Proostwetering 53, Utrecht
Civil engineering works
PUBLICATIONS:de Architect 2006-5; Bouwwereld 2006-5; Bouwen met Staal 2006-juni; l'Arca 2005-1; Deutsche Bauzeitschrift 2006-12; Architecture + Urbanism 2007-7; Jaarboek 2005-2006; ONL - Hyperbody Logic, 2006
The Acoustic Barrier along the A2 motorway includes in its one-and-a-half kilometres an industrial building, the Cockpit. This contains a car showroom, an appropriate duty and one exploiting the building's attention value. The position of the Cockpit's greater volume and the sinuous lines of the barrier are redolent of a snake with its recently swallowed prey. All components, including the 40,000 differing steel nodes and the 10,000 differing triangular glass panels, were generated by a computer program, produced as one-offs in a factory and assembled on site like a construction kit.