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nephews Tibbe and Sill taking over the observatory

 

Vital experiment
KAPKAR / TO-RXD
De Dommel, Sint Oedenrode (NL)

The need of experiment

We have been waiting for the year 2020 in case of this project: KAPKAR/ TO-RXD, the landscape observatory. This year we look back, eleven years later, to make the first conclusion of the shuttering skin experiment.

In 2008 starting this project, Studio Frank Havermans has made a lot of experiments for the shuttering with materials from nature to make a natural observatory in concrete. The samples are still vital and beautiful, we will show the results. Willow, bark, branches, big leaves, small leaves, and more. The bark was the best option for the landscape observatory, a fine and soft concrete skin for that location.

Built to regain the patin of nature, made as a skin experiment in concrete, a place for nature to attach to, sunken in earth to observe small animals and a reverse observatory in relation to the intimacy of that location and the type of landscape: downward instead of upward: lower than the human view. Origined through experiment, made by hand, it took 4 months, the result was briljant.

Now we needed time, eleven years is… eleven years. From 2009 the bark would fall off through weather conditions and moss would take over. We are working on that now and went with our nephews Tibbe and Sill who immediately took over the place, having fun.

In the mean time it became an inspiration for others who used the technique of the experiment for their projects and got succes with it.

It is 2020, harvest time for the idea that started in 2008 and the result is great, nature has taken over the skin.

Soon more….!

nephews Tibbe and Sill taking over the observatory

nephews Tibbe and Sill taking over the observatory

nephews Tibbe and Sill taking over the observatory

KAPKAR / TO-RXD in 2019

KAPKAR / TO-RXD in 2019

the beautiful skin of KAPKAR / TO-RXD in 2019

the beautiful skin of KAPKAR / TO-RXD in 2019

concrete tests in 2008

selected concrete test with tree bark, 2008

the bark experiment, Frank Havermans, 2008

making the concrete forming by Frank Havermans studio workshop, 2008

the studio workshop with the concrete forming parts with bark, 2008

construction the concrete formwork on location, 2009

pouring the concrete, 2009

pouring the concrete, 2009

dismantling the upper part of the observatory

The observatory, freshly dismantled

the skin with bark in 2009

KAPKAR / TO-RXD, 2008, photo René de Wit

KAPKAR / TO-RXD viewing point, 2008, photo René de Wit