Tell us about yourself!
My name is Han de Kluijver (Sliedrecht, Holland, 1950). After graduating from the art academy in the 1970s, I started studying urban design and architecture. In 1983 I started my own desk HDK architects bna bni bnsp. I feel more architect than artist, but in reality, the two disciplines reinforce each other. My work as a visual artist serves as a catalyst and as a source of inspiration for my architecture.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
For me, it was especially important in the first instance to do form studies, which I could extrapolate in architecture. The basis, namely the design process, is the same in both architecture and glass casting. After countless sketches, an image is formed that can be captured in a model. Just like in architecture, all kinds of changes and improvements to the design are possible during the manufacturing of that model. In architecture, glass is used to let light into a building, to reflect the surroundings of a building, to create the illusion of space and to visually connect spaces. My glass works are architectural works.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
With my glass objects, I want to show that the boundary between architecture and sculpture is less strict than is often assumed. As an architect, you create space with the help of glass walls and facades. The glass objects only create space in a figurative sense. They are a metaphor of the literal space experience in which architecture provides. I want to develop this further.
What is your dream project?
The opportunity to continue experimenting with the countless possibilities of this versatile material. To me, glass is a metaphor for life: fragile, not always transparent, sometimes colored and often enchanting.
If you were not working in this field, what career would you choose?
Design requires a specific attitude and a certain obsession. Once you have mastered that attitude, you can design objects as well as buildings or even a part of a city. Trips to other disciplines can stimulate creativity and innovation, challenge you to work with new materials, and strengthen technical knowledge.
Why are you a member of GAS?
Together we can draw more attention to glass as craftsmanship and glass as an art form.
To learn more about Han, or to see more of his work, visit his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE