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Orion Wageningen University / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

  • Architects: Ector Hoogstad Architecten
  • Location: Bronland, Wageningen UR (University & Research centre), 6708WH Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Joost Ector, Max Pape, Stijn Rademakers, Lennaert van Capelleveen, Sander Visscher, Lesley Bijholt, Nejra Vaizovic, Rena Logara, Joost van der Linden, Arja Hoogstad, Sabine Alders, Luca Sandri, Maarten van Nierop, Damion Schwarzkachel
  • Area: 21030.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Petra Appelhof

© Petra Appelhof © Petra Appelhof © Petra Appelhof © Petra Appelhof

Software Engineers Map All the Buildings in the Netherlands

The Waag Society, together with designer and software engineer Bert Spaan, have put the Netherlands back on the map - the data map. After several months of coding and design, the partnership has managed to account for all 9,866,539 buildings in the country, visualized in varying colors to identify old and new buildings. After a user clicks on a specific block, additional building and city information displays square footages, addresses, populations and programs, among other stats. Users can navigate from Amsterdam to the Hague experiencing hundreds of years of urban development along the way, from the pre-1800s to post-2005 buildings, indicated by the red to blue gradient. 

Block 13-14 / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur Stedebouw Prototypes

  • Architects: Burton Hamfelt Architectuur Stedebouw Prototypes
  • Location: Almere, The Netherlands
  • Associate architects: BD Architectuur, Arnhem
  • Urban concept: T+T Design, Gouda
  • Engineers: Steens BV, Zoetemeer
  • Service engineers: DGMR, Arnhem
  • Area: 30000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter

Residential St. Josephhof / Mecanoo

  • Architects: Mecanoo
  • Location: Sint Josephhof, 6511 Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Area: 8000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

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

The People's Architect: Dutch Residents Pay Tribute by Crowdfunding Future Piet Blom Museum

"Architecture is more than creating a place to live," stated the late Dutch architect, Piet Blom, "you create a society." Till his death in 1999, Blom designed homes and urban schemes as if to reject the stern, coldness of post-war Modernism in light of a warmer, more human architecture. His drawings, diagrams and homes portray an affectionate commitment to reconcile elements of culture with the architecture around us. Characterized by his use of lively colors and equally expressive architectural geometries, project's such as the "Kasbah" and the cube houses in Rotterdam stand as testaments to his belief that architecture serves the people, not the other way around. 

A true "People's Architect," Blom's work has endeared a growing number supporters, among these are residents who have lived in his houses and are hoping to garner donations to share these artifacts with the public. Ingeborg van der Aa, secretary of the Piet Blom Foundation, mentions that the initiative's mission is to promote recognition, new insight and appreciation with the hopes of encouraging a younger generation to be active creators of their society. 

To learn more or contribute towards the Piet Blom Museum, visit there Indiegogo page here. 

Follow us after the break for a rare collection of Blom's drawings. 

Why Cycling is Part of Being Dutch

Did you know that there are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands? You may be shocked to learn that up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague. To accommodate such a huge number of bike-enthusiasts, bike parking facilities can be found everywhere - outside schools, office buildings and shops. Not to mention the fact that many Dutch cities even have special bike paths that are completely segregated from motorized traffic with signs that read "Bike Street: Cars are guests." Ever wondered why the Dutch are so bike crazy and how bicycles came to be such an important part of everyday life in The Netherlands? Click here to read all about it and look here for our story on Why Cycle Cities Are the Future!

Exodus Cube / Personal Architecture

  • Architects: Personal Architecture
  • Location: Overblaak 56, 3011 MH Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: Maarten Polkamp, Sander van Schaik
  • Design Team: Leendert van Grinsven, Wiepkjen Kingma, Froukje van de Klundert
  • Construction Design: IMd raadgevende ingenieurs
  • Contractor: Hijbeko, Capelle aan de IJssel
  • Interior: Nelison, Berkel en Roderijs
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit

Residence Bemmel / Maxim Winkelaar + Bob Ronday

  • Architects: Maxim Winkelaar, Bob Ronday
  • Location: 6681 Bemmel, The Netherlands
  • Area: 335.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Chiel de Nooyer

© Chiel de Nooyer © Chiel de Nooyer © Chiel de Nooyer © Chiel de Nooyer

Hyperion Lyceum / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

  • Architects: Burton Hamfelt Architectuur
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area: 2210.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

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Primary School De Vuurvogel / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

© René de Wit
© René de Wit
  • Architects: Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten
  • Location: Eikstraat 11, 5038 ML Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Project Architects: Pascal Grosfeld, Martijn van Bentum
  • Design Team: Arian van Loon, Jordy Pereira, Dimphy Rops-Klaassen
  • Area: 2040.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit

Residence Zoetermeer / Maxim Winkelaar Architects

  • Architects: Maxim Winkelaar Architects
  • Location: Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Maxim Winkelaar and Bob Ronday
  • Engineer: Van Rossum Bouwkunde
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Hempelmann
  • Area: 523.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Maxim Winkelaar Architects & ©Nelis

Courtesy of Maxim Winkelaar Architects & ©Nelis Courtesy of Maxim Winkelaar Architects & ©Nelis Courtesy of Maxim Winkelaar Architects & ©Nelis Courtesy of Maxim Winkelaar Architects & ©Nelis

MBO College North / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

  • Architects: Burton Hamfelt Architectuur
  • Location: MBO College Noord, 13, 1022 LD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area: 21000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

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Elandshof 6 houses cpo / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

  • Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Client: Vereniging Elzes
  • Structural Engineer: Duyts Bouwconstructies BV
  • Contractor: Wever Bouwgroep BV
  • Contributors: Merel Martens, Dingeman Deijs, Jasper Hermans,  Santiago Baltar Bescansa, Gert-Jan van Laar, Quinten Savarit
  • Area: 1120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Milad Pallesh

© Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh

Multifunctionial Centre de Boomgaard / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

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Courtesy of Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
  • Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
  • Location: Zuidoostbeemster, The Netherlands
  • Area: 4200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

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30 Senior Housing / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

  • Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
  • Location: Edam, The Netherlands
  • Client: Wooncompagnie Hoorn
  • Structural Engineer: Constructieburo Tentij Bv, Heemskerk
  • Constructor: Jorritsma Bouw, Bolsward
  • Contrubutors: Bastiaan Jongerius, Merel Martens, Odette Olde Wolbers, Santiago Baltar, Dingeman Deijs, Hiske Wegman, Alexandra Peters
  • Area: 3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

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