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Town Hall Bloemendaal / NEXT architects

  • Architects: NEXT architects
  • Location: 2061 Bloemendaal, Netherlands
  • Design Architecture And Interior: NEXT architects, Rudy Uytenhaak
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Dirk Verwoerd

© Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd

How the “Moladi” System is Making Affordable Housing More Accessible in South Africa

Design Indaba, in collaboration with the C-City Design Museum in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, has selected Hennie Botes’ “Moladi” for their new exhibit: “Design For A Better World | Innovations For People.” The exhibit aims to raise awareness of the significance of design by selecting projects relevant to current issues worldwide. Based out of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Moladi has provided a solution to the problem of affordable housing since 1986.

Learn more about the construction system and its benefits for affordable housing projects after the break. 

Courtesy of Moladi Courtesy of Moladi Courtesy of Moladi Courtesy of Moladi

'De Heuvelrand' Voorthuizen Swimming Pool / Slangen+Koenis Architecten

  • Architects: Slangen+Koenis Architecten
  • Location: Roelenengweg 41, 3781 BA Voorthuizen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis, Dean Moran, Robert de Boer, Sjef Vosters, Aad van den Berg
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Marcel van den Burg

© Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg

MVRDV Wins Competition to Design Zaanstad Cultural Cluster

The Netherlands' City of Zaanstad has crowned MVRDV as winner of a competition to design a new "cultural cluster" in the heart of downtown. Neighboring the city's main train station, city hall and famous Inntel Hotel, the 7,500 square-meter project will be comprised of five cultural institutions stacked into a single cluster whose hollowed core is shaped after the historic Zaan house. 

Community Center in Groningen / Kwint Architecten

  • Architects: Kwint Architecten
  • Location: Groningen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Bernhard Klok, Fokko van der Veen, Theo Koops, Douwe Drijfhout, Marco Koster, Jens Wind, Annelies Hoving, Ida Willemsen
  • Photographs: Ronald Zijlstra

© Ronald Zijlstra © Ronald Zijlstra © Ronald Zijlstra © Ronald Zijlstra

McDonald's Pavilion on Coolsingel / mei architects and planners

© Jeroen Musch Courtesy of Mei architects and planners © Jeroen Musch © Ossip Van Duivenbode

Train Control Centre Utrecht / ​de Jong Gortemaker Algra

  • Architects: ​de Jong Gortemaker Algra
  • Location: ​Bielsstraat 1, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Project Team: ​Maurits Algra, Tycho Saariste, Karen Glandrup, Franke van den Broek, Mike Zelke
  • Area: 4480.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters

UNStudio and EHA Compete to Design 's-Hertogenbosch's City Center Theater

Residents of 's-Hertogenbosch have been asked to vote on proposals by UNStudio and Ector Hoogstad Architecten to decide who will design their new City Center Theater. Though vastly different, both proposals promise to provide a timeless main theater and flexible performance hall that connects to an inviting foyer and seamlessly merges with the adjacent public plaza.

The public's vote will count towards 50 percent of the final decision. Ground breaking is expected to occur in 2017, with completion scheduled for 2020. Read on for a preview of both proposals.

Duurzaamheidscentrum Assen / 24H > architecture

  • Architects: 24H > architecture
  • Location: Bosrand, Assen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Maartje Lammers, Boris Zeisser, 
Fieke Poelman, Jasper Deurloo, Pieter Scholten
  • Contractor: Jansman Bouw, Luttenberg
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H

Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum Named European Museum Of The Year

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which was comprehensively restored and reimagined by Spanish practice Cruz y Ortiz over the course of a decade, has been named as the 2015 European Museum of the Year (EMYA) by the European Museum Forum. Lauded by the jury as "a great museum, at the height of its powers, providing a rich experience to the public, and a socially aware outreach programme for visitors of all ages," its success has also been in the museum's "ambition to 'reach every child in the Netherlands by the age of twelve'" - an aspiration which has been praised as "notable, impressive and achievable." The coveted award has previously gone to Zaha Hadid Architects' Riverside Museum in Glasgow in 2013.

Applications Open For The 2015 AA Visiting School In Rotterdam

This year the Architectural Association (AA) Visiting School programme will extend its reach to the Dutch city of Rotterdam – a place which, "by some strange twist of geographical and historical fate, has the highest concentration of architects and architectural thinkers in the world." The workshop, which will run for two weeks in July, will explore issues of inhabitance, perception, and intensity through analysis and creative interpretation of Rotterdam’s 'core' "or, more likely, its multiple cores, invisible to the untrained eye." Based in the Shell Tower on Hofplein, students will be afforded the opportunity to observe and analyse the city from on-high.

Neutelings Riedijk Architects Reveal Expansion Plans for Leiden’s Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Neutelings Riedijk Architects have revealed the final design for the expansion and renovation of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands. With construction set to begin in October 2015, the rejuvenation scheme will see the renovation of 20,000m2 of the existing museum and the construction of an additional 19,000m2.

 Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Rotterdam Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Rotterdam Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Rotterdam Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Rotterdam

Dune House / Marc Koehler Architects

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin

House in Almen / Barend Koolhaas

  • Architects: Barend Koolhaas
  • Location: 7218 Almen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Aura Luz Melis, Reinier Suurenbroek
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch

Huize Looveld / Studio Puisto Architects + Bas van Bolderen Architectuur

© Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin

Bridge of Sighs / Mei architecten

  • Architects: Mei architecten
  • Location: Lange Nieuwstraat 101, 3111 AE Schiedam, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Sander Geurtsen, Robert Platje, Pepijn Berghout, Karl Oscarson, Serkar Jaff, Michiel van Loon
  • Area: 8.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jeroen Musch Photography

© Jeroen Musch Photography © Jeroen Musch Photography © Jeroen Musch Photography © Jeroen Musch Photography