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RAAAF goes underground in Groningen to create unique 'world of pillars'

Dutch design studio RAAAF, Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances, is creating a subterranean space in Groningen beneath a demolished sugar factory. The project, called After Image, will be used for exhibitions, installations, movie screenings and performances.

Being undertaken on behalf of the municipal council, After Image will reveal an exciting underground world constructed on millions of pillars.

After the demolition of the sugar factory, only a desolate concrete area seemingly remained, but RAAAF discovered a colossal city of pillars underneath which lend themselves to public space.

“By revealing this world of pillars, the soul of the site will reappear four years after the demolition and the site will be historically readable,” say RAAAF. “By revealing the foundation of just one silo, an enormous concrete cathedral appears 40ft (12m) below ground level.”

Dutch design studio RAAAF, Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances, is creating a subterranean space in Groningen beneath a demolished sugar factory. The project, called After Image, will be used for exhibitions, installations, movie screenings and performances. Being undertaken on behalf of the municipal council, After Image will reveal an exciting underground world constructed on millions of pillars. After the demolition of the sugar factory, only a desolate concrete area seemingly remained, but RAAAF
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RAAAF was excited to discover a lost city beneath the abandoned site
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