“Whatever space and time mean, place and occasion mean more. For space in the image of man is place, and time in the image of man is occasion." - Aldo Van Eyck, 1962
I remember reading Aldo Van Eyck, the great Dutch architect who died in 1999, back in college. His work and his essays were a huge influence on me as a young student. His work eschewed abstract theory in favor of real place-making. He influenced generations of architects from Herman Hertzberger, Rem Koolhaas to Bjarke Ingels.
How powerful is a place? Can it inspire us to be innovative? joyful?
When JEMA began our collaboration with Color Art on their new office, the theme of "place and occasion" became central to the design. There is enormous power in place-making to foster innovation and community and hence a fertile, joyful culture.
Can a place make us feel "at home" even when we are at work?
James Ludwig, Steelcase's Global Design Director, got it right when he said:
The power of place: can it make us more creative?
Blurring the edges, the "nest" is part living room, part kitchen, part office