Rick Wessels published about our research to legionella safe design and so-called hotspots as the result of heated waterpipes. The construction chain as a whole is well equipped with knowledge, rules and codes, but in practice things tend to go wrong anyway. Each part of the chain can make minor mistakes. This hints at a question of integration to which architecture can help to find answers.
Rick Wessels, Werken aan legionellaveilige wonignen in de hele bouwketen, ThemaTech, april 2011, published by ISSO, Rotterdam
‘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.’