HESTER BAARS I describe myself as a designer for social public spaces. I have a way of working where I do much research first. I find it very important that the building/space is designed especially for its location. In my opinion, integrating the design into the spot is most important. I also work a lot with symbolism. In my opinion, symbolism is a powerful way to convey a certain sphere.
When I was young, I visited building markets which inspired me to start design. Everywhere I look, I start
to research the designs and inventions behind it. I am curious for the new possibilities that designers can offer the world, and I want to be one of them.
2015 graduate pre-university education (VWO)
design technical drawing visual arts 3d drawing architecture and art history culture studies lasercutting
2016 Spatial Design HKU
QUALIFICATIONS illustrator lll photoshop ll sketchup llll indesign lll autocad l
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TAKE A SEAT
Lepelenburg parc project
INTIMITE TIMEMACHINE Amersfoort trainstation project
SIDES OF A STUDENT
TAKE ME TO CHURCH
Ina Boudier-bakkerlaan project
Utrecht Oost project
TA K E A S E AT
“ WHAT IS REALLY NEEDED, IS NOT ANOTHER PRIVATE PLACE WHERE A COMPANY MAKES PROFIT. IT IS A PUBLIC PLACE, ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE. “
Lepelenburg is a public parc for the local residents of Utrecht. The charm of this parc is the openness, where everyone enjoyes each others company. During the summer Lepelenburg is crowded with people who love to easy eat (simple, prepared food with plastic cutlery etc.) When we got the assignment to design a (private) catering pavilion for this location, I first started to investigate the location and conclude what the essence is of this place. I started to adjust the assignment, because I thought it wouldnâ€™t get the outcome it needed. It needed a public place, accessible for everyone, enjoying the parc. The endresult is a open kitchen pavilion, which provides the parc visitors to prepare their food on the location. This kitchen will create a sense of belonging, where people meet each other in the kitchen and around it. At night, this pavilion will close to prevent damaging the pavilion. This will create the second function; the pavilion will form a lantarn, for the visitors who want to stay a little longer.
When i am studying forms for my project, I mostly study forms that can strenghten the image of its purpose. In this case, I wanted to create forms that have variety in open and closed look. My pavilion has to look like an open space, but at the same time it has to look like a seperate space in the park. this project is also a good example for the way I work during a project. First I investigate what is really needed at the location, then I start creating a purpose for my design and I constantly design and draw with the symbolics behind it.
kitchen counter 1
sink kitchen counter 2
DAY FUNCTION - OPEN KITCHEN
NIGHT FUNCTION - LANTARN
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the final form of the pavilion has a simple construction, with the estaetic elements based on functions within the pavilion. every part of the pavilion has a different look. It begins more closed and opens up as the bar has less functions to hide.
“ THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE MODERN AND OLD PART OF AMERSFOORT WAS MADE BY
DESIGNING A NEW STATION SQUARE FOR THE CITY. “
Intimite timemachine is a project for the trainstation of Amersfoort. This arrow construction is a symbol of the
connection between the traditional part of Amersfoort and the modern part. At the station square there was no attractive element for people to stay there. I often see a very important mistake made in modern architecture. The architects didnâ€™t pay attention to the proportions of the building relative to the people using it. They lose the initimacy a building must contain for creating an attractive environment for usage. I started investigating the traditional architecture in Amersfoort, to take some of the elements and turn it into a modern design to build in the modern part of town. the contrast between the traditional shapes and new materials made that connection the municipality wanted to achieve.
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SPOT PLAN STUDY
walking route from station to city - more clear for visitors - route more attractive to walk - keeps square busy
space for catering terraces is moved - better views from terrace - more lively atmosphere - more attractive for consumers
two innovations together - visitors walk past the terrace - visitors tend to stay longer - it becomes a place of stay
glas in lood patronen
MATERIALIZATION oud staal
In this research, materialization was also an important point for the experience of the final design. My idea was to use one material, which is considered a modern material and yet reminiscent of something that is.
