Donald Judd, by Claus & Kaan

In the city of the Hague in the Netherlands the Dutch architectural firm Claus & Kaan designed the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). The buildings’ laboratories are positioned on the perimeter of the building, the offices on the inner courtyards.

The steel bands of the exterior is the solar shading. The esthetics has Miesian undertones. The architects themselves point at the work of the artist Donald Judd. When I asked Felix Claus two weeks ago about their use of iconography, he responded: Well, we were designing an object, and therefore you naturally look at art.

Claus & Kaan - National Forensic Institute 1 (Photograph: Michiel van Raaij)

Claus & Kaan - National Forensic Institute 2 (Photograph: Michiel van Raaij)

Claus & Kaan - National Forensic Institute 3 (Photograph: Michiel van Raaij)

Donald Judd - Ten Units Stainless Steel Amber Plexi 1973 (Photograph: Georgetown)

Donald Judd - Stack Without Title 1969 (Photograph: Wikipedia)


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