BK City, chairs
TU Delft, faculteit Bouwkunde
A fire destroyed the building of the Engineering department at the Technical University Delft in 2008. The department’s famous collection of chairs has been homeless ever since. From Tuesday 5 October the historically significant collection has finally been given a place of honour again in the departments building on Julianalaan 134 in Delft. Kosmann.dejong have designed a new display for the collection that consists of some 300 chairs, including ones by Gerrit Rietveld, Marcel Wanders and Chris Kabel. The collection is presented on a large stand, allowing the chairs to be admired from different angles.
saved from the fire
The rescue of the famous collection of chairs from the fire, which completely destroyed the old Engineering faculty building on 13 May 2008, was at the time overseen by former Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ronald Plasterk. Following the disaster the extraordinary chairs did not find a new home in the new ‘BK City’ for a long time because lack of space and money. Invisible for the public, they remained in storage. The newly designed display has finally given them a new, worthy home.
study resource and permanent exhibition
The permanent exhibition is located in the foyer near the Engineering library and can be visited without charge throughout the year. The collection of chairs is a study resource for students and scientists at the Technical University Delft.
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Julianalaan 143, Delft
initiated by: Stichting Sofa
commissioner: TU Delft, Engineering department
concept and design: Kossmann.dejong
curator: Institute of History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism – Engineering department
technical planning and realisation: TU Delft Engineering department – Facility Management and Estates
realisation stand: Schäfer
realisation mobile stairs: Altrex
concept touch screens: Kiss the frog in collaboration with Kossmann.dejong
design and production touch screens: Kiss the frog