After Image

After Image allows people to experience an aspect of The Netherlands that is normally hidden from view: cities are built on millions of pillars. After the radical demolition of the Sugar refinery only a desolate concrete area remained. RAAAF discovered that beneath the surface of the site — around which in coming years a new neighborhood will emerge — a colossal city of pillars is hidden.


The intervention reveals this underworld of the former sugar silo seven years after the demolition. By excavating the foundations a concrete cathedral appears 30 feet below ground level. 





Client: Municipality of Groningen

Design & Concept: RAAAF

Team: Ronald en Erik Rietveld, David Habets, Arna Mackic, Cecile-Diama Samb

Locatie: Former sugar refinery

Status: Design 2015, realisation 2018