Cockpit, by ONL
Cockpit Building, Utrecht (Copyright ONL)
The Cockpit Building by the Dutch architect Kas Oosterhuis/ONL along the A2 highway across the city of Utrecht is a hybrid between a car showroom and a sound barrier. The Hessing showroom for luxury cars has been designed as a thickened part of a long sound barrier that was also designed by ONL.
According to the architect the design of the building is inspired by the image of the cockpit. It reminds us now maybe more to the high-tech architecture of Norman Foster, but Foster himself was on his turn inspired by Buckminster Fuller and himself designed once a cockpit house.
Another explicit reference in more work of ONL is the headlamp of the Peugeot cars. To Kas Oosterhuis this 3-d headlamp represents best our current technical possibilities. He himself drives a Peugeot 307.
In the Netherlands the building has gained mystique because at its opening the traffic jams significantly increased for a week. Everybody slowed down to gaze at the Lamborghini’s and Bentley’s behind the glass facade.
Cockpit of an F22
Peugeot 307 (Copyright Peugeot)