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Transparent Cells / Aristide Antonas

© Aristide Antonas
© Aristide Antonas

Configuring the contemporary condition for a School of Architecture We have presented before some projects by Greek architect Aristide Antonas. Most of them really speculative and very interesting due the topics of research that Antonas use to study, as recycled materials or waste design. This time we’re featuring his proposal for a transformation in the Architecture School at Delft, that was devasted by fire in 2008. Antona’s description of the project after the break.

Urban Beach / O + A

O + A have conceived a conceptual pool scheme for a river in Amsterdam.  Entitled Urban Beach, the pool appears as a continuous band that is folded and lifted to create a mobius strip-like effect.  The folding allows the object to become more flexible, and the architects see it as a framework for various programmatic activities, such as an open-air movie theater in the summer, or a wellness center in the winter.

More images and more about the pool after the break, via Dezeen.

Inntel Hotel Zaandam / WAM

Inntel Hotel Zaandam, Netherlands designed by WAM © Roel Backaert
Inntel Hotel Zaandam, Netherlands designed by WAM © Roel Backaert

In Zaandam, the city of the first European McDonalds, we find the Inntel Hotel designed by dutch architects WAM. The 12-storey tall structure is the result of stacking a series of tradicional Dutch houses. Neo post modernism? Read the complete article at The Guardian.

Dutch Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

The Dutch submission to the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai is an exceptional one. This time around, it will not be the classic pavilion with long lines of visitors waiting outside and a presentation inside. The Netherlands is making its appearance at China’s world exposition along an entire street. The submission, entitled “Happy Street”, is the response by designer John Kormeling to the Chinese Expo theme “Better City, Better Life” and the sub-themes: - Urban cultural diversity - Urban economic growth and prosperity - Innovation in science and technology in urban contexts - Remodelling urban communities - Interaction between urban and rural areas. Find out more about Holland’s pavilion right here. More images and a video after the break.

SHL wins the International Criminal Court in The Hague

Back in 2008, we told you Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects was one of the three offices in competition to design the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Today, the Danish office was selected as the winner and will design the new Court.

More images and information after the break.

Floating Gardens / Studio Noach + Holtrop

In five days, a new type of spa exhibition will be on display during the “Architecture of Consequence” in the Netherlands.   Studio Noach, along with  Anne Holtrop, developed a floating spa that seems to be a “construction of a landscape”, an extension of the land into the water to create a serene environment.   Using recycled polystyrene and Patrick Blanc’s “living wall” ideas, the architecture of the spa makes the walls and ceilings the outer for hills and valleys while the interior follows the counter form of the landscape.

More about the spa after the break.

AMFORA / Zwarts & Jansma architects

Currently, Amsterdam is expanding at an exponential rate with space becoming limited and streets becoming even more congested.  Zwarts + Jansma have addressed the need for Amsterdam to develop a way to accommodate the growing society by taking a concept by Dutch engineering company Strukton and pushing it to new levels.  AMFORA (Alternative MultiFunctionele Ondergrondse Ruimte Amsterdam – Alternative Multifunctional Underground Space Amsterdam) is a network of almost 50 km of tunnels that will be built underneath the canals in the town center to provide space for parking,  and sports and leisure facilities.

More about AMFORA after the break.

Soms Atoll / Radical Craft

Radical  Craft was awarded third for their proposal Soms Atoll for the World Sustainability Center (one of the winning proposals by KOW was previously featured on AD).  For the project, the architects questioned the possibility of the World Sustainability Centre in Friesland creating a new interpretation of the relationship between the man-made and the natural.

More about the proposal after the break.

KOW wins competition for the World Sustainability Centre

image by KOW
image by KOW

The Sustainability Centre Foundation, the Delft University of Technology and the Cartesius Institute initiated the international public ideas competition for the World Sustainability Centre Afsluitdijk. The findings of this competition will lead to recommendations on the future of the Afsluitdijk that will be presented to the Vice Minister in the spring of 2010. The prize giving ceremony took place on November 27th. After a short program Margreeth de Boer, chairwoman of the jury, presented the assessment of the jury and unveiled the winning designs. A total of 80 parties submitted for this competition. KOW is one of the two first prize winners with their design ‘BiLinear’. More images and project description after the break.

