The Illuminated Room

Limospark, Nijmegen 2007

A construction of a building with only its frame remaining has been placed in Nijmegen’s Limos Park. At dusk, when the streetlights are switched on, a floating interior lights up. The construction is a remnant of the Officers’ Hotel that used to be located here, on what was a gated military base before the area was turned into a residential district. A corner of the hotel building was spared from being demolished. Its walls and floors were cut open and when the night falls a table and a chair appear and stick out on all sides from the interior. Inside and outside blend in this construction, which is open and closed, vacant and inhabited at the same time. It is a symbol for the disclosure of the terrain, and a reflection on ideas about private and public space.

Realised in collaboration Bart-Jan Hooft

Dim. 6,5 x 7 x 8,5 m
Bricks, concrete, steel and LEDs


Client: De gemeente Leeuwarden

Production: De Mannen van staal, Yens en Yens, Bastiaan Gribling, Klaas Andriega

Constructor: Bussel Engineering

3D visualisation en animation: Bram Verhavert

Renovation Allee: aannemersbedrijf Doornbos bv, Meesterschilders Friesland B.V, Buitink schilders, Architectenbureau Walon

Art advisor: Ankie Boomstra

Photography: Ilya Rabinovich, Evamarije Smit