flexible and transplantable architecture - skinned by KNOL
flexible and transplantable architecture - skinned by KNOL flexible and transplantable architecture - skinned by KNOL
sep 24, 2013

flexible and transplantable architecture - skinned by KNOL

flexible and transplantable architecture – skinned by KNOL
all images courtesy of KNOL





distinct memorable details of ‘concrete’ built volumes are rendered as flexible and transplantable in ‘skinned’, a project by jorien kemerink from dutch studio KNOL. the ongoing series sees architectural elements rendered as delicate latex casts of brick walls, doors, tiled floors, wash basins– foldable skins that stand as thin fragments of spatial existence catching the specific characteristics of a structure. the fragile membranes question the role of architecture, considering the notion of fixed space and employing a more nomadic or transplantable approach to building. ‘skinned’ is the outcome of a two year study that KNOL participated in at vacant NL, a program at the sandberg institute in amsterdam that looked at the potential of vacant buildings, and how they could become, in a sense, more liquid–breaking out of their set locations and transplanting themselves around the urban landscape.

‘skinned’ is being presented at beijing design week 2013 from september 26 – october 3rd within the dutch exhibition ‘starting something’.



‘skinned’ looks at considering architecture as something transplantable



full sections of walls and flooring are cast in latex, expressing architecture as a series of foldable skins




‘skinned’ explores the flexibility of architecture
photo by rob ‘t hart





textures of building materials are captured



beijing design week
september 26th – october 3rd


beijing design week (BJDW) returns to enliven china’s capital with a unique city-wide showcase of initiatives celebrating creativity and innovation from the design field at large.

  • Is Mr Kemerink has any links with Heidi Bucher, which she made a very similar work in the 70s? Otherwise I wonder if this work wouldn’t be a bit awkward…

    Justin says:
  • Robert Overby was doing work of this nature in the 1970’s…in California.

    surjan says:
  • love the idea of the brick skin used for a garment

    dbkii says:
  • “Uniqueness is of no consequence. Anyone can parallel me.” – Robert Overby, sketchbook note, 16 September 1972

    TRM says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,531 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample