WORM entrance (2011) Atelier Van Lieshout
De WORM entrance has been a collaboration project of Atelier van Lieshout with 2012 Architects. Van Lieshout's designs often consist of a combination of architecture, design and sculpture. His functional way of designing is also reflected in the WORM entrance. What is special about this project is that it has been completely realized from recycled materials, including from the old WORM building and the Tropicana swimming pool. The facade, which stands loose on the sidewalk, is a municipal monument. Because in the original situation too few people would fit through the door during busy concerts, part of the facade was cut out and pushed forward. A new entrance has been created behind this. The design fits well into its environment and can be seen as an example of creative use of space and 'superuse'. The latter is due to the collaboration with 2012 Architects, which designed the main shape of the building. Because a part of the original façade is placed forward on the sidewalk, the new design of rusted steel is only really visible when you stand between the old and new façade. This intervention seems to be a good solution for preserving cultural heritage and at the same time making experiment and innovation possible. The project shows well what WORM stands for as "Institute for avant-garde recreation."
Joep van Lieshout (Ravenstein, 1963) is an internationally renowned sculptor and designer based in Rotterdam. With his collective Atelier van Lieshout, founded in 1995, he has made high-profile designs. Van Lieshout often explores ethical boundaries with his work, as can be seen through the long-term 'Slave City' project. Van Lieshout has been awarded various prizes, including the Charlotte Köhler prize (1991), Prix de Rome (1992), Chabot Prize (1997) and the Wilhelminaring (2000).