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RELATE. A video series on architecture and light

Explore our new videos series RELATE, in which we take you to astounding projects around the world, where light and architecture harmonise. We talk to inspiring architects and lighting designers that elaborate on their approach for the project, their design process and road to realisation. Get inspired to imagine, create and relate.

Episode 4. The Hoofddorp Fort

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Serge Schoemaker Architects

Project photography
MWA Hart Nibbrig

The Hoofddorp Fort

The Hoofddorp Fort is one of the historic forts along the defence line of Amsterdam. A concrete structure embedded into the landscape, covered with a layer of earth, consisting of a rich labyrinth of spaces, gun positions, rooms, corridors and niches.

Fort Van Hoofddorp

The process of redeveloping and converting the fort took a decade. Some 8,100sqm in size, the world heritage site has been transformed into an urban park with space for a restaurant as well as cultural and educational activities. Serge Schoemaker Architects tackled the landscape, architecture and interior in an integral manner, fusing past and present into a new entity. In our new Relate documentary we sat down with Serge Schoemaker at the fort and in his office, where he guides us through the full redevelopment process.

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Episode 1. House B

In episode 1 of the RELATE video series, we meet up with architect Dirk De Meyer in Antwerp, Belgium. Enjoy a house tour a breathtaking residence, where the architect meticulously studied the sun’s movement and natural light qualities of the site, before designing the house.


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Episode 2. The Italian pavilion

“Darkness is not the opposite of light. It is the place of possibilities where the senses cannot go.” Curator Alessandro Melis inspires with his vision for the Italian pavilion at the 2021 biennale of architecture in Venice. We sat down with two inspirators of the presentation at the pavilion, architects Alessandro Melis and Paolo di Nardo, to discuss the exhibition ‘Resilient Communities’.

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Episode 3. The Chicago Reserve Roastery

The Chicago Reserve Roastery is the culmination of all six, Starbucks largest-ever immersive coffee experience – across five floors and 35,000 square feet of retail space. The lighting approach started from the central rotunda, housing a huge golden cask. The different layers of lighting throughout the space, from the outside to the inside illumination of the cask, to the light integrated in the custom wood slatted ceiling or the gentle spotlighting, provides for a very special moment.

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