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Zwarte Silo / Wenink Holtkamp Architecten

02:00 - 19 May, 2016
© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +31

Waterlinie Museum / Jonathan Penne Architects + Rapp+Rapp + West 8

03:00 - 18 May, 2016
Waterlinie Museum  / Jonathan Penne Architects + Rapp+Rapp + West 8, © Van Duivenbode
© Van Duivenbode

© Van Duivenbode © Van Duivenbode Courtesy of Jonathan Penne Architects + Rapp+Rapp © Van Duivenbode +30

Houthaven Blok 0 – Plots 8 & 9 / Marcel Lok_Architect

15:00 - 17 May, 2016
Houthaven Blok 0 – Plots 8 & 9 / Marcel Lok_Architect, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Haparandaweg 650-706 and Houthavenkade 5-13, 1014 ZB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Marcel Lok, Freddy Koelemeijer, Coen Smit, Niels Westmeijer, Nadine der Kinderen
  • Area

    20971.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Malkit Shoshan on How the City is a Shared Ground for the Instruments of War and Peace

10:45 - 17 May, 2016
Malkit Shoshan on How the City is a Shared Ground for the Instruments of War and Peace, Initial set-up, Camp Castor, Gao (Mali). Image © The Dutch Ministry of Defense
Initial set-up, Camp Castor, Gao (Mali). Image © The Dutch Ministry of Defense

Can architects have a truly active role in pressing social problems? Malkit Shoshan, the curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, thinks so. Her career is evidence of this: advocating for the incorporation of a fourth 'D' in the criteria of the UN (Defence, Diplomacy and Development) in its peacekeeping missions around the world, Shoshan has sat at the same table as military engineers and policy makers to analyze the urban impact peacekeepers have left around the world.

For the Dutch Pavilion, Shoshan has focused on the case of the joint mission of the Netherlands and the UN in Gao (Mali). In 2012, Gao was declared capital of the Independent State of Azawad, a nation not recognized by the international authorities, following Mali's Tuareg rebellion. "Although [these peacekeeping missions] occupy large plots of land in hundreds of different cities around the world, it is rarely discussed or addressed by our profession," says Soshan in the following interview.

We spoke with the curator of the Dutch pavilion after her recent visit to Mali to discuss the principles of the Netherlands in the next Venice Biennale; the impact of military drones in public spaces and why, according Shoshan, there is a close relationship between architecture, public policy and ideology. "[With design,] we can make resources available to communities that are exhausted by militarized conflicts, long periods of drought, famine and disease," she says.

MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam

15:01 - 16 May, 2016
MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam, The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

A little over a month since Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV announced a new temporary urban structure—a 180-step staircase, 29 meters tall and 57 meters long—for the heart of city of Rotterdam, the project has been officially opened. Those who ascend the staircase will find a temporary observation deck looking over Rotterdam Centraal, a rooftop bar, and the temporary reopening of the Kriterion cinema that was last active in the 1960s.

Amsterdam's Seventeen Playgrounds: Aldo van Eyck's Neglected Legacy

04:00 - 13 May, 2016
© Seventeen Playgrounds
© Seventeen Playgrounds

The Dutch Structuralist architect Aldo van Eyck left his mark in Amsterdam – not only in the form of buildings but also, perhaps surprisingly, in the form of urban playgrounds. Over the course of his career he created a network of more than 700 playgrounds throughout the capital. Today, only a handful of these remain intact. A special publication, compiled by Denisa Kollarova and Anna van Lingen, revisits the seventeen remaining Van Eyck playgrounds in Amsterdam’s city centre. The following extract from the book seeks to introduce the project, and describe its urgency.

We live in an era in which there are not many carefully constructed playgrounds. We don’t like what we see. Have we—city decision makers, architects, designers, parents, friends —forgotten to be critical?

