PRINTS & PERSONALITY

A while ago I wrote an article about the handprints on the copper womb in the relatively new Supreme Court in Wellington. There is something about seeing the handprints of others - of people you don't know but who have stood in this same space as you, and in some way share that space with you - which makes you feel more connected to the citizens of the world. It is a little like looking at the stars which men hundreds of years ago used to navigate their way through unchartered waters. While some might dislike these marks appearing built surfaces, for me the residue of the human-building relationship  is quite charming. So, when I stumbled across the photographs of the Beltgens Fashion Shop by Wiel Arets Architects, in Amsterdam I was intrigued and enamoured all over again. Of course, even before the handprints the work is seductive in its simplicity.
It turns out the firm do a range of exquiste work merging old and new, rough and fleshy.




AZL Pension Fund.





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