Gilded opening piece
The literal and figurative opening piece of Vorm aan de Vecht is the golden FritsJurgens pivot door. It seems to thwart the intentions of Van der Laan and De Jong, according to curator and journalist Jeroen Junte. “Their joint design of the priory turns its back on the earthly temptations and pompous abundance of a golden door. Unless this door is a last reminder before entering the consecrated architecture of this former nunnery.” Immediately behind the door is a massive bronze waste bin by Studio Job, where you can imaginarily leave all earthly things before entering the domain of the clergy.
From another perspective, the gilded door fits the ideas of the Bossche School perfectly, thinks Junte. “The proportions are harmonious and are consistent with the characteristic dimensions of the priory. It is almost as if the architects have assisted in the drawing of this modern door. More minimal is hardly possible: there are no door handles or frames, and the hinge has been invisibly integrated in the door. Opening the door creates an elegant choreography, the smooth movement of the door confirming and breaking the rigid composition of the stone architecture at the same time.”