Anne Holtrop is an interesting figure in the contemporary architectural scene. His works, ranging from models or installations to temporary pavilions and buildings, start from small insights, open questions or simple yet rigorous explorations of unexpected paths. The Program is always the last parameter called into question: it basically adapts to the given limits while spaces develop from within following an idea of continuity. Always present is a close relationship with natural processes: never mimic nor parametrical this is rather an instrumental understanding of growth processes or a simple inspiration for formal creation. All works manage to balance a consistent compositional strength with a light, almost playful touch.
I want to look freely – more or less without a plan – at material gestures and found forms and let them perform as architecture. Anne Holtrop
The “Trail house”, is developed following existing paths created by the circulation of pedestrians over a territory. Overturning the antinomy between house and street, the trail house merges with the walking trajectories, opening its views freely on the surrounding site and naturally becoming part of it.
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“Archaeologies of Green”, the title of the Bahrain Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, is built assembling precast elements of concrete. The pavilion can be crossed and experienced through many different paths, encountering the 10 different gardens and roaming freely without a clear distinction between inside and outside areas. The design bears a feeling of atemporality in that it subtly relates to archeological features of the country and never indulges in those national representation clichés that are so common at the Universal Expos.
Trail house, on Archdaily
Bahrain Pavilion Expo 2015, on Archdaily
Studio Anne Holtrop. A POSSIBLE ARCHITECTURE (models, temporary spaces and buildings) (on Maniera.be)
Interview w/ Anne Holtrop (on Architecture.mit.edu)
Anne Holtrop Contributions for OASE