Surface As Sculpture: Henry Moore's Brick Reliefs In Rotterdam

00:00 - 2 February, 2015

In 1954 British sculptor Henry Moore was commissioned to design and install a large wall relief into Joost Boks' new bouwcentrum (Construction Centre) in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The project, pieced together with approximately 16,000 hand-carved Dutch bricks, stands as the sculptor's only work completed in the humble material. In a short documentary film produced by ARTtube, architectural historian Wouter Vanstiphout narrates the fascinating story behind Wall Relief No.1.

Working drawing, façade detail. Image © The Henry Moore Foundation The wall in-situ - February 2015. Image © James Taylor-Foster Constructing the wall relief. Image © The Henry Moore Foundation The brick wall integrated into the Building Centre, since demolished (1970). Image © The Henry Moore Foundation +6

Crossoverzaal / NL Architects

00:00 - 1 February, 2015
Crossoverzaal / NL Architects, Courtesy of NL Architects
Courtesy of NL Architects

The so-called Muziekpaleis is a spectacular endeavour. When we first learnt about the project we could hardly believe its radicality. The project is part of the renovation of the station area. The idea was to construct a music building with 4 halls on top of the existing concert hall Vredenburg. That would mean to partly demolish the Hertzberger Masterpiece! It also would bring together totally different target groups in one building: in addition to the symphony hall, the complex will feature a 2000 people hall dedicated to pop music, a jazz hall, a room for chamber music and the so-called Crossoverzaal. These ‘Biotopes’ will be developed by 4 different architects within the master plan by Architectuurstudio HH. In a way it is a super-sized ‘showcase’ containing stacked ‘buildings’: 3D Urbanism!

Nieuwe Park Rozenburgschool / KCAP Architects&Planners

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Nieuwe Park Rozenburgschool / KCAP Architects&Planners, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

The ‘Nieuwe Park Rozenburgschool’ is an elementary school in Rotterdam’s quarter Kralingen-Crooswijk with children from various ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds. The school has been spread over two locations within the district. With the extension of one of the locations all school facilities could be united again and help the school function as one institution.

MVRDV and Interior Urbanism: An Interview With Winy Maas

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
MVRDV and Interior Urbanism: An Interview With Winy Maas, Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee
Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, one of the major changes within cities around the world has been the rise of so-called "privately-owned public space," a development which has attracted the attention of many urbanists and is still being widely debated. However, for MONU Magazine, the increasing prevalence (and arguably, acceptance) of such privately owned spaces for public use gives us an opportunity to discuss another aspect of public space: interior urbanism. With the rise of the shopping mall and the increasingly diverse functions required by buildings such as libraries, interior spaces now resemble exterior public spaces more and more.

The following interview is an excerpt from the 21st issue of MONU Magazine, in which MONU's Bernd Upmeyer and Beatriz Ramo interview MVRDV founder Winy Maas, discussing the concept of interior urbanism in the work of MVRDV, in particular in their Rotterdam Markthal, Glass Farm and Book Mountain projects.

Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Nico Saieh Book Mountain in Spijkenisse. Image © Jeroen Musch Book Mountain in Spijkenisse. Image © Jeroen Musch Glass Farm in Schijndel. Image © Jeroen Musch +13

Theatre Speelhuis / Cepezed Architects

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Theatre Speelhuis / Cepezed Architects, Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom
Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom
  • Architects

  • Location

    Helmond, Netherlands
  • Area

    1997.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom

Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom +25

Junky Hotel Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Junky Hotel Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill, © Ulrich Schwarz
© Ulrich Schwarz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck
  • Design Team

    Rafael Alencar Saraiva, Marcel Geerdink, Pauline Marcombe, Teun van der Meulen, Anja Mueller, Andrius Raguotis, Ruud Smeelen, Philip Stalbohm, Giorgio Terraneo, Roel van der Zeeuw
  • Area

    730.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz +39

Rotterdam Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects + MVSA Architects + West 8

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
Rotterdam Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects + MVSA Architects + West 8 , © Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Luke Harley © Jannes Linders +27

Town Hall Borsele / Atelier Kempe Thill

01:00 - 18 January, 2015
Town Hall Borsele / Atelier Kempe Thill, © Ulrich Schwarz
© Ulrich Schwarz

The municipality of Borsele in the Dutch province of Zeeland was founded in 1970 by the merging of 13 villages. Heinkenszand was assigned centre of this newly formed administrative unit and a new town hall was built for the 25.000 inhabitants. More then 30 years after the opening, the building was in need of rehabilitation. On the one hand, the façade as well as the roof weren’t fully waterproof anymore. Furthermore, the building had to undergo an asbestos abatement to adapt to modern building standards. On the other hand the interior of the building had to be renovated in order to create a flexible and modern office environment. The building climate had to be improved in order to reduce energy loss.

Villa SR / Reitsema and Partners Architects

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

When older houses are preserved, it is often because of their recyclability. They have high ceilings, daylight, large rooms and wide doors. But there is one more important reason why we don’t demolish them. We love them, because their architecture is good and because they are made of beautiful materials. Preserve your house, or make a new one with a high long term value, and you make your house more environmentally friendly.

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

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

  • 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

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