7. Light over Matter

‘Omnis ars imitatio est naturae.’ Seneca

Enchanting images that imitate nature … Har Hollands’ light sculpture designs achieve this equally skilfully. Light over Matter is a video projection which connects the concrete structures of the two neighbouring façades of the tower. An animation has been created which incessantly bathes the tower in a different light, causing an effect of spatial flux as the tower and its segments continually change shape and vary in transparency. The moving light transforms the perceived rigidity of the tower into an elastic sculpture. Sound, composed by sound artist Rob van Rooy, accompanies this display of light and darkness.

The Hooghuis building on the Keizersgracht was designed by Rotterdam-based firm of architects Van den Broek en Bakema, and dates from 1975. This firm of architects produced the ‘Cityplan’, an urban development plan for the city centre of Eindhoven, at the end of the sixties. After various debates and objection procedures, the Cityplan was finally shelved in 1974. The Zeitgeist had changed. People had realised that urban environments could be upgraded more effectively on a smaller and more organic scale than through large-scale city centre remodelling exercises. The Hooghuis building is one of the few structures that resulted directly from the ambitious Cityplan. This office building comprises a two-floor base, which supports a tower with twelve floors. The two stacked building structures present a streamlined grid of horizontal and vertical lines of concrete and glazed surfaces.
Light is a magical tool when used in the hours of darkness: the domain of fantasy.

Har Hollands
Har Hollands (1956) graduated in 1983 from the ‘Eindhoven University of Technology’, at the department of ‘Architecture and Urban Planning’. From 1984 till 1998, he worked as lighting designer at the ‘Lighting Design and Application Centre’ of ‘Philips Lighting’. In 1998 he started the office for architectural lighting: ‘Har Hollands Lichtarchitect’.

Har Hollands

photo: Bart van Overbeeke Fotografie