Arch.Fokke Moerel, Project Manager at MVRDV, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is the Red Dot Design Award Winner 2013 for the Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, project presented in GIS, alongside the transformation of Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.
The museum for modern art, which is housed in a historical building transformed its central neoclassical chapel into an entrance, shop and café area. The bright red colour was chosen to act as a warm element, making a clear juxtaposition between the old and new and to pay respect to the former sacral function of the space. The design is respectful towards the impressive and grandiose yet at the same time austere chapel, whilst adding qualities the space lacked, providing new functions.
‘I will be speaking at GIS Warsaw about the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam transformation of a historical chapel into a bustling entrance area for a modern art museum. How to add a large amount of program without jeopardising the monument and without losing precious space. Poland to me is a fast changing dynamic country in which I am working on the Baltyk office tower in Poznan, also a project in which history and modernity go hand in hand’, said arch. Fokke Moerel, about her participation as guest speaker in GIS Warsaw 2014.