Rocycle / XML

15:00 - 11 May, 2016
Courtesy of XML
Courtesy of XML
  • Architects

  • Location

    The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of XML

Courtesy of XML Courtesy of XML Courtesy of XML Courtesy of XML +13

Villa 4.0, ‘t Gooi / Mecanoo

05:00 - 10 May, 2016
Villa 4.0, ‘t Gooi / Mecanoo, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Dick van Gameren in collaboration with IDing Interior Design and Michael van Gessel Landscape
  • Area

    542.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Villa + / Inarchitects

15:00 - 3 May, 2016
Courtesy of Inarchitects
Courtesy of Inarchitects
  • Architects

  • Location

    The Netherlands IJburg, 1087 Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Collaborators

    Mark Hekkert, Jelmer Sjoerdsma, Steve Schaft
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Inarchitects

Courtesy of Inarchitects Courtesy of Inarchitects Courtesy of Inarchitects Courtesy of Inarchitects +25

Castellum Hoge Woerd / SKETS architectuurstudio

03:00 - 2 May, 2016
Castellum Hoge Woerd  / SKETS architectuurstudio, © John Lewin Marshall
© John Lewin Marshall

© John Lewin Marshall © John Lewin Marshall © John Lewin Marshall © John Lewin Marshall +25

AD Classics: Bonnefantenmuseum / Aldo Rossi

08:00 - 30 April, 2016
AD Classics: Bonnefantenmuseum / Aldo Rossi, © James Taylor-Foster
© James Taylor-Foster

Situated in a former industrial district in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, it’s perhaps fitting that the Bonnefantenmuseum has often been called  a “viewing factory.” The museum, with its ‘E’-shaped plan and distinctive domed tower, is one of the most prominent landmarks along the River Meuse that flows around the city center. Europe’s rich cultural history was a key impetus for architect Aldo Rossi’s design, which employed a number of historical architectural gestures to place the Bonnefantenmuseum within a collapsed European canon.

© James Taylor-Foster © James Taylor-Foster © James Taylor-Foster © James Taylor-Foster +16

Deventer City Hall / Neuteings Riedijk Architecten

03:00 - 27 April, 2016
Deventer City Hall / Neuteings Riedijk Architecten, © Scagliola Brakkee
© Scagliola Brakkee

© Scagliola Brakkee © Scagliola Brakkee © Scagliola Brakkee © Scagliola Brakkee +55

Deventer Town Hall Interior / atelier PRO

03:01 - 25 April, 2016
© Eva Bloem
© Eva Bloem
  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Grote Kerkhof 4, 7411 KT Deventer, The Netherlands
  • Project Architects

    Dorte Kristensen, Naomi Schiphorst
  • Interior Architects

    Wessel Reinders, Naomi Schiphorst, Susan Vlemminx
  • Area

    24000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Eva Bloem © Eva Bloem © Eva Bloem © Eva Bloem +32

AD Classics: Dutch Parliament Extension / OMA

04:00 - 22 April, 2016
AD Classics: Dutch Parliament Extension / OMA, © OMA
© OMA

Designed shortly before Zaha Hadid left the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)—led by Rem Koolhaas—to found her practice, Zaha Hadid Architects, the proposed extension for the Dutch Parliament firmly rejects the notion that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Rather than mimic the style of the existing historic buildings, OMA elected to pay tribute to the complex’s accretive construction by inserting a collection of visibly postmodern, geometric elements. These new buildings, unapologetic products of the late 1970s, would have served as unmistakable indicators of the passage of time, creating a graphic reminder of the Parliament’s long history.

"The Final Push". Image Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. "The Podium: Accommodation for Orgies of Speech". Image Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. Elevations. Image Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. +9

The Edge / PLP Architecture

02:00 - 22 April, 2016
The Edge / PLP Architecture, © Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman

© Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman +23

Marine Base Amsterdam Building 27E / bureau SLA

22:00 - 21 April, 2016
Marine Base Amsterdam Building 27E / bureau SLA, © Milad Pallesh
© Milad Pallesh

© Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh +16

Crystal Houses / MVRDV

11:00 - 20 April, 2016
Crystal Houses / MVRDV, © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee
© Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

© Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee +16

RAAAF Propose to "Reclaim" Venice's Giardini by Shrouding National Pavilions with Fabric

04:00 - 14 April, 2016
RAAAF Propose to "Reclaim" Venice's Giardini by Shrouding National Pavilions with Fabric, Cloaked: Italian (Central) Pavilion. Image © RAAAF
Cloaked: Italian (Central) Pavilion. Image © RAAAF

Few have ever considered what the Giardini—the park of national pavilions for the Art and Architecture Biennales in Venice—is like during the winter months. In light of the fact that, during their "off-season," the gardens are often left in a state of disrepair, RAAAF—a Dutch multidisciplinary studio based in Amsterdam, alongside architect Marcel Moonen—have proposed a series of installations in an attempt to "reclaim valuable public space" which sits at the heart of an often overcrowded city.