Several years ago a Jelmer Frank and I developed the On Demand Experience. This skyscraper was our entry for the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Every year, architecture journal eVolo runs this international competition. Hundreds of architects and designers participate every year. Out of 715 entries, our entry was awarded an Honorable Mention.
Recently co-participator and friend Jelmer Frank discovered an article on UK technology website TechWorld.com. It’s an article written five years after the On Demand Experience. The article mentions six of the “best futuristic skyscraper concepts”. TechWorld writes:
Architects from around the world participate, and contributions have ranged from an apartment building with an integrated robotic warehouse for on-demand goods to a sprawling eco-friendly data centre highrise in Iceland.
Yep, we’re the “apartment building with integrated robotic warehouse” TechWorld talks about. Five years after we competed in eVolo, people still remember our entry. Amazing! TechWorld continues the article by highlighting six concepts, including the On Demand Experience. Read the full article here.
By now you all know I’m developing my own house. The Benjamin One. Somehow it continues to feel like nothing but fiction. The design only exists in my computer. Talks I have with the local government, buyers, contractor, friends and colleagues are… talks. So, Benjamin One, my future house, continues to be some sort of imagination. A dream. Fiction.
I walked by the lot where my house will be constructed and realised something was different. I noticed little yellow pickets defining the lot. My lot. Suddenly the Benjamin One project turned from fiction to reality. It’s just four little pickets. But it makes all the difference to me.
Well, okay. It’s not just been a while. It’s been a looooooong while. My last post dates back to June 2014, which is exactly 630 days ago. Yep, it’s a long time, and a lot has happened since.
The thing that kept me most busy is an idea. A stupid idea at first. Here it comes: What if I would design and develop my own house?
Yeah, why not?
Long story short: I did. And since it’s my first house, I named the project Benjamin One. Soon it turned out “Benjamin Three” would be more applicable. This is because the local government “forced” me to develop two other houses as well. In return of this “favour”, I was allowed to pick the lot I preferred most. Soon construction of the three houses starts. It’s going to be exciting times!
It’s the fourth time I was part of the so called Square Journaal (translation: Square News). Last year we made a short movie. This year we made a parody of a pastor who wants to take over Square and turn it into a perfect world. Below are the links to all three episodes. Enjoy!
Exactly a month ago I directed the tenth episode of talkshow event Bolder75. It was a great evening for a number of reasons, not the least because of the present of Johan Derksen. He’s a well known and very popular Dutch football pundit who, somehow, always ends up in heated debates about… well… anything. This evening was no exception.
For us, the camera operators and myself, this meant we had to be 110 percent focussed, which we were. That brings us to the second reason why it’s a great evening. This simply is our best Bolder75 telecast to date.
Tomorrow I’ll direct the eleventh episode of Bolder75. This time another incredible guest, Guido Weijers, is slated to appear. The team is ready, the script is prepared… It’s gonna be great!
Several years ago I started my architectural studies in the Netherlands. Since then, my life accelerated. I lived in five different countries, biked all across the Netherlands, designed a mega church and started working as director. Oh, I also co-founded a company. And I feel like I’m just warming up!