Boulder, by EEA

Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects - Mezz Poppodium, Breda (Photographer: Christian Richters)

In the city of Breda in the south of the Netherlands Erick van Egeraat (EEA) has realised the poppodium Mezz. A blob that uses the iconography of the boulder, more implicitely than explicitely. The abstract iconography of rocks and trees come along quite some times in the oeuvre of Erick van Egeraat, as discussed earlier.

Curious is that William Alsop’s poppodium Muzinq in the city of Almere near Amsterdam looks quite similar. A big difference is between the buildings is their finish; Muzinq is clad with zinc and is detailed quite imprecise - Mezz is clad with copper and is detailed with great detail.

The Mezz is a representative of the low-tech early blob-buildings. The copperplates of the Mezz have been all formed on site by hand. The craftsmen have worked I think three months on the skin. But ‘when something costs money and energy, it is appreciated more’ Erick van Egeraat argues.

Curious is that the people of Breda do not agree with the iconography of the boulder, but instead have called the building ‘the peanut’. An iconography is never singular, that much is true.

Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects - Mezz Poppodium, Breda 2 (Photographer: Christian Richters)

And some images of the inside of this boulder.

Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects - Mezz Poppodium, Breda 3 (Photographer: Christian Richters)

Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects - Mezz Poppodium, Breda 4 (Photographer: Christian Richters)


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