Day 145/365 of Steel – Frank Havermans

Frank Havermans is a Dutch visual artist. His studio specializes in architectural art, design, and urban space. Frank havermans is an artist and designer who develops and makes strategic site specific interventions that can be considered as proposals for urban change.

KAPKAR/LB2-SV (Appelscha)

image courtesy of studio frank havermans

The international architecture website Dezeen focused extensively on this platform for the passer-by on the border of Friesland and Drenthe. The platform is actually an inverted embankment box, which was used to dig ditches in the area for drainage purposes. Steel is not the only material he works with, but it is indeed extremely suitable for outdoor work. ‘What fascinates me about steel is that you can make the structural forces visible. In addition, you can detail the slenderness in relation to the strength, so that the line becomes important in the design’. (text: Bouwen met Staal 279)

KAPKAR/A7-29 X FT (Drachten)

KAPKAR / A7-29 X FT (South Gate)
Fig 3: KAPKAR / A7-29 X FT (South Gate)
Photo: 112Drachten

For the technical realisation of KAPKAR / A7-29 X FT (South Gate), Havermans looked at techniques from traditional shipbuilding. It is not without reason that the work of art refers to a portal crane of a shipyard. The Frisian people have a historical connection with water and shipbuilding, and the Drachten shipyard was at the basis of the region’s industry. In realising the design, Havermans worked with local businesses as much as possible.

KAPKAR / A7-29 X FT (South Gate)
Fig 4: KAPKAR / A7-29 X FT (South Gate)
Photo: 112Drachten

Studio Frank Havermans has created many other interventions that break the boundaries between architecture and art. I’m a big fan, and I’m looking forward to his future plans.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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