Nomadic structures

Nomadic aspects of mobility characterises Makkink & Bey's latest project "Lost in Translation".

With a socio-critical and analytical approach to urbanism, architecture and landscape architecture, Makkink & Bey re-examine the understanding of “home is where the heart is” in a fast-paced society.

Dutch design studio Makkink & Bey draw on nomadic issues facing many people in a modern society for their project, “Lost in Translation”. The interactive installation used industrial materials as the frame for a house. Made entirely out of stairs and scaffolding, the creation rejects the need for a solid structure in order to reflect the roaming lifestyle of the future.

“Lost in Translation” reconsiders the human desire to constantly be moving around. Created to reflect how people spend less time in one place and more time passing through a variety of infrastructures, the project implies that being in motion is like being at home. 

Makkink & Bey further strengthen the idea that people can no longer be detained in a particular space for a lengthy period of time by showing short movies in and outside the installation. The one-minute movies screened were first presented at The World One Minute exhibition in Beijing in 2008.

“Lost in Translation” was part of the Future Primitives exhibition at the Biennale Interieur 2012 in Kortrijk, Belgium earlier this year.