In SMLXL, together with the directions to guide you through the building: “Walk down, turn the corner”, an excerpt of the theatre play “En attendant Godot” by Beckett is projected on the pages showing the Kunsthal. The instructions are like scenic directions that go with the dialogue of the play. According to Rem Koolhaas in the lecture he gave at the AA in 1995, on the occasion of the publication of SMLXL in 1995, it was to test the sequence of spaces. So, which space comes first? Which space second? Do we start with the entrance or hide it and reveal it later? When shall we introduce the garden? In short, he explains the narrative of the building. The building not as an object, but as a stage where life – “the blathering” says Estragon in “En attendant” – is happening.
“We try to have almost cinematic sequences. Our buildings are not designed as objects.” From: https://www.archdaily.com/805160/watch-rem-koolhaas-present-s-m-l-xl-at-the-aa-in-1995, 23 september 2002
https://www.kunsthal.nl/en/about-kunsthal/building/ 23 september 2020
Logo’s voor de Kunsthal Rotterdam, Wim van Sinderen naar een idee van Wim van Krimpen, Kunsthal Rotterdam, 1992
S,M,L,XL, OMA, Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau, 010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 1995
Understanding Samuel Beckett in 90 minutes with Paul Strethern (2005), Youtube
De Kunsthal lijkt wel een toverdoos, Bernard Hulsman, NRC, 31 oktober 1995
https://www.archdaily.com/805160/watch-rem-koolhaas-present-s-m-l-xl-at-the-aa-in-1995, 23 september 2002