MOK, International Center for Storytelling Texel
Texel has a beautiful variation of (cultural) landscapes. The dunes, sea, mudflats, grassland, historical villages and schapenboeten (a sort of sheep sheds which are characteristic for Texel): a multidimensional whole all intertwined on the island. The extensiveness of Texel ensures a sense of freedom and the space to experience this. By day, de variation of nature with beautiful views and sightlines. At night, the darkness swallows everything that is seen after which only sound and sense matter. The sound of the animals still awake, the sound of the sea, the rustle of the leaves… Texel is all-round, gives peace and inspires.
Wind and water are the elements which gave the landscape and architecture of Texel their form. The emergence of clay loam ensured a dry spot in the by sea surrounded landscape. De characteristic shape of the schapenboeten made sure that the building could still be entered in heavy storms. Wind, water, height and orientation are guiding in this task. Enriched with sight, comfort and fitting material use, an extraordinary form of architecture arises: modest in the existing landscape, dynamic in experience.
MOK – international center for storytelling texel
MOK – International Center for Storytelling Texel (working title: MOK) organizes exhibitions, workshops, lectures and (guest) residences by leading story makers in film, photography, documentary, journalism and literature. MOK is going to be led by two cultural entrepreneurs: writer, film maker and former Texelaar (inhabitant of Texel) Arnold van Bruggen, and photographer and teacher Anoek Steketee. With their extensive network and experience they want to connect makers, students, and other enthusiasts of the Netherlands and the world and give them an opportunity to reflect on their existing and new work within these surroundings of peace, focus and collected knowledge. Something like MOK doesn’t exist yet in the Netherlands. Therefore, we have the ambition to not only add something unique and innovative to Texel, but also to the Dutch cultural landscape.
The former farming business situated at the Mokweg, which contains a chaotic collection of buildings, will be cleared. De house will be modernized, the characteristic shade and barn will be restored and four guest residences for the (international) lecturers and guests will be added. The artist-in-residence will be situated at the back of the plot and will be, just like the other new buildings, placed within the landscape with great care.
In the so-called yard-cluster (buildings A, B, C), a summer residence is removed to make room for a new guest residence (building D) which connects in style and proportion to the neighbouring buildings. The small gutter height at one side of the building establishes a connection with the yard-side, while the higher facade a termination defines towards the meadow.
At a 185 meters distance of the Mokweg, a forest is situated. In this forest an artist in residence (E), a bigger guest residence (F) and an agricultural barn (G) will be realized. De buildings will be situated in the landscape with great care and therefore, will hardly be visible.
charateristic texel barn
The beautiful, archetypical shape of the monumental stolp (a charateristic type of barn) is greatly experienced from the inside. De visibility of the characteristic roof construction, de outlines and the typical elements like the windows and the water well will be respected in the redesign and, where possible, enhanced. A tambour and sanitary space will be added within the existing structure of the building. All of the interventions will stay hidden behind the preserved wooden doors. The characteristic construction of the shade is highlighted by the abstention of the interventions. The cross-beams will be cleared and enhanced with lighting and will define a primary user space within the larger open space. At the edge of the central construction, a water well is located. A glass pulpit will be placed on top of this when lectures are being held.
Writer in residence
Hidden in de forest an artist in residence will be build. The building appeals to one’s imagination and should be a comfortable, compact working space from which Texel can be experienced. Sight, orientation, sun, the elements, sound and moment during the day are guiding in the design.