Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo / Mateo Arquitectura Location: Zeist, Utrecht, The Netherlands Project Leaders: Markus Lauber, Till von Mackensen Project Area: 25,000 sqm offices, 25,000 sqm car park Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Adrià Goula
The competition for the IJhal in Amsterdam announced its first place winner, Wiel Arets Architects, on 8 October, 2010. The project will entail the construction of a pedestrian-centric area adjacent to the existing Centraal Station in Amsterdam along the River IJ waterfront. The new addition will act as a synthesis between Amesterdam North and the rest of the city, which historically has been seperated by the River IJ. More images and information after the break.
Architects: Maxwan Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Partner in Charge: Hiroki Matsuura Project Leader: Nobuki Ogasahara Project Team: Artur Borejszo, Jason HIlgefort, Nara Lee, Michiel Raats & Rene Sangers Client: NAi + Ymere + City of Amsterdam Program: Housing, Office, Fitness, Public program, Park Site Area: 17 ha Total Floor Space: 8700 m2 Photographs: Courtesy of Maxwan
Architects: Maxwan Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands Partner in Charge: Rients Dijkstra Team Leader: Martijn Anhalt Project Team: Artur Borejszo, Jason Hilgefort, Nara Lee, Nobuki Ogasahara, Michiel Raats, Harm te Velde Client: Crimson / Estrade Projecten, Blauwhoed Project Development and dS+V Site Area: 15 ha Project Area: 10,000 sqm Images: Courtesy of Maxwan
Six architectural designers want to make the visitor aware of the space in which they live, their living room. Just try and take a different look at your environment, is what they ask. Does the TV have to be on the cupboard in the corner? Don’t people tend to take their living environment in a too obvious way?
The creators of the exhibition are searching for a challenge. They are not afraid to criticize the traditional way of dealing with the division and disposition of spaces. By mixing time, context and perspective in an unusual way with a traditional interior, a world of experiences exists in which the visitor is set down to different questions.
Who determines where to sit? Is it the position of the chair, or the space around the chair? More images after the break. More information on the exhibition’s official website.
Netherlands-based Hoogte Twee Architecten shared with us their project B(h)uis, a small pavilion built with PVC tubes. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Studio Shift’s proposal for the World Sustainability Center in Afsluitdijk, Netherlands offers flexible environments to accommodate an educational conservation facility for both students and researchers, as well as the general public. The strong geometric complex emphasizes different connections on the macro scale, by relating to other major metropolises, infrastructures, educational facilities and park systems, and the micro scale by fusing its own new “sphere of influence” with its immediate community. More images, diagrams, drawings and information after the break.
Thousands of buildings in the Netherlands lie vacant. Some of them for a week or a few months, many even for years. During the twelfth Venice Architecture Biennale, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and Rietveld Landscape will highlight the huge potential of all that temporarily unoccupied space in making the Netherlands one of the top-five knowledge economies in the world. The exhibition Vacant NL, where architecture meets ideas is a call for the intelligent reuse of temporarily vacant buildings around the world in promoting creative enterprise. The Venice Architecture Biennale takes place from 29 August 29 to 21 November 2010.
The general guidelines can be read on the website and is free of charge for students who wish to have their work published, both to help them find a job as well as help future architecture students get an idea of what a final project is as well as help them consider weather or not Architecture is their passion and which school fits best with their design concepts.
RAU and Powerhouse Company developed H2Otel, a luxurious and completely sustainable hotel for Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The project, a prototype for luxury hotel typologies, is shown at the National Design Triennial ‘Why Design Now?’ at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. More images, a video and architect’s description after the break.
Not only did Laura Alvarez Architecture place in Europe’s top 40 architects under 40, but the young firm also just received a unanimous first prize standing from the jury of the Customize Me! competition sponsored by the Heijmans Vastgoed & Woningbouw. Asked to provide a new vision for contemporary housing, Laura Alvarez responded with a housing model that can be aadjusted for different kinds of families and if a person suddenly changes his way of living. Entitled 4D LIFE | Space and Time – four dimensions of living, space and time are linked entities so that how the space is used directly correlates to time. ”We want to offer a house that fits all moments of life and to all kinds of standards of living. We want to offer space for personal input, for all kinds of people, independently from their origin, social status or age.” explained the architect. More images and more about the winning proposal after the break.
A few minutes ago, The Netherlands national soccer team defeated Brazil, one of the favorite teams to win the South Africa World Cup and advanced to semi-finals. We want to congratulate all of our Netherlands fans in this big step to win their first World Cup! And to celebrate, we decided to put together a small selection of five great projects from The Netherlands. Check them all after the break.
Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter Villa Berkel in Veenendaal (Netherlands) is built on a site formerly occupied by a bungalow dating from the nineteen seventies. The owners wanted to remodel the bungalow, but decided on the advice of Paul de Ruiter to demolish the bungalow and make room for a completely new design (read more…)
The preliminary design for the 22 million euro project ‘Mauritshuis building for the future’ was unveiled on June 22, 2010. The ambitious design links Plein 26, the art deco building opposite the Mauritshuis in The Hague which is part of the Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit de Witte, with the museum by means of an underground foyer, thus doubling the square footage and increasing its potential. The project is expected to be completed by mid 2014. Dutch architect Hans van Heeswijk’s preliminary design, in which light and clarity are prominent, does justice to the international status of the Mauritshuis. The facilities will be expanded to include a new exhibition hall, an auditorium for lectures and conferences, and an education space. A new entrance will be created at the front of the building so visitors will fully appreciate its elegant façade. The shop and the café will also be refurbished. Construction will begin in 2012 and the project is expected to be completed mid-2014. More images and a video after the break.
Bureau B+B shared with us their project Mr. Visserplein, a temporary facility for a square in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mr. Visserplein is one of the most discussed open spaces in the center of Amsterdam, a politically difficult and historically sensitive spot. The current square is the result of a large number of accidental interventions in the past. Little remains of the original urban fabric.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
DHV Architects shared with us their latest project. “Halo” is located in The Afsluitdijk, a major causeway located in The Netherlands. The Afsluitdijk is a major icon of Dutch engineering and is about to embark on a new future. Climate change forms the backdrop for sustainable development at the Afsluitdijk, whereby the Netherlands will once again push the boundaries of technological advancement.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
The 16 finalists for the Dance and Music Center in the Hague have been announced. Among the finalists for this 500,000sqf project we find practices such as OMA, Zaha Hadid, Diller Scofidio Renfro + SO-IL (2010 P.S.1 winners), Mecanoo, and more. See all the finalists after the break.
NL Architects‘ Blok K is part of a master plan for 500 dwellings in Amsterdam. The site’s triangular shape sits between the historic center and the recently redeveloped harbor area. The block measures 31 x 28 meters and is about 2.5 stories tall. According to the guidelines established in the master plan, it was obligatory to build the first two stories in alignment and the third story had to contain 50% roof terrace. The volume’s form is “redistributed” in an effort to push it as far away as possible from the adjacent volumes. The roof’s strong diagonal stands as a bold contrast to the orthogonal grid. More about the block and more images after the break.