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Piet Blom. Temporary mensa (canteen or student restaurant), 1962-65, and mensa ‘De Bastille’, 1966-69. Campus Twente University, Drienerlo.
The first mensa was housed in a converted farmhouse. Two barns were connected to each other, using the existing timber construction. The new mensa was named "the Bastille", referring to the famous Paris prison. Piet Blom's design owes this name to the massive stone facades and the small turrets. Blom deliberately designed the mensa as a fortress, as a protest against the location. Blom was an advocate of mixing functions, and wanted the building to be part of the socio-economic structure of the city center. Because the mensa had to be built on the open and remote campus, Blom designed the mensa as a small city, shielded from the outside world.
Spaces for Learning, the Neuhaus history lab, explores 150 years of experimentation and innovation in the design of spaces where knowledge is communicated, such as schools and universities, museums and libraries. Read and see more on the website via linkin.bio. In the next few weeks, we'll share some of the designs on show in the exhibition, plus others that are related to the theme.
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