PRELUDE A weaving generation
The Prelude was designed as a Wunderkammer describing the practices of young offices in the Netherlands & Flanders on the rise. These offices share a similar approach towards architecture yet are different in their architectural background. In the Netherlands this group grew out of the wake of the economic crisis, a specific condition that prompted an abrupt re-evaluation. The architecture before had been too isolated, fragmented, and too much defined by its own internal logic. In Flanders it is the continuation of an older cultural tradition, trying to make sense of the fragmented Belgium urban condition. These new practices aimed to regain a wider perspective by re-evaluating the overall history through association, the notion of typology, the specifics of context, the tradition of craft and the richness of art. Rather than creating something new and isolated, they look for the threads already there and weave them together. The design then lies in enriching the existing fabric; building upon anecdotes from history, incident and context. The objects in this room are fragments of this generation. They are objects of thought and objects of realisation. Viewed together through the association of the visitor, their relationships become evident.