The architects in the Dutch practice MVRDV has transformed an over-sized and empty-looking market place in the Dutch farming village Schijndel into something quite unique. A glass structure with the shape of a traditional farm house has been put up there, elegantly resembling not only the town’s streetscape but also its historical and traditional architectural aspects. The architects had commissioned artist Frank van der Salm to take pictures of several farm houses around the city. These photos where then printed onto glass elements as a composite image of a farmhouse.
It is interesting to see how openings such as windows and doors in the different pictures of the farmhouse do not line up with the structure of the actual building. MVRDV has actually been working on different proposals for this site since 2000, but it was with this building that they felt they had a concept and a design that would please the locals.