polylester develops light-hearted interior for UNESCO site in amsterdam
polylester develops light-hearted interior for UNESCO site in amsterdam polylester develops light-hearted interior for UNESCO site in amsterdam
apr 17, 2016

polylester develops light-hearted interior for UNESCO site in amsterdam

amsterdam-based polylester studio, led by gabriel lester and martine vledder, introduces light-hearted design into the engineering hanger of fort vijfhuizen in the netherlands. the UNESCO world heritage site is one of forty-two defensive positions of the obsolete defense line of amsterdam. to accommodate the location’s re-purposing to an arts and culture center polylester developed ‘the movables’.

the hanger’s six industrial lamps adjust in height using a simple motorized system
images courtesy of polylester, ossip van duivenbode




suggestive of playful construction games, polylester’s ‘the moveables’ invites event hosts and visitors to creatively assemble the space. a range of architectural elements, all placed upon simple wheels, are easily arrangeable to serve any need or function. bright yellow paint accentuates each ‘moveable’, and references a ray of light being cast onto the volume.

polylester fort vijfhuizen UNESCO amsterdam
geometrical, clear shapes and volumes contrast with the historical location

‘the movables’

polylester fort vijfhuizen UNESCO amsterdam
yellow was selected for its suggestion of sunlight

polylester fort vijfhuizen UNESCO amsterdam
bright yellow defines and highlights movables

each movable unit combines an array of functions

polylester fort vijfhuizen UNESCO amsterdam
dividing element

more than a welcoming desk, reception also provides an impromptu workplace for two people

polylester fort vijfhuizen UNESCO amsterdam
all objects can be rolled outside to attract potential visitors passing by

possible configurations

more potential arrangements



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

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