13 July 2015 // Yun Sudrajat //Amsterdam


After visiting the Dries van Noten exhibition last friday in Antwerp, I happened to stumble upon youth hostel ‘Pulcinella’ that was just around the corner. The minimalist design is not one you usually associate with hostels so you could imagine my surprise when I found out the building’s purpose. The concreted commorancy was designed by Belgian architect Vincent van Duysen, who recently said in an interview for Kinfolk Magazine: “Essentialism means undoing the clutter and getting to the core, paring back to the bone and achieving authenticity, simplicity and purity.” It is a thought that highly resonates with me at the moment as my mind feels very cluttered with the busyness of life; looking for a new apartment, an internship to start this September, interviewing for a new side-job, while the thought of summer vacation is nowhere near in sight as there are still deadlines and exams looming in July..I think that is why Van Duysen’s aesthetic appeals so greatly to me as the old saying goes: “A tidy house, a tidy mind” and I could sure use both.

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