Adaptive Re-Modulation: Marcel Breuer’s U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands
The project aims to revitalize the decommissioned embassy and reimagine its architectural narrative by re-modulating Breuer’s existing modules, transforming the embassy for the current plans of its development as a hotel, a museum of the Dutch artist M.C Escher, and an open art center for the general public. Specific works of Escher’s are referred to guide the design that reveals the shared modern art beneath Breuer and Escher’s works, responds and activates its urban environment, and reinforces the value of the embassy as historic building. A set of trapezoids are extracted from the structural facade and folded to create new structural components as well as new interior veneer and furniture. Transformation and re-scaling forms the new series of infill that defines the space and feelings of people to articulate the whole project.