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Google Amsterdam / DDOCK

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Google Amsterdam  / DDOCK , © Alan Jensen
© Alan Jensen

© Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    1082 MD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Fire Station Doetinchem / Bekkering Adams architects

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
Fire Station Doetinchem  / Bekkering Adams architects, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stokhorstweg 1, 7006 GA Doetinchem, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Monica Adams, Juliette Bekkering, Perry Klootwijk, Esther Vlasveld, Frank Venhorst, Zuzana Kuldova, Pia Fischer, Stefania Masuino, Gerard Heerink, Magda Strak
  • Area

    3600.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Rem Koolhaas' Current Fascinations: On Identity, Asia, the Biennale, & More

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Rem Koolhaas' Current Fascinations: On Identity, Asia, the Biennale, & More, Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr
Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr

In this interview, originally published in The Architectural Review, Andrew Mackenzie sits down with OMA founder Rem Koolhaas to discuss the Venice Biennale, the extinction of national identities, his fascination with Asia, the link between De Rotterdam and Delirious New York, and the future of the profession.

Your proposition for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale asks whether national identity has been, as you say, ‘sacrificed to modernity’. Some might view this as a project of reclamation, not unlike Frampton’s regionalism. How would you differentiate your proposition from Frampton’s?

Well, Kenneth Frampton is a smart guy, but the problem is that he looked at regionalism as an antidote to cosmopolitan development. In so doing he perverted the cause of regionalism, because suddenly regionalism was mobilised as a private cause that it couldn’t sustain. However, the question of national identity is an open one. For instance, at first sight the Netherlands is a very internationalist country, but looking closely you can see an enormous return of, not vernacular, but quasi-vernacular architecture and quasi-old fortresses that are newly built with a national flavour. Look at Zaandam, and that huge assemblage of so-called vernacular buildings.

Energy Carousel Dordrecht / Ecosistema Urbano Architects

01:00 - 17 March, 2014
Energy Carousel Dordrecht / Ecosistema Urbano Architects, © Emilio P. Doiztua
© Emilio P. Doiztua

© Emilio P. Doiztua © Emilio P. Doiztua © Emilio P. Doiztua © Emilio P. Doiztua +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oud-Krispijn, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge

    Belinda Tato, Jose Luis Vallejo (ecosistema urbano architects)
  • Design Team

    Jaime Eizaguirre, Luisa Zancada, Johannes Kettler, Masatoshi Oka, Francesco Cingolani
  • Photographs

Lely Campus / ConsortArchitects

01:00 - 17 March, 2014
Lely Campus  / ConsortArchitects, © Samual Ashfield
© Samual Ashfield

© Samual Ashfield © Samual Ashfield © Samual Ashfield © Samual Ashfield +16

KAAN Tapped to Transform Heritage Site into Dutch Think Tank

00:00 - 16 March, 2014
KAAN Tapped to Transform Heritage Site into Dutch Think Tank, © KAAN Architecten
© KAAN Architecten

The Hague government officials have named KAAN Architecten’s design for the Facilicom Consortium PPS B30 as winner of the PPP contract for the Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 project. Originally built in 1917 for the Department of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, KAAN is expected to transform the existing National Heritage Site facilities into a vibrant and open “modern day think tank” for the Dutch government. 

Country House Goedereede / Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

01:00 - 15 March, 2014
Country House Goedereede / Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer +30

Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

The City of Rotterdam has unveiled MVRDV’s competition winning design for a new public art depot in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. Clad in a highly reflective glass, the cylindrical BREEAM Excellent-planned “Collection Building” will store the “precious art collection of Rotterdam” as well as offer commercial interior storage for private collectors. It is designed to expose the inter workings of a museum, winding visitors up a public route, past storage rooms and restoration workshops, to a rooftop exhibition space, sculpture garden and restaurant.

AD Classics: Kubuswoningen / Piet Blom

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
AD Classics: Kubuswoningen / Piet Blom, © Dirk Verwoerd
© Dirk Verwoerd

A popular tourist attraction and bizarre architectural experiment, the Kubuswoningen is located in the Oude Haven, the most historic section of Rotterdam’s port. Following the destruction of the Oude Haven during the Second World War, architect Piet Blom was asked to redevelop the area with architecture of character, presenting him the opportunity to apply his earlier cube housing exploration in Helmond to a more urban context.  Known for his desire to challenge conventions, Blom did not want the Kubuswoningen to resemble typical housing; he strived to dissolve the attitude that “a building has to be recognizable as a house for it to qualify as housing.”  During a time when the rebuilding of Rotterdam was pivotal, the Kubuswoningen served as an influential precedent for progressive and innovative architectural development.  

© Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd +35

In OMA's De Rotterdam, Furniture Transforms 60-meters into Multi-Functional, Versatile Space

00:00 - 3 March, 2014

OMA's De Rotterdam, a project 15 years in the making, is designed to maximize the number of functions possible in 44 floors. In addition to shops, hotels and office space, this "vertical city" also contains apartments that use transformable furniture to pack a variety of uses into small spaces. Chairs double as wall art and sofas flip into beds, showing that a 60 square meter apartment is more versatile than we think. 

