Villa SR / Reitsema and Partners Architects

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
Villa SR / Reitsema and Partners Architects, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman +20

Floating Office for Waternet / Attika Architekten

01:00 - 11 January, 2015
Floating Office for Waternet  / Attika Architekten, Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and Attika Architekten
Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and Attika Architekten
  • Architects

  • Location

    Noord 4, Papaverweg 54, 1032 KJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Area

    875.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and Attika Architekten

Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and Attika Architekten Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and Attika Architekten Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and Attika Architekten Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and Attika Architekten +17

'An Installation In Four Acts' - Exploring Structuralism At Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
'An Installation In Four Acts' - Exploring Structuralism At Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut, Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut
Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut

Great movements in architecture are usually set in motion by a dull societal ache or as a response to a sudden, unforeseen reorientation of a community at large. The Dutch city of Rotterdam - vast swathes of which were cast into oblivion during the blitz of May 1940 - has been at the forefront of many shifts in approach to the built environment. It is therefore fitting that the latest exhibition at the Nieuwe Instituut (formerly the NAi), simply titled Structuralism, is being held in the city that was recently named Europe’s best.

Furthermore, Dutch Structuralism is a timely subject for Dirk van den Heuvel and the Jaap Bakema Study Centre (JBSC) in Delft to tackle. With major civic buildings like OMA's extension to Rotterdam's City Hall taking shape, it appears that a resurgence of Structuralist formal thought is appearing in the contemporary city. The exhibition seeks to shine a new light on the movement by uncovering drawings, models and texts which profoundly shaped 20th century architectural thinking.

'An Installation In Four Acts' Seminar Space. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut Structuralism: From 'An Installation In Four Acts' looking towards 'Making Space, Leaving Space'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts' - the mini-mega furniture. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut +28

World’s First Solar Bicycle Lane Opens in Amsterdam

00:00 - 29 December, 2014
World’s First Solar Bicycle Lane Opens in Amsterdam, SolaRoad in Krommenie. Image © SolaRoad
SolaRoad in Krommenie. Image © SolaRoad

A popular bicycle lane and public road that connects the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer has been impregnated with solar panels, making it the world’s first. The 70-meter stretch, serving 2,000 daily cyclists, was embedded with crystalline silicon solar cells encased within concrete and covered with a translucent layer of tempered glass. It is expected to be extended an additional 100-meters in 2016, providing enough energy to power three households. More information, here

Cedric Price Exhibition Opens In Maastricht

00:00 - 26 December, 2014
Cedric Price Exhibition Opens In Maastricht, Cedric Price. Potteries Thinkbelt. Cedric Price fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Image Courtesy of CCA
Cedric Price. Potteries Thinkbelt. Cedric Price fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Image Courtesy of CCA

A new exhibition and accompanying digital documentary on Cedric Price, a British architect, writer and educator who had a formative influence on architects such as Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and Bernard Tschumi, is open in The Netherlands. The exhibition, curated by members of Bureau Europa, introduces the work of Price by "presenting a cross-section of the elements of his inventive and singular practice" through sketches, project drawings, recorded talks, and first-hand accounts by staff, colleagues and friends. In addition, a series of selected projects present his "innovative models for industry, education, government, tourism, ecology and the house."

Students Head To Finland To Construct Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia From Ice

00:00 - 24 December, 2014
Students Head To Finland To Construct Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia From Ice, Reimagining the Sagrada Familia in ice. Image © Bart van Overbeeke / TU/e
Reimagining the Sagrada Familia in ice. Image © Bart van Overbeeke / TU/e

A team of  from Eindhoven University are set to build a forty metre high model of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia out of 'ice'. The project, which follows their completion of the world’s biggest ice dome last year, will be constructed from pykrete and reinforced with wood fibres. The fifty-strong team will head to Finland on the 28th December 2014 to begin construction of the impressive 1:5 scale model, which will be built in only four weeks in order to officially open in the last week of January 2015.

Read about their unique construction method and see photos of the preparatory work after the break.

Expansion of the American School of the Hague / Kraaijvanger

01:00 - 18 December, 2014
Expansion of the American School of the Hague / Kraaijvanger, © Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wassenaar, Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Kraaijvanger, Rotterdam
  • Team

    Hans Goverde, Annemiek Bleumink, Laurence Meulman, Patrick Keijzer, Nol van den Boer
  • Area

    3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman +29

The End of Sitting / RAAAF

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
The End of Sitting / RAAAF, © Jan Kempenaers
© Jan Kempenaers

© Ricky Rijkenberg © Ricky Rijkenberg © Jan Kempenaers © Jan Kempenaers +12

CVV Zwervers / MoederscheimMoonen Architects

01:00 - 3 December, 2014
CVV Zwervers / MoederscheimMoonen Architects, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer +16

ING House / MVSA Architects

01:00 - 30 November, 2014
ING House / MVSA Architects, Courtesy of MVSA Architects
Courtesy of MVSA Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amstelveenseweg 500, 1081 KL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2002
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MVSA Architects

Courtesy of MVSA Architects Courtesy of MVSA Architects Courtesy of MVSA Architects Courtesy of MVSA Architects +31

Shop 03 / i29 interior architects

01:00 - 30 November, 2014
Shop 03 / i29 interior architects, © Ewout Huibers
© Ewout Huibers

© Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers +18

Meet Archibald, a Cartoon Architect Who Never Gets His Way

01:00 - 29 November, 2014

"Hey dad, when can I become an architect?" says Archie, son of eternally-frustrated architect Archibald, an animated architect  who rarely wins an argument. "Architecture is not a final destination in time, it's a journey through life," Archibald says. His son's response: "Great! I love traveling! When can I buy the tickets?"

