Glowing caterpillar

In Tilburg, Studio Samira Boon and NEXT Architects created a foldable structure to adapt the large Concert Hall to an intimate space during smaller events, such as small chamber music concerts.

Textile caterpillar
Studio Samira Boon and NEXT Architects created a foldable structure to transform the imposing Concert Hall in Tilburg into an intimate space during smaller events.
Textile caterpillar
Samira Boon, Textile Transformer Glows in the Dark, Theaters Tilburg. Photo © David de Jong
The TextielLab at the TextielMuseum was closely involved in the project, from the selection procedure through to the development. The new exhibition “Highlights TextielLab: Glowing Caterpillar” traces the process from design to final result.
Textile caterpillar
Samira Boon, Textile Transformer Glows in the Dark, Theaters Tilburg. Photo © David de Jong
The desire to adapt the large Concert Hall during small chamber music concerts led to a design competition. Overseen by the TextielLab, designers from a number of renowned Dutch agencies were invited to develop a partition. From the proposals submitted, the theatre’s directors and an expert jury eventually selected the most innovative proposal.
Textile caterpillar
Samira Boon, Textile Transformer Glows in the Dark, Theaters Tilburg. Photo © David de Jong
The result of the collaboration between Studio Samira Boon and NEXT Architects is a foldable structure measuring 30 metres in length and almost 3 metres in height. The design takes into account Jo Coenen’s architecture and Peter Struycken’s light art in the auditorium.
Textile caterpillar
Samira Boon, Textile Transformer Glows in the Dark, Theaters Tilburg. Photo © David de Jong
The width of the partition is adjustable and the structure can be folded and stored. The design, inspired by the slender shape of a caterpillar, can also change its appearance. The most surprising change becomes apparent when the lights are dimmed and the design’s glow-in-the-dark yarns glimmer softly.

Textile Transformer Glows in the Dark , Tilburg, Netherlands
Designer : Samira Boom and NEXT Architects
Production : TextielLab , frame and textile cover by Beerens Intercover B.V.
Material : glow-in-the-dark yarn, felt yarn
Technique : weaving

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