Construction of MVRDV’s Market Hall started

© Provast
© Provast

Yesterday the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb and city councilor Hamit Karakus officially started the construction of the new Rotterdam Market Hall (previously featured here). The arched building located in the centre of Rotterdam, developed by Provast and designed by MVRDV is a hybrid of public market and apartment building. The project with a total of 100.000 m2 is set to be completed in 2014 and part of the current regeneration of Rotterdam’s post war centre. Project developer Provast realizes the building, Unibail Rodamco invested in the shops and restaurants whilst Housing Corporation Vesteda will manage the rental apartments, making the building a socially integrated part of the city. More images after the break.

Watertower of Living / Zecc Architecten

Architect: Zecc Architecten Location: Soest, The Netherlands Project Architects: Marnix van der Meer, Rolf Bruggink Collaborators: Tara Steenvoorden, Niek Wagemans Contractor: Aannemingsbedrijf R. Middelkoop Project year: 2004 Photographs: Zecc Architecten

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Church of living / Zecc Architecten

© Cornbread Works
© Cornbread Works

Architect: Zecc Architecten Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands Project Architects: Rolf Bruggink, Marnix van der Meer Collaborators: René de Korte, Marc Brummelhuis, Thijs Toxopeus Project area: 250 sqm Project year: 2006-2007 Photographs: Cornbread Works

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OMA wins competition for Stadskantoor building at Rotterdam's City Hall


Rien ne va Plus, an exhibition by Powerhouse Company

© Christiaan van der Kooy
© Christiaan van der Kooy

Over the last few months architectural firm Powerhouse Company have been working on the project Rien ne va Plus. This project consists of a research on the economic crisis and its intricate relation with architecture. This research resulted in an exhibition, that takes place at the architectural instute NAiM/Bureau Europa in Maastricht (The Netherlands), a reader that was published in collaboration with the magazine A10 and a series of debates.

You can also find the architect’s description after the break, along with photos of the exhibition taken by Johannes Schwartz and Christiaan van der Kooy, and a video created by Powerhouse Company.

Sponge, Module Ark / Sponge Architects

The MODULE ARK, by Sponge Architects,  is a design for an autarkic (=self-sufficient) ark to live and/or work on. The design is modern, modular and sustainable. Surrounding the ark with glass facades ensures a maximal openness. Despite of these big glass surfaces, the MODULE ARK stays sustainable because of the low energy consumption, realized by means of a simple mechanical principle consisting of individual façade parts that can be closed and opened separately. These parts are utilized in extreme weather conditions against overheating and hypothermia. More after the break.

Roof garden pavilion / Hoogte Twee Architecten

Architects: Hoogte Twee Architecten – Arnhem Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Client: GB family Project team: Peter Groot, Martin-Paul Neys Contractor: Kuijpers Bouw Heteren bv. Structural Engineer: Krekon bv Project year: 2004-2005 Photographs: Hoogte Twee Architecten

Rotterdam City Hall Extension entries


In a previous post I told you about the competition held by the City of Rotterdam for a mixed used building to accommodate public services and a residential program, and  we presented OMA’s entry. After the break, find the entries by the five finalists: Claus en Kaan Architecten, Mecanoo Architecten, Meyer en van Schooten Architecten, OMA and SeARCH.

Rotterdam City Hall Competition Proposal by OMA

The City of Rotterdam held a competition for a mixed-use extension for the City Hall, accommodating public and administrative facilities and a residential program. The competition requests that the mixed-use building becomes “the most sustainable in the Netherlands”. Five designs were presented by the City, and they will be on public display at the NAI until Sept 13th to receive public feedback, which can also be made through the website. The teams will present to the jury on Septh 23th, and the winner will be announced sometime in October. The 5 finalists are: Claus en Kaan Architecten, Mecanoo Architecten, Meyer en van Schooten Architecten, OMA and SeARCH. OMA shared with us their finalist entry, in collaboration with  ABT and Werner Sobek Green Technolgies. The project adheres to the highest energy efficiency requirements, and it also considers a sustainable approach in terms of speed of construction and future flexibility of the building through a repeated and flexible structural system. Images from the other proposals will be featured on another article. Rem Koolhaas’ statement and more images after the break.