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RAAAF is Breaking Habits With a Vision of a Home Without Chairs

06:00 - 20 February, 2017

Dutch studio Rietveld-Architecture-Art-Affordances (RAAAF) has unveiled its latest installation ‘Breaking Habits’ at the Mondriaan Fund for Visual Arts in Amsterdam. Breaking Habits envisages a domestic environment without chairs and couches, exploring a model of diagonal living through a system of flexible carpets.

"Hardcore Heritage": How RAAAF is Redefining Historical Preservation

09:30 - 5 January, 2017
"Hardcore Heritage": How RAAAF is Redefining Historical Preservation, Rendering of Deltawerk 1:1. Image Courtesy of RAAAF | Atelier de Lyon
Rendering of Deltawerk 1:1. Image Courtesy of RAAAF | Atelier de Lyon

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "'Hardcore Heritage': RAAAF Reveals Its Latest Experiment in Historical Preservation."

In the practice of historic preservation, there is often a temptation to turn a building into an object on display—meticulously restored, unchanging, physically isolated—in order to remove it from the flow of history. The multidisciplinary Amsterdam-based studio Rietveld-Architecture-Art-Affordances (RAAAF) situates itself in opposition to this method of dealing with architectural remnants. Instead, it proposes to make history tangible by altering these decaying structures in a way that makes their stories plainly visible. The practice has a name for this approach—"hardcore heritage."

RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon Reveal a Monumental Tribute to the Dutch Delta Works in Waterloopbos

06:30 - 23 December, 2016
RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon Reveal a Monumental Tribute to the Dutch Delta Works in Waterloopbos, Courtesy of RAAAF / Erik de Lyon
Courtesy of RAAAF / Erik de Lyon

Amsterdam-based Rietveld-Architecture-Art-Affordances (RAAAF) and Atelier de Lyon have revealed designs to reimagine one of The Netherland's monumental "tribute[s] to the majesty, and seemingly indestructible power, of the Dutch Delta Works." The works themselves—a network of dams, sluices, locks, dykes, levees and storm surge barriers in South Holland—have collectively been described as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Deltawerk 1:1 is an intervention examining the practice of the preservation of cultural heritage by inserting a new structure within Waterloopbos, the former Dutch Hydrodynamics Laboratory.

Courtesy of RAAAF / Erik de Lyon Courtesy of RAAAF / Erik de Lyon Courtesy of RAAAF / Erik de Lyon Courtesy of RAAAF / Erik de Lyon + 7

RAAAF Propose to "Reclaim" Venice's Giardini by Shrouding National Pavilions with Fabric

04:00 - 14 April, 2016
RAAAF Propose to "Reclaim" Venice's Giardini by Shrouding National Pavilions with Fabric, Cloaked: Italian (Central) Pavilion. Image © RAAAF
Cloaked: Italian (Central) Pavilion. Image © RAAAF

Few have ever considered what the Giardini—the park of national pavilions for the Art and Architecture Biennales in Venice—is like during the winter months. In light of the fact that, during their "off-season," the gardens are often left in a state of disrepair, RAAAF—a Dutch multidisciplinary studio based in Amsterdam, alongside architect Marcel Moonen—have proposed a series of installations in an attempt to "reclaim valuable public space" which sits at the heart of an often overcrowded city.

How RAAAF's Experiments in Spatial Dynamics Offer Challenges to the Near Future

09:30 - 29 December, 2015
How RAAAF's Experiments in Spatial Dynamics Offer Challenges to the Near Future, © Jordi Huisman
© Jordi Huisman

Whether it's a bisected war bunker, an office space that forbids sitting down or a hulking yet ultimately purposeless machine of war, the chances are that if you've seen a project by RAAAF, it provoked some questions. But while their work may appear merely idiosyncratic, it is informed by a deep understanding and questioning of culture. Originally produced and published by Freunde von Freunden as "Experiments In Spatial Dynamics: RAAAF," Leonie Haenchen delves into the architecture and philosophy that drives the unconventional Dutch practice.

