For centuries, the Groninger landscape and its environment have been subject to the impact of human actions. From reclaiming land from the water, peat-bog digging and gas extraction, the landscape has been in constant state of evolution. Even though the impact of these actions are significant, little traces of it are noticeable. How to make visible this rich history of the landscape and the typical traditions in landscape ‘making’?  How to preserve a landscape that is in constant transition and is continuously overwriting itself through time.

This intervention features a series of defined, materialized rooms for recalling terrestrial phenomena of the area. In respect to overground silence and the typical vast landscape, a sequence of chambers has been located below the ground surface with several entrances between Ganzedijk and Hongerige Wolf. From past to present to future, each chamber represents a critical moment in the transition of the Groninger landscape. The autonomous spaces are integrated and linked together in several ways, creating a sequence of stages of the transformation of the Groninger area.

 The Oldambt landscape observatiorium creates a much needed positive impulse to this region, one that directly relates to its own landscape heritage.

Shortlist Prix de Rome 2018


Oldambt, Groningen


Katarzyna Nowak
Jens Jorritsma


Prix de Rome 2018