Maurits Van der Staay at AP

AP had the pleasure and honour to host architect Maurits Van der Staay for a Friday Review at the office.

Maurits presented the Open Air theatre he designed with Studio Akkerhuis for the Kunstklank cultural association in Noordwijk, a seaside resort near Leiden in the Netherlands. The structure uses natural materials, primarily bamboo sticks, which provide extreme flexibility and affordability. The theatre can be easily assembled in different configurations, adapting to different contexts and performances. In Maurits’ words, ‘The concept was to create a compact space, somewhere between a small amphitheatre, a Bedouin tent, a yurt and something reminiscent of a nineteenth century travelling circus’.

He also took us through a series of projects he worked on while being an architect at Renzo Piano Building Workshop, from the Potsdamer Platz masterplan in Berlin and the Lingotto renovation in Torino, to the most recent Château La Coste Art Gallery and Central Saint Gilles development in London.

Meaningful insights on projects which generously contributed to the discourse on contemporary architecture. Thanks Maurits!

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