Two models for embassies (retreat I & II)by Anne Holtrop

Two models for embassies (retreat I & II)by Anne Holtrop

Dutch architect Anne Holtrop has proposed two conceptual embassy buildings for the Government Building Agency in the Netherlands.

Two models for embassies (retreat I & II) by Anne Holtrop

The designs (retreat I & II) would both contain a series of rooms distanced from their immediate surroundings for safety.

Two models for embassies (retreat I & II)<br/>by Anne Holtrop

Retreat I (above) would have alcoves in a mountainous form and Retreat II (below) would have spaces concealed in undulating terrain.

Two models for embassies (retreat I & II) by Anne Holtrop

Here's some more from the designer:


Recently I finished an idea project for the Government Buildings Agency (part of ministry VROM).

Two models for embassies (retreat I & II) by Anne Holtrop

It is called Two models for embassies (retreat I & II).

Two models for embassies (retreat I & II) by Anne Holtrop

The work originated out of the need for safety issues concerning embassies.

Two models for embassies (retreat I & II) by Anne Holtrop

What I tried to do is to develop two ideas in models to give a broader insight in this question. One way to defend one self is to retreat, to make a distance.

Two models for embassies (retreat I & II) by Anne Holtrop

That why the work is named Two models for embassies (Retreat I & Retreat II). But a retreat has also a very positive meaning, like a retraite.

Two models for embassies (retreat I & II) by Anne Holtrop

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In that way a retreat is about the quality of space. This double interpretation is part of the work.


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Trail House
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