It’s pouring without mercy, but at Soesterberg Airbase this is highly appreciated. “We like this weather,” says Ronald Rietveld, co-founder of RAAAF, as he greets us at the entrance of what appears to be an enormous post-apocalyptic amusement park. “The rain suits this atmosphere much better.”

RAAAF stands for Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances, which doesn’t really prepare one for what’s revealed behind the doors of Shelter 610. A monstrous arthropod made out of steel with two spindly legs stares vacuously out of its white glassy eyes. Every attempt to name this mechanical being fails, it merely appears as a collision of past and future—science fiction in flesh and blood. “Everything we do should be an in-the-moment experience, something that people can feel physically. If this object was only presented on paper, it would simply not be as strong,” says Ronald and grins mischievously. “I am sure you will still remember this moment in five years.”

Bunker 599 (2010). Image Courtesy of RAAAF The End of Sitting (2014). Image © Jan Kempenaers Secret Operation 610 (2013). Image © Jordi Huisman RAAAF's exhibition at the 2010 Venice Biennale, "Vacant NL". Image © Rob 't Hart + 8

Secret Operation 610 / Studio Frank Havermans + RAAAF

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
Secret Operation 610  / Studio Frank Havermans  + RAAAF, © Michiel de Cleene
© Michiel de Cleene

© Michiel de Cleene © Michiel de Cleene © René de Wit. © Michiel de Cleene + 17

The End of Sitting / RAAAF

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
The End of Sitting / RAAAF, © Jan Kempenaers
© Jan Kempenaers

© Ricky Rijkenberg © Ricky Rijkenberg © Jan Kempenaers © Jan Kempenaers + 12

VIDEO: Bunker 599 / RAAAF + Atelier de Lyon

00:00 - 27 December, 2013

Bunker 599, one of 700 secret bunkers that were used to weaponize artificial hydrology in during the 19th century (see: New Dutch Waterline), recently underwent a radical transformation. RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], in collaboration with Atelier de Lyon, sliced through the seemingly indestructible bunker to link visitors to an existing network of footpaths, create a publicly accessible attraction to those revisiting the NDW, and form a dramatic connection with the flooded plains that were altered more than 200 years ago.

The video above takes you through the process of altering the concrete monolith, ending with film of the stunning result that has been attracting thousands of daily visitors since its completion. To learn more about the project, follow this link.

2013 AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture Announced

01:00 - 4 December, 2013
2013 AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture Announced, Highly Commended: Accomodations for the Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls-sur-Mer by Atelier Fernandez & Serres. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Highly Commended: Accomodations for the Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls-sur-Mer by Atelier Fernandez & Serres. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review

The winners of the 2013 AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture have been announced! The awards, presented by The Architectural Review and now in its 15th year, have seen "projects from locales as diverse as Bloomsbury and the Himalayas." This year over 350 entries were discussed by four esteemed judges, including Sir Peter Cook, and have led to four winners who will share a prize fund of £10,000. See both the four winning entries and the ten highly commended schemes after the break...

'Pretty Vacant' Installation / RAAAF

01:00 - 10 June, 2013
'Pretty Vacant' Installation / RAAAF, © Rob ´t Hart
© Rob ´t Hart

Currently on display until January 31, 2014, the ‘Pretty Vacant’ installation by design and research studio Rietveld Landscape encourages visitors to take a fresh look at the empty spaces of the Centraal Museum in The Netherlands. The blue window literally and figuratively sheds a new light on the space and complements the architecture of this medieval chapel. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Fort Werk aan 't Spoel / RAAAF + Atelier de Lyon

01:00 - 29 July, 2012
© Rob ‘t Hart
© Rob ‘t Hart

© Rob ‘t Hart © Rob ‘t Hart © Rob ‘t Hart © Rob ‘t Hart + 8

Bunker 599 / RAAAF + Atelier Lyon

01:00 - 25 July, 2012
Bunker 599 / RAAAF + Atelier Lyon, Courtesy of RAAAF
Courtesy of RAAAF

Courtesy of RAAAF Courtesy of RAAAF Courtesy of RAAAF Courtesy of RAAAF + 6

  • Architects

  • Location

    A2, The Netherlands
  • Client

    DLG (The Dutch Service for Land and Water Management)
  • Project Year

    2010