FollyDOCK EXPO / Rotterdam

SMAQ’s folly BAD(bath) – water folly on the dock was selected from an international competition with some other twenty designs for building in Heijplaat, Rotterdam. During the FollyDOCK Expo it is open for public viewing. FollyDOCK Expo is part of Rotterdam 2007 City of Architecture.

FollyDOCK is an international competition for artists, designers and architects. The task was to design an original folly – a whimsical or functionless structure – to be built in the Rotterdam dockland area of Heijplaat. Some twenty projects were selected from 398 entries for building.

BAD(bath) is made from a garden hose – about one kilometer long – that holds enough water to fill a bathtub, plugged into a hydrant, unrolled and weaved to a sun-catching surface. The sunrays heat the water in the hose that then fills a bowl for up to two persons to take a bath. Afterwards the water is released to irrigate the surroundings.

The Heijplaat district is sited in the middle of the Rotterdam docks, surrounded by the RDM shipyard, warehouses, harbours and stacks of shipping containers. The follies are distributed to sites on the peninsula where Heijplaat is located.


The FollyDOCK Expo includes follies by Alexander Filimonov, Olga Filimonova (RU); Raumunion (DE); Studio 505 (AU); Hanshan Roebers (NL); Frantzen et al architecten (NL); Aeneas Wilder (GB, Schotland); Luc de Backer (BE); SMAQ (DE/NL) and others.

Opening: May 26, 2007, 15:00
Exhibition: May 26 – September 09, 2007
follyDOCK terrain, Courzandseweg, Heijplaat, Rotterdam
Hosted by the St. Kunsteiland, Rotterdam, Netherlands


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