In the newest video by architects Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost of YouTube’s #donotsettle, the duo visit MVRDV’s "The Stairs" installed outside Centraal Station in Rotterdam. The project commemorates the 75th anniversary of the city’s reconstruction after World War II by devising the staircase now attached to the Groot Handelsgebouw, a landmark and one of Rotterdam’s first post-war buildings. In the video, Pratomo and Provoost discuss the idea of temporariness, experience-driven architecture, context, and symbolism inspired by MVRDV’s intervention, all the while asking other visitors for their own reactions to the spectacle.
Pratomo and Provoost started #donotsettle on YouTube while they were architecture students and urban enthusiasts studying at TUDelft in The Netherlands. Now, the duo regularly visit new and noteworthy architectures sites, both in Europe and around the globe, creating user-oriented architecture videos imbued with a playfulness and experiential authenticity.
MVRDV's "The Stairs" is a free installation and will be open until June 12.