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McDonald's Pavilion on Coolsingel / mei architects and planners

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

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

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.

Fictional Euro Banknote Bridges Brought to Life in the Netherlands

Did you know that the fictional bridges on the Euro banknotes were actually made a reality in the Netherlands? In Tom Scott’s latest “Things You Might Not Know” video, he tells the story of how the seven bridges came to be constructed in the town of Spijkenisse.

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.

The Paleisbrug / Benthem Crouwel Architects

  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Mels Crouwel, Job Schroën, Marleen van Driel, Moon Brader, Carel Weber, Volker Krenz, Sergio Bostdorp, Ronno Stegeman
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders

MVRDV's Winy Maas On Architecture Education And His Early Work In Africa

Balancing Barn / MVRDV. Image © Edmund Sumner
Balancing Barn / MVRDV. Image © Edmund Sumner

Winy Maas is one of architecture’s most aggressive researchers. Through his office MVRDV and affiliations with universities in Europe and America, Maas produces a seemingly unstoppable stream of insights into the environments in which architects now operate. As an advisor to the educational program of the Strelka Institute in Moscow, the architect is currently contributing to the production of eleven radical visions of the future, based on extrapolating trends that shape contemporary life, in Russia and around the world. Maas recently sat with writer, curator, and Strelka faculty member Brendan McGetrick to discuss his unusual educational trajectory, learning from the conservationist Richard Leakey, facing death in Sudan, and the beauty of architects experimenting with algae.

DNB Bank Headquarters / MVRDV. Image © Jiri Havran Glass Farm / MVRDV. Image © Jeroen Musch Rotterdam Markthal / MVRDV. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee WoZoCo / MVRDV. Image © Samuel Ludwig

The Learn'd: A Film About the Poetry of Light and Space at KAAN Architecten's Education Center

The Learn'd, a short film directed by Victor Vroegindeweij (The Office for Nonfiction Storytelling, Hazazah Pictures), captures the poetry of light and space within KAAN Architecten's Education Center. Part of the Rotterdam academic hospital Erasmus MC, the center was once an abandoned atrium that was transformed into an "enlightened inner square" that united all the building's medical student programs under a single roof.

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

  • Architects: Marc Koehler Architects
  • Location: Terschelling, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: Carlos Moreira
  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Filip Dujardin

© 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

OMA Unveils Nhow Hotel Rai Project in Amsterdam

OMA has revealed plans for what will be the Netherlands' largest hotel. Part of the Nhow chain, 91 meter-tall "Nhow Hotel Rai" (or Nhow RAI) will bring 650 rooms within three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline. As the NLTimes reports, OMA was chosen ahead of eleven practices to design the project, which will include a television studio, art gallery and sculpture garden, spa center, a "3D holographic meeting space," a multimedia presentation space, and 25th-floor lounge and bar area, in addition to the four-star hotel rooms. 

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

UNStudio's StandTable Designed to Inspire Collaboration and Increase Productivity

A team from UNStudio, led by Ben van Berkel, has launched an interactive new work station inspired by the health advantages associated with standing while working. Dubbed the StandTable, the innovative office furniture is designed to support numerous working positions and fosters interaction and collaboration within the work place.

Bakkerswinkel / Piet Hein Eek

© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects: Piet Hein Eek
  • Location: Oostplein 223A, 3063 CE Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Area: 435.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer

Villa H in Brabant / Coenen Sättele Architecten

  • Architects: Coenen Sättele Architecten
  • Location: Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Bettina Sättele, Ivo Janssen, Edwin van Oppen
  • Design villa, horse stable, interior, furniture, garden: Coenen Sättele Architecten
  • Area: 380.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Arthur Bagen

© Arthur Bagen © Arthur Bagen © Arthur Bagen © Arthur Bagen