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The transformation of the narrow monument in Zierikzee reached its final phase. The roof-lights have been installed, the building has been insulated, the roof has been re-newed and a completely new installation has been constructed. Next week the interior walls will be covered with plaster and before christmas the steel window frames and the kitchen will be installed.  The project will be finished with the oak floor in the beginning of January. These pictures show the latest status of the project.





This month the World Health Organization (WHO) measured the highest pollution levels of fine particulate matter above China ever recorded. Thick clouds of toxic smog cover the cities in North east China. The big need for energy in fast growing cities seems to be an essential problem and tend to influence the lives and health of many citizens. Last year I visited Shanghai, one of the big Chinese cities which suffers from smog.





Lately I have been experimenting with the appearance of Satellite images. I use them on my website to show the location and context of my projects, because a picture offers more information about materials, colors and atmosphere then a vector based map. Nevertheless the quality of free satellite pictures is not always satisfying and the color temperature of the pictures can vary a lot. Although this article is not exactly a tutorial I would like to share some try-outs.





These latest photographs of the old house in Zierikzee reveil the current state of the project. The building has been stripped down and the truth behind the plasterboard walls have been revealed. A mix of bricks from many different era’s show the rich history of the building. An old newspaper was found in between old walls proving the construction works that took place in the seventies. Now that the building has been stripped down to its wooden and brick core, the simplicity and beauty of the building becomes evident. Especially on the first floor the sharp light penetrates the building in a beautiful way, making clear shapes and deep shadows on the old wooden floors. Construction work by Bouwbedrijf Quant will continue in the first week of September by demolishing a recent chimney and by installing sky-lights in the renewed roof.





I was glad to find out that my new website was featured as one of the ‘websites of the week’ at the popular (graphic) design blog Abduzeedo. Moreover my website got mentioned in an article of Webdesignerdepot in which they show 30 websites that prove parallax isn’t dead.  Next to that timdegraag.com was showcased at several online galleries like ‘siiimple, ‘NiceoneIlikeCSSWinner‘, and CSSlight ,  and on social media like twitter, facebook and Pinterest last week. I am thankful for the publication and for the extra visitors that found my website.