Kees Scrijver saw once my garden and ask me if i could build one pizza oven in rotterdam. In my mind rotterdam was just an harbor concrete city with a lot of architects. Where should we place a pizza oven on it? He took me to katendrecht and showed me this magical garden between the housing blocks. The “wereld tuin” is a social initiative to fill in the extra time of the children from the neighborhood. They have colective activities like gardening, sports and art for the kids. It’s just great! The only thing was missing was an oven!
In the summer of 2005 i decided to build my pizza oven in my garden! i should say it was a big adventure! First i made myself a deadline…my own birthday! Afterwards i rush for the materials and the tools. Some architects friends of mine donate piles of brick samples from their work, and i bough some clay and street tiles! Short with time, i decided to build the oven at the same day of my birthday party! People were arriving and the oven was still not finished! Everybody doubted that they will eat pizzas. Some of mine guests were thinking in order by phone! Blasphemy! I rush out and in a matter of minutes i finished the oven and start the fire…One and a half hour later the first pizza was coming out. A party nobody will ever forget!