Santiago Borja, A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory, thatched structure, observatory, Rotterdam, roof top installation, Holland, temporary installation, farmhouses, Dutch design, Dutch functionalism, modernist house

The heptagonal structure is located on the rooftop terrace of the Sonneveld House in Rotterdam, which was designed by Dutch firm Brinkman & Van der Vlugt in the 1930s. It references traditional Dutch farmhouses and contrasts the white walls and functionalism of the building. It is meant to become a space for contemplation.

Santiago Borja, A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory, thatched structure, observatory, Rotterdam, roof top installation, Holland, temporary installation, farmhouses, Dutch design, Dutch functionalism, modernist house

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“Borja considers his observatory to be a space for contemplation, an abstract space where visitors can find themselves through spiritual and spatial awareness,” said a statement from the project team led by curator Erich Weiss.

Santiago Borja, A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory, thatched structure, observatory, Rotterdam, roof top installation, Holland, temporary installation, farmhouses, Dutch design, Dutch functionalism, modernist house

The Sonneveld House was built in 1929 as a family house. In 2001 it was converted into a museum run by the Het Nieuwe Instituut of architecture, design and e-culture. The new installation will remain in place until 22 May 2016.

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