“Tunnel Vision” a contemporary hermitage

In contemporary times we no longer have the luxury to interpret a hermitage as a romantic outpost borrowing views of the wild.   Simply because the existence of the wild is already debatable in The Netherlands. Instead we embrace our undeniable urban conditions as ground zero and attempt to find escapes within.   Finesse Architecture in collaboration with artists Marianne Lammersen prefer to offer this perspective view in their Hermitage Installation “Tunnel Vision”.

The Duo offers the idea that within the urban landscape and its inherent visual language we can still find inspirations and clues to trigger our day dreaming and escapes.   We can simply re-interpret   the urban landscapes around us to reach our inner self instead of running away from it.

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Work in Progress 06-06-2016: ‘Tunnel Vision’

Work in progress on a new Hermitage:  a Contemporary Hermit Hut for Stichting-Kunsteiland in Rotterdam.

Works from “Beyond the Pale”


An exhibition by Finesse Architecture and Marianne Lammersen 

Society functions or it doesn’t when people follow rules or break them.

A name serves to define a thing and make it familiar, bring it into the scope of our expectations and domesticate it. So we name dogs.

Numbers allow us to measure and place objects in scale. With numbers, we can count. And we can gauge difference.


In our times of great change and growth, when the world seems to be spinning faster than ever and cities, populations, ideas burgeon at a dizzying pace, people look to the familiar and the certain to reassure them and keep them safe. They establish communities of the like-minded, post their intimate lives on social networks (making confidantes out of strangers) and look to technology and structure to pull sense out of chaos.

Marianne Lammersen and Jack Chen seek to codify some of these phenomena in their work – the phenomena of boundary-making, definition, restriction and networking – in order to better understand the role these play in the creation of the modern dysfunctional psyche. In their language of form’’ both artists embed their particular systems and logic that carry through from concept to the realization of the work for the spectator to unearth. The discovery process is designed towards an inevitable moment of rupture, when expectations or desires fail and new directions or possibilities stand revealed: surprising, unexpected possibilities that allow the viewer to escape from the conventional, asking new questions and posing new responses. Continue Reading →

“Beyond the Pale”

For ‘Beyond the pale’, architect Jack Chen (Finesse Architecture) and artist Marianne Lammersen produced sculptural works in tandem that interrogate our human tendency to follow paths and conventions towards ‘successful’ conclusions. They question whether these grids, networks and norms – our own inventions – always lead to human progress, and ask the viewer to wander away from predictable paths, perhaps to stumble upon wonders they never suspected, and be surprised by what lies outside the grid… beyond the pale.

Finesse has moved to MAAK Haarlem!

Finesse Architecture has moved  into MAAK in Haarlem.  MAAK has initiated grounds for a cross pollination between the creative sector and high tech production techniques.  The innovation cluster for Haarlem sits in an inspiring ancient setting, a former 30-year municipal yard, giving a second life to one of the first buildings in the Waarderpolder. Continue Reading →

Kustvlaai 2014: Amstel Park:

For Kunstvlaai 2014 (‘From Safety to Where? I Love the Feeling of Being Slightly Lost’) Finesse Architecture in collaboration with Dennis Schuivens created a spatial intervention that offers the users a playful and ephemeral experience through physical participation. Continue Reading →

Mediamatic: Bubble Escapement

In 2014 Mediamatic organised ‘Ten Weeks and One Summer of Lightness’. From April 29th until July 13th different artists were invited to investigate lightness as experience, as image and as idea. As part of the ‘Soap Bubble Laboratory’ by Nienke Sybrandy, we participated by exploring tactics that offer participants a chance to experience a simple soap bubble spatially. We created a scenario in which participants engaged in anticipation of an act of destruction or creation of a surreal spatial moment.

Mediamatic Lightness Week SoapBubbles

Sonia’s Room

The challenge of this project was designing a space that accommodates the needs and desires of an evolving eleven year old girl in the present who will eventually leave home for college. The space needs to take into account the ever changing phases of a child moving into adulthood, as well as what it should become in the final transformation, which is a Japanese inspires meditation room for the mother. Continue Reading →

Feb. 18, 2014 Guest Critic: Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Guest Critic at GRA: Architecture Department: Focus on haptic architecture and Alzheimer environments.

