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Moses Bridge, Halsteren, The Netherlands
Date built: 2011
photo : Algemeen Engels
Moses Bridge – 25 Jan 2012
The West Brabant Water Line is a defence-line consisting of a series of fortresses and cities with inundation areas in the south-west of the Netherlands. It dates from the 17th century but fell into disrepair in the 19th century. When the water line was finally restored, an access bridge across the the moat of one of the fortresses, Fort de Roovere, was needed.
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RO&AD architecten Practice Information
RO&AD are based in Belgium + The Netherlands
Design practice founded by Ro Koster and Ad Kil.
Ro Koster is based in Alt Hoeselt, België
RO&AD : Belgian Architects
Ad Kil is based in Bergen op Zoom, Nederland
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Ro has always had something with the concept of evolution. His mind and body started to evolve since he was born premature, this continued until today and will continue in the future. After an education as carpenter and later as draughtsman, he visited art school in Utrecht. After graduating, he started his own architectural practice in Utrecht. At this time he met Ad who, at that moment, had his own practice in Zeist. A collaboration at that time was not very successful, due to clashing egos. He also worked as a carpenter for several years to seek inner rest, and this resulted in moving to the small village of Alt Hoeselt in Belgium to have more space to think, move and feel.
Ad’s road was another one. His cleverness developed itself quickly and sent him directly to university in Delft. After a brief period of studying tool construction (which was much too precise for him), he found in architecture what he was looking for. In the first years he was fascinated in what computers could contribute to the design process. A real answer to that question was never found, and he spent the next few years searching. Ad had become milder without losing his sharpness. At that moment, in 2002 Ro and Ad came across each other again.
This time it worked. The magic that was first abundant now revealed itself. A year later they discovered that they did all their projects together and actually formed a company or studio. This was formalized in 2005 in what is now RO&AD architecten.
The works of RO&AD are very broad; interiors, restorations, offices, housing or restaurants. All projects are build around strong concepts and ideas. But eventually they want to work on a more sustainable world. The first seeds of this process are sown by making a theory about the evolution of city planning. A theory where a building is just a start of new discoveries. Now only a chance to implant…..
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