FOLLY ‘De Swoaistee’
Heritage Square Slochteren (the Netherlands)

One of the ten winners of the Folly design prize competition issued by the Stichting Landgoed Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren, the Netherlands.

The Heritage Square is a place of historical interest. The Slochterdiep, the region’s maritime artery, used to run here.
The track boats moored here several time a week. Not only were goods trans-shipped but gossip and news were exchanged at the same time. The canal boats could turn in the narrow canal because of the turning point ( called a ‘swoaistee’ in the Groningen dialect) which was located here.Because of that, all of Slochteren prominent buildings are found here. The ‘history Folly’ is situated in the heart of the village.

Imaginary sightlines can be drawn from this spot to the remarkable buildings, each of these buildings has its own story to tell about the history of the village. Folly ‘the Swoaistee’ is on the spot where once the turning point was and is designed around the imaginary sightlines. The visitor’s view will automatically be determined by the buildings in the square and the Slochterdiep. In the centre of the Folly a seating area is created, from which visitors can look in all directions. This is the turning point (the Swoaistee), the central point of the structure.

design: Huting & De Hoop (Ward Huting & Gerard de Hoop)



The other winners are:
Alex den Braber – Folly bij de Hooge Berg
Lambert Kamps – Façade
Nathalie de Vries en Klaas Hofman (MVRDV) – Trug naor de Worrel
Geir Eide – Donker licht
Haiko Meijer (Onix) – Koetshuisje
René van Zuuk – Koperen kamer
Arjen Boerstra – Secret Oak
Fivelingo – Van Bus noar bos
Reinier de Gooijer – Strotempel












H&H- Folly De Swoaistee-pg





construction of the folly


18 June Opening Folly Festival. Speech by Director Marjon Edzes of Stichting Landgoed Fraeylemaborg and organizer of “New Follies op Fraeylema en het Erfgoedplein”

With special thanks to: Gerard Wösten, Viktor Schoenmakers, Ferenc Vermeulen, Wouter Jongsma and Jongeneel