During the summer break the Ceramics department and workshop moved from their old site to the ground floor of the Benthem Crouwel building. A space that once was home to the library and Public Rietveld, is now full of clay, rooms are full of ovens and there’s even a freshly tiled space where glazes can be mixed accurately and safely.
An official opening will follow, but of course you’re welcome to come and take a look already.
Here’s a sneak preview:
Although not a single pole has gone into the ground for the new building, construction works have started. Before summer the library moved to the TNT-building on the opposite side of the Fred. Roeskestraat and Public Rietveld has settled into the Portakabin. This made it possible to get the ground floor of the Benthem Crouwel building ready for the ceramics department, which you can read about above.
But there have also been more changes: not only the library is housed in the TNT-building; the VAV-department has moved there too. This was necessary so that the first floor of the Benthem Crouwel building could be prepared for the staff to move in. This move will take place in early spring, 2015.
DOG-time moved into the TNT-building earlier as an alternative to the Kauwgomballenfabriek. Because the master programs are expanding and are significantly larger than last year, space has been made available at the Vetterstraat building for a number of the programs.
Students and staff of both Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Institute received an e-mail before summer, inviting them to submit their questions about the new building and renovations. We received a lot of responses. One of many questions, for example, was about where the area for waste disposal and sorting will be.
The answer: There will be a waste area between the Rietveld building and the Benthem Crouwel building. Here, it will be clearly marked where you can dispose of what waste and you can also pick up waste for reuse.
A lot of other interesting questions have been submitted too (including: Will there be more electrical sockets in the new building?; What about the sustainability of the new building?) and they have resulted in equally interesting answers.
Curious? Click here to check out the entire Q&A.
Don't see your question? Start of 2015 Jet Langman will send out a second invitation to send in your questions. If you have an urgent question that can’t wait, please e-mail huisvesting.
Some of the questions Jet Langman received centred around a desire for more insight into the process. To answer that, we made a timeline that shows where we currently are in the process and which provides an overview of the entire thing. The specific order of possible internal relocations will be decided on phase by phase, so we can't go into further detail at the moment. Note: The timeline below is accurate if there are no delays in the process.
In preparation for the final decision making planned for early 2015, the design for the new building will again be presented. A presentation will be prepared with a number of billboards around the academy grounds, using model photos to give a clear idea of the proposed situation.
The Supervisory Board (RvT in Dutch) will have the final say over the project, but the advice of the Representative Advisory Board (MR) will play an important role too. For both the RvT and MR a document will be collated with relevant information; such as the reasoning behind the process, a financial overview and the alternatives that have been considered. The questions and answers put forward by the organisation will play an important role in the decision making process. In the last two months of 2014 all the information will be provided to the MR and RvT and will be discussed.