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SESV Spazio Espositivo di Santa Verdiana
Florence, 6-24 June 2005

publication year: 2005
150x150 mm; 48 pp.
50 colour illustrations

88-7461-081-5 English

“The spaces on which the works of NIO architecten stand are probably the first to be somewhat surprised. The snake that traverses them and that usually enters them amidst total indifference traces an indeterminate succession of environments that tend to elude the gaze of the architect. These are faceless spaces, the ones where more institutional forms of architecture do not have the words or means to express themselves” (Marco Brizzi).

This book is the catalogue of a touring exhibition which opens at Florence’s SESV Spazio Espositivo di Santa Verdiana. It illustrates ten projects conceived and realized over the past fifteen years by the Dutch studio NIO architecten: the two-dimensional tunnel in Amstelveen (Moon Knight), the enormous beetle/waste incinerator of Hengelo (The Hulk), the twenty-two bridges in the water gardens of ’s-Hertogenbosch (The Aquarians), the sound-barrier houses in Hilversum (The Cyclops), the Hoofddorp bus station (The Amazing Whale Jaw), the southern tangential high-speed bus track between Schiphol and Haarlem (Flower Power), the Life Style store in Voorburg (Heaven and Hell), the Wasco warehouse on the outskirts of Rotterdam (Black Mothafucka), the cake-like penthouse again in Rotterdam (A House for Brad Pitt) and the grey-red tunnel in Pijnacker (Touch of Evil).

After graduating from TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture, Maurice Nio (b. 1959) founded NOX Architects, a design company focusing on both architecture and the media. From 1991 to 1996 he also worked on large-scale architectural projects for BDG Architekten Ingenieurs; his best-known work from this period is the aviTwente Waste Incineration Plant. From 1997 to 1999 he worked at VHP s+a+l on both architectural and urban development projects. He launched his own design company, NIO architecten, on January 1, 2000. Nio has lectured extensively both at home and abroad, and has taught courses at a number of art colleges and schools of architecture. He was the editor of Mediamatic magazine and is a member of the Architecture and Fine Arts Commission of the Rotterdam Art Foundation. He has also designed books, realized seven video productions and published articles about architecture, film, video, television, photography, dance and culture in general. He is the author of You Have The Right To Remain Silent (1998) and Unseen I Slipped Away (2004).