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Montessori School Waalsdorp / De Zwarte Hond

  • Architects: De Zwarte Hond
  • Location: Utenbroekestraat 6, 2597 PH The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Developer: Bouwonderneming Stout B.V., Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands
  • Area: 2480.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: ScagliolaBrakkee

© ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee

Construction Begins on Shift Architecture Urbanism’s C-City Museum District

Shift Architecture Urbanism has broken ground on the C-City (Creative City) museum district in Kerkrade. Host to the Netherlands’ first design museum and Europe’s first planetarium, the new district will be formed as an “urban ensemble defined by clearly recognizable volumes, all connected by a vast, underground public space.” 

By the end of 2015, two new public facilities - Cube and Columbus - will compliment the existing and highly successful Discovery Centre Continium at the gateway of the city. Read on the learn more.

East/West route from station to city center. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism Section through CUBE and Columbus. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism Sunken Square at heart of C-City. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism Descending underground. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism

Cruz y Ortiz Completes Renovation of the Rijksmuseum's Philips Wing

Cruz y Ortis, who famously spent ten years redesigning and renovating Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, have recently completed a comprehensive restoration of the adjacent Philips Wing. As an addition to the extensive exhibition spaces of the Dutch national museum, which was brought to completion in 2013, the Philips Wing will be dedicated to showcasing high-profile exhibitions from its own collection and on loan from international and national collections. Cruz y Ortiz's work has consisted of reorienting the entrance, accommodating diverse new functions and preparing the exhibition rooms for the temporary expositions starting next month. Several twentieth century interventions have been set back and corrected, whilst other areas have been appropriated for a new destination.

See drawings and photographs of the new wing, including a description from the architects, after the break.

The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman

Dune Villa / HILBERINKBOSCH architects

  • Architects: HILBERINKBOSCH architects
  • Location: Utrechtse Heuvelrug, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: Geert Bosch, Annemariken Hilberink
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit

In Progress: Stadskantoor / OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Location: Meent 119, 3011 JH Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Partners In Charge: Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf
  • Associate: Alex de Jong
  • Project Team: Philippe Braun, Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Maaike Hawinkels, Andrew Linn, Takeshi Murakuni, Peter Rieff, Tom Tang, Sakine Dicle Uzanyayla, Mark Veldman
  • Interior Team: Saskia Simon, Andrea Giannotti, Ross O'Connell, Mafalda Rangel, Lucia Zamponi, Grisha Zotov
  • Area: 43370.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode, Courtesy of OMA

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode Facade Collage from North. Image Courtesy of OMA

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.” 

© JHK BroekBakema © WAX © WAX © WAX

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.

Home 11 / i29 interior architects

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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

© Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee
© Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee
  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee, Ossip van Duivenbode, Nico Saieh

© Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee © Ossip van Duivenbode © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee © Nico Saieh

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.

Interior Collage - Dostoyevsky Library. Image © SVESMI Interior of Library - #127. Image © SVESMI Interior Collage - #185. Image © SVESMI Interior Collage - Library #127. Image © SVESMI

First Look: MVRDV Completes Largest Covered Market in the Netherlands

© Nico Saieh
© 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.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh