During the Rotterdam Architecture Month, in addition to the main exhibition (T)Huis, where SAWA is displayed, the exhibition ‘How we want to live M4H 2030’ is also on show, including Fenix I.
As part of the exhibition programming, Willemijn Wilms Floet, assistant professor at TU Delft and author of the book Urban Oases, made an exhibition about courtyards. The beautiful, quiet inner area of Fenix I could not be left out of this exhibition.
“Courtyards and courts are hidden semi-public inner worlds, part of a larger urban whole. They form an architectural unit through the rhythmic repetition of windows, doors and other elements that enclose the courtyard. This creates a unique atmosphere of peace and quiet, as a counterpoint to the world outside. Buildings and outdoor spaces in a courtyard are inextricably linked.
Those who do not know the exact location of a courtyard, walk past it. Historically, courtyards are hidden behind gates, so that the different inner world is experienced as a surprise. The courtyard in the Dutch city usually has a residential function and can be characterised as a ‘green oasis’.
The exhibition is on display in the Keilepand and can be visited on Thursday and Friday from 14.00 – 18.00, and on Saturday from 11.00 – 18.00, when there are lectures, workshops or other activities in the building. In the morning of 18 June, during the Day of Architecture, Willemijn Wilms Floet will personally explain the exhibition and on 29 June at 19.30 there will be a lecture and tour.