EXHIBITION DESIGN TURNING THE NAI BUILDING INSIDE-OUT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE BIENNAL ROTTERDAM.
In response to the theme of ?Open City,? we ?opened up? the Netherlands Architecture Insitute (NAI) to the city of Rotterdam, and created an urban forum inside. When invited to present a concept, along with several other local offices, Maxwan took the design pitch a step further by presenting not only an exhibition concept, but a proposal to turn the NAI building inside-out - and to rethink the way it engages with the city. The IABR and the curators enthusiastically chose this plan, and the NAI embraced it as a challenging strategy to make the building more accessible.
Almost all of the NAI infrastructure will be reconceived. A new bridge will bring visitors directly into the main exhibition hall?the Forum, which will house a large-scale introductory exhibition; The Hood?an auditorium and workshop space; a café; a bookshop; and an open-source multi-media archive. The forum will be continuously animated by a 12-week event program. The Open City exhibition will infiltrate the entire NAI, filling its galleries and redefining its public spaces.
Design for an exhibition
International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
partner in charge
Rients Dijkstra, Hiroki Matsuura
Artur Borejszo, Anna Borzyszkowska, Klaas Hofman, Nobuki Ogasahara, Rene Sangers
ROTTERDAM – jan '08
Supervision and masterplan for the area around Rotterdam Central Station.
MOSCOW – jan '06
A New Town for 320'000 residents South-West of Moscow
LONDON – jan '09
Urban Master plan and supervision for a new town of 11'000 houses at the river Thames in London
ROTTERDAM – jan '03
Design for an exhibition of Dutch fashion, industrial- and graphics design,
architecture and photography at the NAi
OSTRAVA – jun '10
A new cultural centre
PAPHOS – nov '11
Historical and new programs and functions linked together with a net like roof structure