Kralingen is part two of the Trilogy «de architect en het water». The film shows the production location Kralingen, a water-purification company in the Netherlands, that was build from 1973 – 2000 by the Dutch architect Wim Quist. The giant metal reservoirs, shaped like a drop, which seem to lay on the grass, hold enormous amounts of drinking water. The metal shield is very thin but gains its power to hold the weight by the natural shape of a drop of dew.
Initiator Ben Zwaal, artistic Leader of BEWTH, originated the idea of making a film about the drinking water production/-purification facilities, which where build by the dutch architect Wim Quist, between 1959 to 2000 In collaboration with Fried Mertens, David Haneke could film for several weeks over a period of three years in three high security facilities: Berenplaat (Hekelingen), Kralingen (Rotterdam) and Petrusplaat (Brabantse Biesbosch). The «hidden architecture» could be captured with great precision, in different seasons and weather and therefore in very different light conditions. Which did not add to easy editing but to a great diversity of impressions of the functional, and at the same time beautiful architecture and it’s surrounding.
About Wim Quist: Wim Quist (1930) is former «Rijksbouwmeester». He is well known for his work on museums, like the expansion of the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller and the expansion of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the museum Beelden aan zee in Scheveningen and the Onderwijsmuseum in Den Haag. But also his water-purification plants, like Berenplaat, Petrusplaat and Kralingen show his extraordinary talent to deal with – and show the relation of function and construction in such an expressive way. He also builds Office buildings and Apartments, Theatres, Flood Barriers etc. Wim Quist was born 1930 in Amsterdam. In 1960 he graduates from the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam and sets up a office in Rotterdam.