FIRST ENCOUNTER. The building looked appealing on the outside, but was in a very poor shape on the inside. Most recently, a school had operated there, yet since 1989 the building had been out of use. In the attic, we found folding desks from three different eras. I was most inspired by the local people, however, when we went to eat at a local cafeteria with the municipality mayor, Ene Maaten. There, the people for whom the building was being constructed, were having lunch. Rich and poor, children and the elderly, some with one tooth, some with gold teeth. A colourful bunch.
THE CUSTOMER’S DESIRE was for the village folk to feel themselves at home there. The local government, library and St. Ann’s congregation also needed new premises. The kitchen should have the facilities to bake bread together, to fetch kindling wood for the wood-fired stove. The customer wanted a house with character, and that suited me: lots of paint, authentic material, texture, wallpaper patterns, textile. It’s not my style to use only two details to bring an empty room to life.