An Architectural Tour with Jeroen Peters
Jeroen Peters is a photographer with a passion for architecture. He began a career in building design, developed a love of photography and now seeks to combine the two in an ambitious photographic series, Spatial Interactions. From his home town of Amsterdam to the most far-flung corners of Europe, Jeroen is on a search for the most striking architecture the continent has to offer.
Throughout his architectural tour, Jeroen has been hunting for buildings that chime with his own cutting-edge aesthetic. It’s all about bold colours and modern structures with just a hint of the early space age. He looks for buildings that have “striking curves, awesome shadow play or beautiful rhythmic patterns”. Buildings without obvious windows or doors are another regular feature of his photography.
We rarely get a glimpse of a building in its entirety. Instead a viewer is treated to little architectural snippets. “I try to abstract urban forms to a new uniqueness by freeing buildings from their spatial context,” Jeroen tells us, “This way the building (or a particular part of it) gets all the attention without any distraction.” The end result is a surreal and minimal image where a building’s beauty rather than function is brought clearly into focus.
Amsterdam is architecturally rich. Beyond the famous gables of historic canal-side houses there is plenty of modern architecture to admire within the cityscape. Jeroen tells us that, with so much building activity going on in the city, it’s a really exciting time for architectural enthusiasts like himself. He names “The EYE Filmmuseum, the IJ concert hall and the residential buildings in the suburb of IJburg” as some of his local favourites.
Whilst there is plenty to admire close to home, the rest of Europe holds yet more architectural gems and photographic opportunity. Jeroen finds it’s easiest to capture the striking shadows and vivid colours of his aesthetic on bright sunny days. So buildings lit by the Spanish sun have been an obvious draw. Finding regular inspiration in architectural magazines and on Google Earth, Jeroen is prepared to travel anywhere he’ll find those key elements he strives to capture.
Here are a few of Jeroen’s favourite structures, discovered at home or on his European travels:
near Seville, Spain
"This is a modern white theatre in the middle of a small, quiet Spanish village. I planned to shoot the eye-catching building from the front. But when I walked around the building, I suddenly saw that massive, plain white, rear facade with just a tiny little door in it. It turned out that this view was even more interesting than the front, showing that you shouldn’t try to plan too much beforehand. It’s little surprises like these which make photography such a joy."
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
"Like a giant monolith, the new Equinix datacentre (by Benthem Crouwel Architects) pops out of its surroundings. What I like about this building is its simple, yet huge, rectangular volume. And that tiny strip of windows along the side of it. Also the converging cladding in black and silver really makes the building stand out."
The Ørestad Plejecenter
"The facade of this residential building consists of numerous cubicles all pointing in slightly different directions. Along with a striking and unusual colour palette, it gives the building a dramatic appearance. And from certain viewpoints, the facade gives the illusion that all of the cubicles are tumbling down to the ground."
"Muralla Roja is a wonderful residential building. This castle-like structure was created by Ricardo Bofill. When I entered the building for the first time, I was overwhelmed. I felt like I’d been transported into a real-life videogame. The place is a labyrinth of interconnected stairs, squares and corridors all painted in candy colours (pink, purple, blue and red) and it is one of my favourite ever buildings."