DIVERSE ARCHITECTEN, 1985-1991, De Realiteit, Almere-Stad
Experimentele woningbouw De Realiteit / Experimental Temporary Housing De Realiteit ( Diverse architecten )
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In 1982 a committee calling itself De Fantasie (‘fantasy’) held a competition for ‘unusual homes’. The brief called for experimental, freestanding, temporary houses that need not satisfy legal regulations or official standards. The winners (not only professional architects) each received a sum of money and a plot of land on loan. The success of De Fantasie prompted a second, more extensive version at another site three years later, this time under the name De Realiteit (‘reality’). Almost all the prize-winning submissions have been built over the years, often by the designers themselves and sponsored by suppliers of building materials. The results vary widely in nature and quality, yet all possess the charm of an idea directly translated into built terms.
On the larger site provided by De Realiteit the more sensational items include the low-tech, water-bound Amfibie; Meerzicht, a high-tech solar energy experiment with its arresting hot water storage tank; Polderblik, a steel site office on pilotis with a dash of classicism; Tijdelijk Wonen, a stack of containers; the most attractively named of the houses (in translation, ‘There’s a bird flying beneath our house’); and Markies, a fold-out caravan.
Projects De Realiteit: 7 T. Koolhaas (Polderblik), 9 M. Koolen (Ibis), 11 D. Bruijne, G. Koppelman (Er vliegt een vogel onder ons huis), 13 J. Wagenaar, H. Weijsenfeld (Boven de Zeespiegel), 15 L. van Bemmelen, H. Liem (De Cirkelwoning), 17 B.J. van den Brink (Meerzicht), 19 M.H. Meijs (Diogenes II), 21 M. van Roosmalen, M. van Gessel (Macadine), 23 M. van der Dalen, P. Claassens (Cargo), 25 E.F. Böhtlingk (Markies), 27 J.E. Hammink (De naam van het huis), 8 H. Slawik (Tijdelijk Wonen), 10 J.G.C. Abbo (Golfhuis), 12 G.A. Janga (De Steigerhut), 14 Holvast en Van Woerden (Amfibie), 16 J.H.M. & R.M. van Well (P.S.), 18 W.M. Gerretsen (Zeiltoren)