The production of a palace

Spent an extremely nice day at The Hague the day before yesterday – we were invited to the graduation show of the Royal Academy of Art the Hague. We picked out one student for Hedenhaags – a promising guy who compares making buildings with making film: the production of a palace.

Designing a palace is representing its inhabitants. It always has been like this, it only used to be easier as designers and architects used to know what to represent. This is no longer the case. Since a consensus on how to represent the Royal Family does not exist and they themselves are ambiguous on how they want to be represented, architecture would be to slow to keep up, and too static to maintain its validity. The palace as a set for representation should be adapted to those who visit. Therefore, to design a palace you do not need an architect, but a director and production designer. In my design for a Palace, I use a montage of cinematographic spaces and their inherited meaning to create an eclectic form of architecture which functions like a film.

The photo below isn’t representative for the exitement Rick’s project generates – he also shows his categorisation as a set of cards in boxes, a blueprint of the palace and a film showing the route Poetin shoud/would/will take through the palace. For our exhibition, he will create a route for one of the royal princesses & show a film of that route. Interesting stuff!

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