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Competition Entry: JHK Architecten + Broekbakema's Proposal for Rotterdam School of Transport

JHK Architecten and Broekbakema have shared with us their competition entry for a higher education school in the field of transport for Rotterdam. The building, envisioned as part of Rotterdam’s transport and logistics district, was inspired by the “distinctive sturdy structures of the port.” 

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RE-USE / Global Architects

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'People's Palaces': Behind The Scenes at Mecanoo's Upcoming Exhibition in Berlin

Mecanoo have shared with us a behind the scenes look at their upcoming exhibition at Berlin's Aedes Architecture Forum, entitled People's Palaces. Presenting some of the Dutch practice's recent public buildings, such as the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize nominated Library of Birmingham and the Maritime and Beachcombers Museum in Texel, the Netherlands, the timing of the exhibition also celebrates the company's 30th anniversary. Founded in 1984, Mecanoo continues to develop a strong reputation for libraries, as well as cultural spaces and performance venues. This exhibition specifically traces the impact of Mecanoo’s public buildings on local communities.

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BrandBase / Dedato

  • Architects: Dedato
  • Location: Danzigerkade 2, 1013 AP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Between-Walls

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AMO Invites Dutch Architects to Discuss their Future at the Venice Biennale

On November 20-21, AMO is hosting a discussion event at the Venice Biennale focusing on the past, present and future of Dutch architecture in which 30 young architects will be invited to present their agenda for architecture in the Netherlands for the next 10 years. Over the course of the two days, each participant will present will deliver a 7-minute presentation looking at architecture in 2024 to answer the question "where will you be and will you be doing?" Find out more about the event, and how you can be a part of it, after the break.

Markthal Rotterdam / MVRDV

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Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation

When you abandon the countryside in favour of the city, what do you leave behind? In a recent essay for Icon Magazine, OMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas deliberates on the intersection between the two, arguing that "our current obsession with only the city is highly irresponsible because you cannot understand the city without understanding the countryside."

Reimagining 448 Local Libraries in Moscow, One Space at a Time

SVESMI, an unassuming studio based in central Rotterdam, is at the center of a dauntingly complex project that may eventually see the renovation of 448 dilapidated and disused branch libraries in Moscow. Architects Anastassia Smirnova and Alexander Sverdlov balance their time between Rotterdam, which acts as their design studio, and Moscow from which, alongside architects Maria Kataryan and Pavel Rueda, they oversee the project at large. Faced by the potential challenge of reimagining over 450 public 'living rooms' spread across the Russian capital and demanding unusually high levels of spatial articulation and social understanding, the Open Library project is also unwinding the hidden narrative of Moscow’s local libraries.

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First Look: MVRDV Completes Largest Covered Market in the Netherlands

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© Nico Saieh

Rotterdam’s very own, MVRDV has completed the Netherlands’ first covered market: the Markthal Rotterdam. Unlike any other market in the world, the Markthal presents a new urban hybrid that unites a market hall with housing. 

Within the hollow core of the 228-unit, “horseshoe-shaped” residential building is an expansive, 40-meter-tall public market, offering 96 fresh food stalls, 8 restaurants and supermarket. Colorful murals cover the arch’s vaulted interior, peering through the largest single glazed cable net facades in Europe, which enclose the market. 

This sense of transparency and openness was key, as the Markthal is the driving force to the rejuvenation of the Laurenskwartier area and hopes to attract thousands of visitors each year.

A look inside, after the break.

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Mecanoo Chosen to Redevelop Dutch Train Station

Mecanoo, in collaboration with engineering consultancy Movares, has been chose to redevelop the Ede train station in the Netherlands. An important entry for the city and Veluwe National Park, the design hopes to transform the station into a “showpiece” and vibrant center for the Veluwse Poort. 

“The vision of the design is defined by an unobtrusive appearance; the natural environment serves as a starting point for the characteristic materialization that connects the buildings and the station square, emphasizing the area’s built identity,” described Mecanoo. 

DOMunder / JDdVarchitects

  • Architects: JDdVarchitects
  • Location: Domplein, 3512 Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Oliver Schuh

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The North Rhine-Westphalia Contribution–Floriade 2012 / RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten

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  • Architects: RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten
  • Location: Venlo, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: Johannes Czerniejewski, Katharina Thoma, Jean Müller, Joachim Evers
  • Design Team: Architekturbüro Rhunau, jangled nerves gmbh, Schraps & Vogel Garten- und Landschaftsbau GmbH, Grote Bedachungen, Lohmann GmbH, Reko Automatiktüren GmbH
  • Cooperation: Rhunau Architekten
  • Area: 2450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Thomas Mayer, Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten

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Regiocentrale Zuid / Wiel Arets Architects

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Kanaalstraat 3, 6107 CL Stevensweert, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Julius Klatte, Harold Hermans, Rob Willemse
  • Area: 1850.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

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'T PARK / CUBE Architecten

  • Architects: CUBE Architecten
  • Location: Jodenbreestraat 25, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: Pieter van der Pot, Marloes van Heteren
  • Client: City of Amsterdam (PMB)
  • Area: 530.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yvonne Lukkenaar

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Grotius Building of Radboud University Nijmegen / Benthem Crouwel Architects

  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: Montessorilaan 10, Radboud University Nijmegen, 6525 HR Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Lead architects: Mels Crouwel, Joost Vos
  • Area: 16300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders

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