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Black-Mantis Steel Monster Vehicle Uses Cold War Hangar As Creative Burrow

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“When the doors of aircraft shelter 610 on the Soesterberg air base open, there’s no way to prepare for the “giant arthropod”, ”steel monster”, “monstrous black behemoth” that rolls out. Practically, it’s a kind of office on wheels- a mobile research space – that takes participants to new places, physically and mentally, as the structure rolls down the long runway at the former NATO base outside Utrecht (the Netherlands).” via/ Kirsten Dirksen

source/image: Kirsten Dirksen

In 2013 brothers Ronald and Erik Rietveld – an architect and philosopher by training -, who operate “at the crossroads of architecture, art and philosophy”, were given the keys to a vacant aircraft shelter. Along with Studio Frank Havermans, they spent the next year and a half creating a structure that would cause visitors to rethink the history of the Cold War air base. read more (Kirsten Dirksen)

Secret Operation 610 is massive, 4.5-meter-tall (15 feet) beast. Towering above the metal “legs” is a diamond-shaped capsule that serves as an ambulatory think tank for scientists and artists looking to escape conventional boundaries.

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The space can be customized – a meeting table drops from the ceiling, chairs can be folded out of the floor and walls – and moves along a three-kilometer-long landing strip to assure that views/concepts/reality aren’t taken for granted.

VIAKirsten Dirksen
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