New Holland Folly

(New Holland Folly)

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Completion Date


Dylan Brady
Dirk Zimmermann
Dik Jarman


The winning entry for the follyDOCK International Competition in the Netherlands for the category of ‘Winner First Honourable Mention Build List Achievement’ which looked to create a meaningful folly to prime the redevelopment of a vast old port area into a revitalised city.

The scheme was for a seed pod and greenhouse of Australian plants to seed and transplant into the growing region. The model was selected to tour with the Venice Biennale in 2009, and subsequently toured Asia as part of a travelling show. The folly draws upon the site’s past connection with the exploration of the new world and contains the symbolic beginnings of the future of the site.


Its design was inspired by Australian historical corrugated iron constructions, Victorian Eta elements are translated into contemporary ideas of form, material, and process. It is a design built from stories of travel, migrants, and new beginnings. It is a metaphorical seed, ready to simulate the growth of new developments on the spot where its planted.

(Unfolded Plan of Folly)

(Folly Roof Plan)

(Materials and Structural Concept)

1. The structure is made from Marine Plywood which is Cad-Cam Routered from standard sheet sizes and easily assembled with minimum tools.
2. Flat sheet metal is laser cut to create an intricate native Australian floral pattern.
3. The sheets are then rolled to create lacelike corrugated iron.
4. The overall structure is covered in sheets of clear polycarbonate of a matching corrugated profile.
5. The top peels open for temperature and humidity control.


A smaller version scaled model was made of similarly shaped steel segments with an open structure and hung in the trees at the beginning of the Courzandseweg. At nightfall it was transformed into a lantern dispersing a fairy-tail light.

(Recycling after the project)

It is proposed that New Holland Folly be dismantled at the end of its four month period and sent to the cattle farm in Australia from whence its inspiration came.
Here it will complete its journey like the corrugated iron portable huts of history and live on in the Australian bush next to its Victorian era farmhouse and be used by the farmers as a much needed green house / shade house.