Commissioned by HTL (Talen-Hegeman) and 19 het Atelier architects. Location: Waterkwartier, Zutphen.
For the facade ornaments, I was inspired by the history of the Waterkwartier.
I chose two leading themes; The 50’s and the role of water in this district through the ages.
The legend maps of Zutphen up to 1572 served as a model and I used them to delineate the global location of the water district, even though it did not yet exist at that time. The proportions in the maps fluctuated quite a bit over the centuries, so it is not an exact science. But to be honest, I mainly looked for beautiful cut-outs of the canal pattern. So the accent is mainly on the pronounced waterlines around Zutphen.
I chose to depart from a city detail, to the right of the IJssel river, because this also exposes the most pronounced structures. Although the ornament I designed has a figurative basis, it is still quite abstract.
A touch of the fifties Art and bricks from the fifties are characterized by stylized figuration, angular robust lines and a kind of no nonsense look.
The final image results in 42 with ‘abstract city details’, perforated metal plaques on the facades of the renovated houses in the Waterkwartier, Zutphen.