The architect, Tomas Dirrix (1988) was invited to research and design a museum in which the public space and a white cube – the standard for exhibition spaces in contemporary visual art – come together. In (hopefully) the peak of the global Corona crisis, art has become less accessible and the public space takes on a completely different context due to all the measures that restrict freedom of movement and non-essential economic activities. New questions arise for architecture and art; how can we make art and culture accessible to the public and make modes of production possible for makers? Dirrix’ research focuses on forms in which concepts such as intimate, personal experience enter into a relationship with nature and culture. Mixing public, private, nature and culture, Unfair™ – Westerpark aims for a positive narrative for cultural expressing in times of crisis.
Atelier Tomas Dirrix is located in Rotterdam (NL). Dirrix graduated from the Master of Architecture at the TUDelft, received the Arc18 Young Talent Award and won the Unfair Architect Award for the design of the biennial exhibition featuring work by 40 young and promising artists in 2017-18. Read more on Dirrix’ work here.