In addition, there was another point that I wanted to take into account. When one gets closer to the design, more details appear, it is not the same as from afar. That means that in addition to the structure, patterns and construction, it must be done according to your own preferences. The construction can be given an aesthetic value by deliberately designing with it.
Corten steel is a unique metal alloy consisting of a combination of iron, copper, phosphorus, silicon, nickel and chromium. The combination of metals provides a dense oxidation layer, also called patina layer. This dense oxidation layer makes it extremely weather-resistant and will get a â€œrustâ€? layer, giving it a warm color and structure. The orange-brown color of Cortenstaal changes
SIDES OF A STUDENT
“ THE THIRD ELEMENT WAS NEEDED TO MAKE THE REPUTATION GREAT AGAIN. “
Sides of a student was a project I did for a student accomadation which had a bad reputation. The city saw this place was a filthy party place for students to live. I wanted to change that view, by adding one of the most important things for students; space for study. â€œpause, work, playâ€? was my starting point, the combination of those three elements would make the perfect study accomodation.
The pause element would take place above the ground. A parc where students can take a break and enjoy nature and friends. The play element was already there, namely the chaos partying in the housing. The last element, work, would take place half underground. This forms a study space with a library, without being bothered about the chaotic sphere around them.
In this project, it was really impo tant to study positioning of the stud areas. As the location is a very chao tic place, itâ€™s essential to find a balan ce between the chaos and the peac
The parc creates the most distract on during studying, so I was tryin to find a way to prevent the stu dents had to look out at the gras
maquette study maquettes are a for me a little taste of the atmosphere I want to create. In this maquette the alternation between nature and construction was the idea I wanted to convey. This maquette was still a form study where I still wanted to play with shapes and contrasts. I noticed that studying shapes during making maquettes could make such a big difference in the playfulness designs you end up with. at first, you have a concept in mind, but the key is you donâ€™t fix yourself in that first image you had in mind.
WELCOME TO CHURCH
“ A FLEXIBLE INTERIOR WHICH ATTRACT ALL TARGET GROUPS OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE. “
welcome to church was I project about the community centre in the church of Utrecht Oost. The community centre was working on making changes for the reputation of the church, to make it more approchable and attractive for different generations. They organised events for the whole neighbourhood, but only elderly people showed up. I started a collaboration with them, and started to brainstorm with the neighbourhood for new ideas. They needed a new look in the interior of the church, which would be modern and attractive for younger people to come to the community centre. â€œwelcome to churchâ€? ofcourse refers to the openness of the centre for the neighbourhood, but is also the name of a very popular song younger people listen to. I wanted that exact diversity in views towards the community centre. I designed a flexible space in the church hall, where they can adjust the space to the events taking place there. The design is a stairs on rails, that can move and form the walls in space. I was inspired by the luxaflex (the curtains that fall down and roll up again when not needed anymore). This design would change the old fashioned reputation to a new, refreshing view on the community centre organised by the church.
PHOTOGRAPHY, ART AND LASERCUTTING
Photography Photopgraphy is also a passion of mine. I am into photography which is still really abstract. I started a project of myself, to photograph things into a pattern. I first started making pictures of translucent slices of fruit on a lighting table. Then, I did some research on the mold of the fruits, and how you can see it up close under a microscope. The result is pictures that reminded me of the universe.
SLICES OF FRUIT ON LIGHTING TABLE
MOLDS OF FRUIT UNDER MICROSCOPE
Art Art is also still one of my hobbies. I really like the fact that you can express your thoughts/critics/self reflection into art pieces. This is one of my projects for my art class, where I made an artwork about my frights of heights. with a steel construction and hundreds of lasercut feathers. With special effects, like wind and music it gave the real feeling of a bird.
I D E A S K E TC H
This portfolio contains the projects that I have done during my study Spatial design at the HKU in Utrecht.