Developer Wim De Lathauwer explains, "Why would we only think in quantity of bedrooms and square meters, while many of these spaces are used only sporadically?...In The Netherlands we are simply not used to this way of thinking. De Rotterdam is the ideal project when it comes to maximizing the joy of every square meter. We deal with an audience who understands this and yearns for this extra quality. Even in the large apartments the office, wardrobe- and guest room are combined in one space. Actually, it is very logical.” You can see the dynamic furniture, designed by Clei Italia, in the video below. 

Read more about The Netherlands' largest building here

Landlust ‘Care Farm’ / Architectenbureau K2

01:00 - 27 February, 2014
Landlust ‘Care Farm’  / Architectenbureau K2, Courtesy of Architectenbureau K2
Courtesy of Architectenbureau K2

Courtesy of Architectenbureau K2 Courtesy of Architectenbureau K2 Courtesy of Architectenbureau K2 Courtesy of Architectenbureau K2 +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Diemen, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Jan-Richard Kikkert, Judith Korpershoek, Peik Li Pang, Surya Steijlen
  • Area

    2175.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Architectenbureau K2

NL Architects Shortlisted to Design ArtA Cultural Center in Arnhem

13:48 - 21 February, 2014
NL Architects Shortlisted to Design ArtA Cultural Center in Arnhem , Rhine View. Image Courtesy of NL Architects
Rhine View. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Amsterdam-based NL Architects has been shortlisted, alongside three other prestigious teams, to design a new “ArtA” museum and film house for the city of Arnhem. Uniting four main programs - a cinema, art square, museum and park - the “wedge-shaped” structure is designed as an “urban moraine” that cascades towards the city and invites residents to experience the Rhine from an elevated parkway. This formation grants pedestrians two options for museum access: up the Baroque-inspired rooftop park or through the ground level “Art Square” which serves as a “public intermediary” between the building and city, as well as the museum and film theatre.

Kengo Kuma Presents Shortlisted Design for ArtA "Civic Center" in Arnhem

17:19 - 20 February, 2014
Kengo Kuma Presents Shortlisted Design for ArtA "Civic Center" in Arnhem, © Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengo Kuma, one of four renowned architects competing to design the highly anticipated ArtA cultural center in Arnhem, has shared details about their shortlisted proposal. Enveloped in an “elegant filigree screen” of contextually prevalent red clay roof tiles, the “multileveled Arts Square” is designed to serve as “the living room of the city.” Its main programs, the Focus Film Theatre and Museum Arnhem, are united by a series of green terraces whose main purpose is to reconnect the inner city to its “unexploited resource,” the Rhine River. 

SO-IL Shortlisted to Design Arnhem's ArtA Cultural Center

09:30 - 20 February, 2014
SO-IL Shortlisted to Design Arnhem's ArtA Cultural Center, © SO–IL
© SO–IL

New York-based SO-IL, together with Architectuurstudio HH (AHH) and ABT, has unveiled details of their shortlisted design for Arnhem’s highly-anticipated ArtA cultural center. One of four shortlisted proposals, SO-IL’s “energy-neutral” building aims to serve as a transformative link that connects the inner city to the Rhine River. “Generous and flexible programmatic volumes,” which were shaped by the surrounding context, are designed “support the production and experience of culture, as well as create a place for reflection and wonder – a transportive experience.”

BIG Shortlisted to Design ARTA "Arts Cluster" in Arnhem

15:00 - 18 February, 2014
BIG Shortlisted to Design ARTA "Arts Cluster" in Arnhem, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

As we announced yesterday, four impressive teams have unveiled their shortlisted proposals to design a new house for an existing art museum and film theater on a waterfront site in Arnhem. Competing to design the “ArtA” cultural center includes BIG, who teamed up with Amsterdam-based Allard Architecture to propose a scheme that would merge the two facilities by constructing “a simple building volume of two poles: The Film Theater facing the city and the Art Museum facing the river.”

The Berlage Public Events Spring 2014

02:00 - 18 February, 2014
The Berlage Public Events Spring 2014

The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design have announced their public events for Spring 2014. The public events are part of The Good Life series, "a multi-format program exploring the relationship of the built environment to collective pursuits, personal aspirations, and the contemporary world. It aims to reveal how—on different scales and in various cultural contexts—architecture and urban design can contribute and enrich societal livelihood."

BIG, Kengo Kuma Among Four Visions Unveiled for ARTA Cultural Center in Arnhem

14:55 - 17 February, 2014
BIG, Kengo Kuma Among Four Visions Unveiled for ARTA Cultural Center in Arnhem, © BIG with Allard Architecture
© BIG with Allard Architecture

Four international teams have unveiled their shortlisted proposals in the final leg of a highly anticipated competition to design a new “cultural hotspot” on the edge of the Rhine. ArtA, the “catchy” new name of what was previously known as “The Arts Cluster,” is part of a larger redevelopment project for the City of Arnhem which aims to reconnect the southern district of Rijnboog with its waterfront and establish a new home for the Focus Film Theatre and Museum Arnhem. 

A sneak peak of the shortlisted proposals, after the break...

The Elastic Perspective / NEXT Architects

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
The Elastic Perspective / NEXT Architects, © Sander Meisner
© Sander Meisner

© Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buitenpolikliniek Carnisselande, Middeldijkerplein 36, 2993 DL Barendrecht, The Netherlands
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs