don't seem to have a name "to mention".

Everything to be verified by documents on my harddisk.
In my opinion, whoever wants to start a competition in architecture etc. should be more responsible towards the workload which designers put into their ideas. Respect for that work, even it is not a chosen work at the end, should be paid to those who made it. May I remind everybody about another "interestion competition"? The Bahamas Design Challenge? Than you know what I am talking about.

Thanks for your attention.

Bram · October 28, 2010 06:37 PM

Dear Timothy,

It's true that this design is a winning design of a competition. And I agree that the organisers should reward the other two entries which were chosen.
Now you can think of the design whatever you want.
But there was absolutely no connection at all between the winning design firm and the organizing committee, as you suggest.

Rotterdam · October 28, 2010

I wonder why a little town like Venray would need 6 landmarks. And just by looking at the pictures you can see that the alienlike objects do not communicate with the location. It's like they dropped out of the sky, with no purpose and with no respect to the enviroment. The citizens of Venray must be very pleased with these.

Bopp · October 28, 2010 03:19 PM

Is that a cynical comment? Because I can imagine they could actually be very pleased, just because all of your given arguments...

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