Pijnacker tunnel, Touch of Evil Holland, Dutch Project Photos, Interarea Design Images

Touch of Evil: Pijnacker tunnel Holland – Interarea

Touch of Evil, Netherlands Railway Art – design by NIO architecten in The Netherlands

9 Apr 2009

Pijnacker tunnel intervention

Design: NIO architecten


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Photos by Hans Pattist

What happened here? On the walls and ceilings of the tunnel a strange imprint is visible. A big, whimsical and brightly coloured imprint, an imprint of an unreal and immeasurable shape. As if during the building an unearthly thing got stuck between the formwork. As if the soul of the former landscape, being rooted up by bulldozers, has gone underground. As if the winding pattern of old polder roads, which has made place for rigid urban developments, takes revenge in the tunnel.

Compared to the furthermore generic tunnel the thing seems to have loomed up out of nothing. The thing is all the more strange because the rest – the other concrete walls, the asphalt, the paving stones, the fencing, the illumination lines that are at right angles with the road and the bicycle lane/footpath – looks quite normal. The only extravagance being that orange-red thing.

It is not art, even though it was designed and made with the same limitations. It was not invented to externalise an intimate or personal experience. No, on the contrary, it wants to make an inhuman form of life visible in a usually anonymous tunnel. Only in this way the tunnel is more than a connection between two areas: an alien, immeasurable, asymmetrical and disoriented experience. A tunnel that you will never understand, even though you have been driving through it every day all your life.

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Pijnacker tunnel intervention – Building Information

Touch of Evil – Interarea tunnel in Pijnacker

Address: VINEX location Tolhek, Pijnacker, HOLLAND
Design: NIO architecten
Client: Gemeente Pijnacker-Nootdorp
Contractor: Dura Vermeer (Dubbers-Malden)
Structural engineer: DHV/IBZH & Holland Railconsult
Design team: Joan Almekinders, Samir Bantal, Hans Larsen, Enrique Moya-Angeler, Maurice Nio, Arek Seredyn, Tine Silvester-Iversen
Start design: 2002
Completion: 2004
Costs: € 3.600.000 (10% is spend on architectonical finishing)

Pictures: Hans Pattist

Pijnacker tunnel images / information from NIO architecten 090409

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Location: Tolhek, Pijnacker, Netherlands, northern Europe

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