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A folly in a Rotterdam suburb draws on residents’ complex relationship with the city.
The residents of Carnisselande, a garden suburb in Barendrecht, the Netherlands, have a curious relationship with Rotterdam. Many of them work in the city, or are otherwise mentally and emotionally connected to it, yet they go home at night to a place that is physically and visually separate. When NEXT architects was tapped to build a folly on a hill in the new town, they seized on this apparent contradiction. â€œThis suburb is completely hidden behind sound barriers, highways, totally disconnected from Rotterdam,â€ said NEXT director Marijn Schenk. â€œWe discovered when youâ€™re on top of the hill and jump, you can see Rotterdam. We said, â€˜Can we make the jump into an art piece?â€™â€ Read More