Façade of Pharos building
Client: Rijksgebouwendienst / Kohn Pederson Fox Architects (London)
Year: 2002 (never realised)
– Log magazine, The Wipers by Hilary Sample, 2011
– Towers, maintenance, and the desire for effortless permanence by Hilary Sample,
Princeton Architectural Press, 2010
– Frame magazine, the international magazine of interior architecture and design, 2004
Installation to embellish the five-storey section of Pharos, an office building designed by Kohn Pederson Fox in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. Being a prominent landmark next to the railway station and Schiphol Airport, the work had to be a ‘welcoming gesture,’ which had to be integrated into the predominantly glazed façade. This ‘gesture’ exists of 85 windscreen wipers, such as those used for aeroplanes and lighthouses. Taking more than Holland’s notoriously rainy weather into consideration, I also developed a program that enables wipers to wave individually, per floor or in sync; the whole façade beckoning as one big welcome of oscillating ‘arms’.