“Architecture is more than creating a place to live,” stated the late Dutch architect, Piet Blom, “you create a society.” Till his death in 1999, Blom designed homes and urban schemes as if to reject the stern, coldness of post-war Modernism in light of a warmer, more human architecture. His drawings, diagrams and homes portray an affectionate commitment to reconcile elements of culture with the architecture around us. Characterized by his use of lively colors and equally expressive architectural geometries, project’s such as the “Kasbah” and the cube houses in Rotterdam stand as testaments to his belief that architecture serves the people, not the other way around.
A true “People’s Architect,” Blom’s work has endeared a growing number supporters, among these are residents who have lived in his houses and are hoping to garner donations to share these artifacts with the public. Ingeborg van der Aa, secretary of the Piet Blom Foundation, mentions that the initiative’s mission is to promote recognition, new insight and appreciation with the hopes of encouraging a younger generation to be active creators of their society.
Follow us after the break for a rare collection of Blom’s drawings.
Architects: NL Architects
Location: Laan Hart van Zuid, 7553 Hengelo, The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Design Team: Bobby de Graaf, Gen Yamamoto, Gerbrand van Oostveen, Yusuke Iwata, Joanna Janota
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg