An appeal for a decorative architecture in an open society
‘Fusion architecure is a mindset rather than a style, a strategy that stands for an inventive way of mixing and interconnecting present and past, East and West, tradition and innovation, and high and low culture. The increasing diversity of cultures in our society calls for a new approach in architecture. ‘For me it revolves around the production of an environment that people find pleasurable – call it an architecture of enjoyment,’ says Wilfried Van Winden. ‘With Fusion it is about interlinking distinctive architectural elements from the present and the past and from a diversity of cultures, with the goal of producing buildings with which people can identify.’
With Fusion Wilfried van Winden wants to shift the accent of the current architectural discourse and create leeway for an imaginative and innovative architecture. The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam, the Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam and De Oriënt residential development in The Hague are fine examples of Fusion from his own portfolio.
The richly illustrated essay Fusion –Pleidooi voor een sierlijke architectuur in een open samenleving (Fusion – An appeal for a decorative architecture in an open society) also presents many examples of designs by other architects and designers.