On 6 October the third meeting in the series ‘The Tradition Revisited’ organised by NAI will take place. In this series the significance of traditionalism within contemporary architecture and urban design is investigated. The themes of cultural identity and value creation serve as starting points for the debate. Participants include Joris Molenaar, Peter Verschuren, Ruurd Roorda and Hans van der Heijden of our practice.
‘H. van der Heijden & R. Wessels’ approach is pragmatic and professional, which is not to reject aesthetics. The architects explain their approach as one which consists in accepting and evaluating individual needs, and in heightening existing facilities. But they are certainly not minimalists who -absorbed with subliminal aspects of everyday experience- often ignore what is merely ordinary. Pieces of furniture are for once allowed to appear on the plans of the dwellings. The mundane and exceptional, the small and the large, the new and the existing are all recognized and are ascribed the same value. Every aspect of the given situation is embraced with the same forthright, even-handed attitude.’