“Refracted Punt”

This was an experimental installation made for the art space initiative De Punt, in Amsterdam, to create an effective low cost solution for dealing with their window display needs. There was a need for some kind of system that would allow diffused light into the space, and some framed views for the passerby when there was an exhibition inside. We created a filtered screen from good old fashion bubble wrap and injected fluorescent pink cleaning solution into specific air pockets (determined by the design). The bubble wrap serves as a low tech and low cost material that provides both a decent visual/solar diffuser that is large enough to cover the full height of the storefront glazing. The air pockets that are inherent to the wrap’s structure can be interpreted as a pixelated canvas for the artist in resident to fill in their own designs. Throughout the day, light falling through the screen create different effects. Dependent of your perspective angle, both natural light and the surrounding background is refracted into every single bubble. Giving a mitotic notion of how the collective whole is made out of constituent parts that each hold the same image.

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Making the Temporary Last at Gogbot Festival 2012 from Jack on Vimeo.

Gogbot Festival 2012

Participating at the annual Gogbot Festival in Enschede.


Raise awareness by donating your Facebook Timeline. By taking this action, you will experience how it feels to lose your memories, just for one day, on World Alzheimer’s Day – 21 September.

Visit www.alzheimerday2012.org (requires Firefox or Chrome as your web browser) to find out more, and share your action on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


New Direction in Alzheimer’s Research

In the laboratory of Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Greengard, a team of researchers is looking into a new direction in research into the nature of Alzheimer’s disease. Preserving Your Memory talked to Jean-Pierre Roussarie, Ph.D., postdoctoral associate at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research Laboratory, about the work they’re doing now.

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World Alzheimer’s Day: September 21: BE A PART OF THE CURE!

World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.

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September 6, 2013:TU-Delft DFI Kick-off

Guest Lecture by Jack S.C.Chen (Finesse Architecture) at the Industrial Design Department of Delft University of Technology: Design for Interaction (DfI) Program. “Making the Temporary Last”….Designing for Alzheimers patients.

Community Winter Gardens


How can we strengthen a local sense of belonging in our local high streets? An inspiring case study depicted from the book Compendium for a Civic Econony tells about a neighborhood in central London with a diverse population of both low-income groups and high earners. A recession-hit budget chain grocers was replaced by The People’s Supermarket, a grocery owned and managed by members but open to all, and committed to selling good quality, locally sourced products at an affordable price.  The venture created a diverse social return on investments-upskilling local people, benefiting their household budgets, retaining profits within the area and providing a space where low-income and other residents can mix enjoy an active stake and daily interaction.  This key understanding of value in a much broader term than just monetary can allow us to think more creatively navigating on the local level. Fomulating the research question:

How can Retail give back to the community?

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Kiers Bubble House

Interior renovation and spatial re-organization to accomodate the needs of a growing family.  The challenge for this particular project lies in maximizing every square centimeter of the  space functionally without sacrificing the opportunity to experience the original volume of the space.    In a nutshell. dividing up the large open space to fullfill the program requirements without loosing its initial spatial qualities.

Alzheimer’s Manifesto


People suffering from Alzheimer’s experience the limitations of their disease everyday. Instead of focussing on their limitations, acknowledge what they can still experience and create space improves their quality of life. Be constructive in tone.


Create an environment that stimulates human interaction, a place where generations can meet. It contributes to a sense of belonging to society and has a positive effect on wellbeing.

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From pampering to well-being: our search for bathing rituals


“ If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

-Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey, 1957

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Three Generation Housing: ‘Home For Life’

The current world average of human’s life expectancy at birth is estimated in 2010 to be (67.2).  This number can be regarded as high or low depending on which country’s perspective we are viewing.  There are great variations in life expectancy between different parts of the world, mostly caused by differences in public health, war, medical care and diet.  The map below indicates the various expectancy rates accrossed the world.  In Europe and North America, citizens tend to live well beyond 75 to over 80 years.  Their lifespan can well experience three to four generations of family history.  Many elderly whom lived in one place for more than three decades are faced with decisions to uproot their family homes to live closer to families that can better take care of them.  More often they make a transition into special housing for the elderly.  This uprooting from their neighborhood has a negative impact on both the citizens of the neighborhood staying and leaving.  In evaluating the common life cycle of a human as they evolve from children, to  adults, to couples, to nuclear family, to extended family, to elderly, the goal of this investigation is to identify all the needs of each stage (user group): and to formulate a strategy to cope with these evolving needs thus circumventing the necessity to uproot and move of of the neighborhood. Continue Reading →