Cubic Gate l'Arche
Cubes are a symbol of rigidity in the orthogonal system of architecture. Tumbling cubes of glass may serve as the breathing lungs of a building. In its early history, Amsterdam was only accesible by gates. Unfortunately, many of these gates have dissapeared. Some remain and still adorn the entrance to the city. The cubic gate in De Aker is a gift from four commissioners who wanted to symbolically give a historical reference back to the city! Each cube is 3x3x3 metres, and the whole structure is 20 metres high. The gate combines elegance, transparency, mass and spatiality. From an artistic viewpoint slender dimensions are best in order to achieve an apparently tenuous balance. This turns the sculpture into a technical tour de force.