secret operation 610 revealed by rietveld landscape + studio frank havermans
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sep 13, 2013
secret operation 610 revealed by rietveld landscape + studio frank havermans


secret operation 610 revealed by rietveld landscape and studio frank havermans
image © michiel de cleene
all images courtesy of rietveld landscape

 

 

 

in collaboration with studio frank havermans, dutch designers rietveld landscape reveal ‘secret operation 610′ for vrede van utrecht 2013 (the peace of utrecht festival). emerging from the shelter of a former F15 hanger at cold war airbase soesterberg, the mobile design creeps along the apparently unending airstrip. the lethargic pace of the caterpillar wheels gives viewers a long period of contemplation of the elevated vessel and its historical context at the military airbase. its form resembles aircraft but is flightless. what appear to be wings turn into two long arms that descend to the ground and end in traditional military treads to supported the structure. a third supports extends over the back end of the capsule. the general aesthetic of the sculptural object resembles something from a science fiction movie. however, it is a functional work that serves as a research station. one of the groups occupying the space is cleanera: technical university (TU) delft aerospace engineering students who are developing the ‘no noise, no carbon, just fly’ technologies for the future of flight. 

 

 


secret operation 610 emerges from the hanger
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the research station moves slowly down the endless runway
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a slow pace allows viewers to contemplate the historical context of the site
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the design manifests the aesthetic of science fiction films
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the main capsule comfortably seats 12
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secret operation 610 in the historical context of a cold war military base
image © michiel de cleene

 

 


nature frames the monstrous design
image © michiel de cleene

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