studio frank havermans' homage latches onto namesake viaduct of george stephenson

studio frank havermans' homage latches onto namesake viaduct of george stephenson

this sharp ‘light beacon,’ KAPKAR / LB2-SV is studio frank havermans‘ latest constructive achievement for the municipality of leeuwarden, in the netherlands. it grasps parasitically onto the viaduct named after english engineer, george stephenson (1781 -1848). stephenson invented the first usable steam locomotive and the first, safe-to-use mining lamp. 

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all images by rené de wit, (unless otherwise stated)



the three elements that informed this design were: the mine lamp, the desire for a constructive challenge, and the space found between the deck of the viaduct and the road, below. from these findings, came a new beacon of light. ‘to make the location more challenging,’ frank havermans says, I designed a new sheet pile branch. this disk disconnects from the viaduct but is connected to it. the light beacon clamps itself on top of this disk, a bird on a shoulder, and leans four meters lower against it. this is the center of gravity in the construction.’

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image by studio frank havermans



project info:


design: studio frank havermans
manufacturing: helldörfer arnhem, frank havermans, koos schaart
client: municipality of leeuwarden
photography: rené de wit
collage: studio frank havermans

  • Makes me think of the house in the clouds from the movie ‘Oblivion’.

    Ruben de Zwart says:

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