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Gibbon House
Commission for a new Gibbon enclosure
for Artis, the Amsterdam Royal Zoo
Looking for a monk and not finding him

I took a small path leading
up a hill valley, finding there
a temple, its gate covered
with moss, and in front of
the door but tracks of birds;
in the room of the old monk
no one was living, and I
staring through the window
saw but a hair duster hanging
on the wall, itself covered
with dust; emptily I sighed
thinking to go, but then
turning back several times,
seeing how the mist on
the hills was flying, and then
a light rain fell as if it
were flowers falling from
the sky, making a music of
its own; away in the distance
came the cry of a Gibbon, and
for me the cares of the world
slipped away, and I was filled
with the beauty around me.

(Sun Yu, 701-762)

From Robert van Gulik’s: "The Gibbon in China"
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Verborgen Tuin
Bronze casted forest soil for
Forming the inside of the water basin
which will be placed in the forest clearing
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KV01 Chair
Chairs for the installation "CAFE"
Inspired by a simple beach folding chair
made of leather and waxed steel
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CAFE
An installation for the Amsterdam Art Fair
On view at the Amsterdam Art Rooms
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Verborgen Tuin
Redesign of a sylvan garden
turning a barely used forest garden
into a scenographic experience
The felling of a large ash, weakened by its old age, has left a clearing in the forest. A lush border that contains the overgrown ruin of a brick bench separates the forest from the rest of the garden, leaving it barely noticeable from the house.
The proposal is to remove the back of the bench. An opening, framed by the remaining arm rests, provides a view from the house on the clearing in the forest. A tombak water basin, casted in the forest soil it sits on, accentuates the clearing. The milling used to level the edge of the basin leaves a golden fringe - that like the water - reflects the light of the sunbeams penetrating the forest.
Every spring the forest is filled with anemones, snowdrops and crocuses. We propose a mix of new plants that form the backdrop for the water basin and the clearing in the forest. One hundred Rhododendrons densify the forest’s border. Periwinkle is used as a ground cover around the clearing. A mix of hostas, soft shield ferns, yellow wax-bells, bishop's hats and treacle berries is planted in front of the tall plumes of goat's beard. The new plants are selected to add to the luster of the forest throughout the seasons.
Many of the decisions are made on site. Tested and adjusted step by step, the plan is evolving slowly as the garden takes shape.
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POVEGLIA X TUTTI!
A Venetian Island for
Locals, Inhabitants and Tourists
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Sihltreppen
Staircases to reconnect the city to the river
A landscape design for the city of Zurich
and its forgotten riverbed
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Apartment Hotel
A slow stay business hotel
near the Zurich main station
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Exhibition Sihltreppen
Exhibition at the ETH Zurich
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