Iris de Kievith's spaceship-like structure has a special mission

The capsule is a flamboyant addition to its urban surrounding.

ROTTERDAM – Commissioned by the playground foundation, an engaged group from Rotterdam’s maker scene has gathered around Iris de Kievith to create an intimate space for storytelling. The mobile structure is located on a playground in Rotterdam Feijenoord, a district where children often begin school with poor Dutch language literacy. Having a space where children and adults can gather to exchange words ought to act as a catalyst for change.

The pavilion’s odd shape works in the mission’s favour and serves two main purposes. Firstly, it attracts attention- and, secondly, it collects rainwater. The big funnel on top of the structure was originally part of one of the two polyester silos which form the main body, obtained from a local farm. With the help of artist-maker Boris Duijneveld from MUD projects, the silos have then been halved and reassembled with a new polyester layer to form a solid whole again.

Plywood and thick felted wool form the inner lining of the space, making it feel soft, welcoming and embracing and contributing positively to the acoustics and aroma in the small room too. The wool is from a local flock of 30 sheep and has been fabricated by Clara Froger and a Rotterdam-based social enterprise group.

The low natural light that falls through the washing machine windows further enhances the intimacy.

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