DAAN ROOSEGAARDE'S HIDDEN GEMS

Daan Roosegaarde shares some of his favorite, special places and experiences. Are you curious which five hotspots are on the list? Read along.Text: Daan Roosegaarde | Online editor: Natasha Hendriks
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Musis Sacrum, Arnhem

Daan Roosegaarde: “This concert hall in Arnhem, designed in 1847 by architect HW Fromberg, shows how music and architecture can flow together. It is the ideal location to listen to a Stravinscky concert. To crack your head open.”

Hotel Not Hotel, Amsterdam

Daan Roosegaarde: “Weird place. Super low-budget design hotel in Amsterdam West. There are only a few rooms, and they are not ordinary rooms. Each has its own theme. This is what a bookcase looks like; Press that cupboard, it will open and a bedroom will appear. The rooms were designed by Collaboration-O, a designer collections with graduate from the Design Academy. Very exciting. And I think that is the ultimate form of luxury. What do you need? A bed, Wi-Fi and a friendly receptionist. I prefer that over that one overstarred butler hotels.”

Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy

Daan Roosegaarde: “The Blue Grotto on the coast of the island of Capri gets its name from sunlight that reflects through a cavity under the water in the cave and provides a bright blue color to the water. In the past, people avoided the place: they thought it was home to monsters and witches. Today, people line up to witness this play of light in nature.”

Crystal Cave, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico

Daan Roosegaarde: “At a depth of three hundred meters you will find giant crystals, up to twelve meters long. We are ants there. It is very warm there, up to 58 °C and very humid: that causes those crystals to grow so gigantically. I think it refers to the future of construction. That we will no longer build, but let buildings expand. You buy a house and it grows in parallel with your family situation. To do this you have to understand that crystal so well that you can direct it. That's an example of biomimetics, the science and art of imitating the best biological ideas in nature to invent, improve and make more sustainable human applications. You take things from nature, hack and update them and then apply them to the world of you and me.”

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, USA

Daan Roosegaarde: “A place where they can gaze into space, with a good museum and an amazing view of LA.”