The Dutch city of Almere was built on land reclaimed from a shallow bay in the Netherlands. This city was founded only in 1976, but since then the population has grown to 220,000. In order to attract visitors, government officials agreed that Almere needed a museum. This floating art pavilion serves as a test for developing ideas and has the potential for a full museum in the future.
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The future museum is called M. by Studio Ossidiana. M. was created as a floating pavilion on the grounds of Floriade Expo 2022.
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Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Belloti, the founders of Studio Ossidiana, created a plan that “appeals to all the senses and references Almere’s tradition of innovation and experimentation”, explain the designers.
Moreover, the resulting pavilion is its own work of art. It even rubs shoulders with the region’s extensive land art collections, which are now part of the museum’s inaugural collection.
In addition, M. was inspired by the sea that the province of Flevoland in the Netherlands replaced and the lake Weerwater where the flag flies. The design then includes three circles: the port, the stage and the observatory. The Port is a ring-shaped promenade on the water that visitors can walk on or sit on for outdoor programming. The ring is made from terrazzo using seashells, moulds, clay and charcoal found in the local soil.
The stage is an island platform with a deck that will drift in strong winds. The Observatory, located on the third circular platform, has two exhibition spaces. Meanwhile, the lightweight polycarbonate cylindrical facade reflects the landscape outside. The silhouettes of visitors can be seen through the special openings in the facade. Such silhouettes create performance art of a kind as visitors walk through.
The pavilion will also feature immersive works of art that include visitors as participants in artistic production. The first exhibition will be Naturally: wild futures. NaturAlly presents the work of five new artists who show their vision of the wilderness of the future. Plus, visitors can walk through the trees on heels, travel through a pink undersea world, watch machines help birds build their nests, and see a modern take on the primordial soup outside on the terrace. , according to the designers.
M. has also helped bring art to the community through several downtown exhibits, including two stores converted into immersive art galleries and art projects where visitors can contribute with paint by numbers to a huge mural depicting a green Almere of the future or wander through a maze filled with local art.
Nieuw Flevo Peil, a temporary interactive water sculpture on display in a lake in downtown Almere, was powered by heartbeats collected from residents of Flevoland. When collecting these heartbeats, participants were asked what made their heart beat faster. The answers to this question are used in artwork that will be commissioned by M. in the near future.
Images via Studio Ossidiana