The unsuspecting visitor won’t believe his eyes. But that seems to be the whole point of the Glass Farm by Dutch architect firm MVRDV. This remarkable building in the village of Schijndel (map), officially opened in January, combines form with function and does so in a hallucinatory way.
In 1980 architect Winy Maas, who grew up in Schijndel, wrote a letter to mayor Gerard Scholten. He suggested to do something with the village’s market place, which he thought was oversized. Nothing much happened in the years thereafter, until in 2000 the city council decided to start looking into plans for a new structure between the church, town hall and main street.
The Glass Farm is MDRDV’s seventh proposal for the site. It took many years of heated debates, both in the city council, among villagers and in the local press, to come up with a plan that all parties agreed on. In the nearby Museum Jan Heesterhuis an exhibition entitled Waar?!, which runs until 5 May 2013, tells the story of the creation of the Glass Farm in detail (you can read a review here). If you want to know more about the project, head to the MVRDV website.