"arch." is a weekly online cartoon series by Mike Hermans, an Antwerp-based architect-cartoonist, that follows Archibald through the struggles architects know all-too-well: uncooperative models, angry clients, and periodic encounters with Tarzan, the jungle king. Archibald is a self-professed "visionary and romantic dreamer," while his business partner Gerald is the anti-creative in a constant struggle to ground Archibald's ideas in reality (hint: it doesn't go well). In "arch." study models have lives of their own, resisting modifications by the architect in favour of their own changes while meddlesome interns and junior architects attempt their own project modifications. Frank Gehry even makes a cameo appearance. 

Watch the mini-series in full after the break

Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Selected to Redesign Assen Station

00:00 - 21 November, 2014
Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Selected to Redesign Assen Station, Entrance . Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond
Entrance . Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond

Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond (Team A) have won an international competition to redesign the Assen railway station in the Netherlands. The winning scheme, marked by a triangular latticed canopy, is designed to reconnect the east and west side of the city with an “inviting and recognizable” transit hub. 

Station Hall. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Tunnel B. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Section. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Model. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond +13

de Trefkoele+ Community Center / MoederscheimMoonen Architects + Spring Architecten

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
de Trefkoele+ Community Center / MoederscheimMoonen Architects  + Spring Architecten, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer +14

Offices Schiedam Jumbo & Wärtsilä / MVSA Architects

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
Offices Schiedam Jumbo & Wärtsilä  / MVSA Architects, Courtesy of MVSA Architects
Courtesy of MVSA Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Havenstraat 23, 3131 BD Vlaardingen, The Netherlands
  • Interior Design

    MVSA Architects, in cooperation with Caren Pardovitch
  • Area

    9900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MVSA Architects

Courtesy of MVSA Architects Courtesy of MVSA Architects Courtesy of MVSA Architects Courtesy of MVSA Architects +27

Reflections on the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 18 November, 2014
Reflections on the 2014 Venice Biennale, Fundamentals (Central Pavilion): Ceiling. Image © David Levene
Fundamentals (Central Pavilion): Ceiling. Image © David Levene

Fundamentals, the title of the 2014 Venice Biennale, will close its doors in a matter of days (on the 23rd November). From the moment Rem Koolhaas revealed the title for this year’s Biennale in January 2013, asking national curators to respond directly to the theme of ‘Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014’, there was an inkling that this Biennale would be in some way special. Having rejected offers to direct the Biennale in the past, the fact that Koolhaas chose to act not only as curator but also thematic co-ordinator of the complete international effort, was significant. This announcement led Peter Eisenman (one of Koolhaas' earliest tutors and advocates) to state in one interview that “[Rem is] stating his end: the end of [his] career, the end of [his] hegemony, the end of [his] mythology, the end of everything, the end of architecture.”

Grenswerk Poppodium / van Dongen-Koschuch

01:00 - 18 November, 2014
Grenswerk Poppodium / van Dongen-Koschuch, © Allard van der Hoek
© Allard van der Hoek
  • Architects

  • Location

    Peperstraat 10, 5911 HA Venlo, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Frits van Dongen, Patrick Koschuch
  • Design Team

    H.Fekry, Henk de Haas, Jeroen Kreijne, Raul Forsoni, Gianna Bottema
  • Constructor

    ABT, Delft
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Allard van der Hoek © Allard van der Hoek © Allard van der Hoek © Allard van der Hoek +26

Rotterdam Named Europe's Best City By The Academy Of Urbanism

00:00 - 17 November, 2014
Rotterdam Named Europe's Best City By The Academy Of Urbanism, Renzo Piano Bulding Workshop / OMA / UNStudio / Siza / Mecanoo. Image
Renzo Piano Bulding Workshop / OMA / UNStudio / Siza / Mecanoo. Image

The Dutch city of Rotterdam, often referred to as a hotbed of architectural activity, has been named as the best city in Europe by The Academy of Urbanism at the 2015 Urbanism Awards. Pitted against two other finalists - Aarhus in Denmark and Turin in Italy - the city has been praised for its "predominantly young, open, tolerant community that is embracing innovative architecture and urban design and new business models."

Despite being a very closely fought battle, the Academy said that Rotterdam was a vote winner for its "unique approach to governance. Appointed for six years by central government, the role of mayor sits outside of political structures and with no portfolio, allowing greater engagement with citizens and businesses." Steven Bee, Chairman of the Academy, said that "a long-term perspective, a high level of autonomy, strong leadership by the mayor and municipality, and strong partnerships between public and private sector, are all helping Rotterdam grow positively."