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

The Wing. Image © / Tilleman

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.

Funen Blok K – Verdana / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: Funenpark, 1018 , The
Architect In Charge: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, Mark Linnemann
Year: 2009
Photographs: Raoul Kramer

Home 11 / i29 interior architects

© Ewout Huibers

Architects: i29 interior architects
Location: ,
Area: 230.0 sqm
Photographs: Ewout Huibers

BrandBase / Dedato

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

matterbetter Launches Competition in Honor of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Courtesy of matterbetter

matterbetter has launched an international open-ideas competition for a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 () Memorial and Park in . MH17 was a scheduled international passenger flight from to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down near the Ukraine–Russia border on July 17, 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

The competition, open to all architects and students, is initiated to remember and honor the victims of the MH17 tragedy. It is hoped that the memorial park could form a new public space, free from the political overtone, at the Marine Establissement site in the center of Amsterdam that could be used as a place for remembrance, ceremonies, recreation, and private gatherings The deadline for registration is December 10th, 2014. Learn more about how to participate here on the competition’s official website

‘T PARK / CUBE Architecten

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

Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium

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Amsterdam-based design firm Kolenik Eco Chic Design have released designs of their unique Ocean Kitchen, a transformative new take on residential space. The contemporary minimalist kitchen offers a moment of serenity to the viewer through the inclusion of a vast aquarium beneath the island’s countertop. Positioned as the architectural centerpiece of the space, the island in Ocean Kitchen gracefully animates the surrounding kitchen.

Immerse yourself in photos of Ocean Kitchen after the break.

House Plot 75 / Office Winhov

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Architects: Office Winhov
Location: Lisdoddelaan 114, 1087 KA Amsterdam, The
Area: 252.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Amsterdam is “Dirty, Filthy, and Too Full”

Dutch Canal . Image © James Taylor-Foster

Wim Pijbes, director of ’s Rijksmuseum, has declared in an open letter to the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad that the Dutch capital is “dirty, filthy, and too full.” Complaining primarily about the culture of short-stay accommodation, segways, scooters and canal cruisers in the historic heart of the city, he argues that “the charm and spirited character has long since faded.” Amsterdam, an apparent magnet for those who enjoy an “anything-goes atmosphere,” faces an uphill battle in order to remold a dwindling reputation.

Initiatives like Project 1012, which seeks to put a cap on (and even shut down) some of the brothels and marijuana ‘coffee shops’ in the city’s historic core, is part of a wide-reaching clean up campaign. For Feargus O’Sullivan however, “if Amsterdam loses its sense of license, its aura of permissiveness, and its immaculate order held in delicate balance, then it will lose some of its delight, its uniqueness – even its Dutchness.” Read his article in The Atlantic’s Citylab in full here.

Apartment in Amsterdam / MAMM Design

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Architects: MAMM Design
Location: Amsterdam,
Architect In Charge: Akira Mada, Maya Mada
Area: 133.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Superheroes Hideout / Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism

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Architects: Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism
Location: , The
Design Team: Simon Bush-King, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Sarah Rowlands, Angel Sanchez Navarro, Pilar Nobio, Paco Pomares , Pamplona, CNC
Area: 480 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alan Jensen

Art’otel / ADP Architects

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Architects: ADP Architects
Location: Prins Hendrikkade 33, ,
Design Team: Wim Woensdregt, Erikjan Cuperus
Interior Architecture: Digital Space
Area: 6,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gerard van Beek

Public Library Amsterdam / Jo Coenen & Co Architekten

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Architects: Jo Coenen & Co Architekten
Location: Oosterdokseiland, , The
Architect In Charge: Jo Coenen
Area: 28,500 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Arjen Schmitz

Parkrand / MVRDV

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Architects: MVRDV
Location: Geuzenveld, , The
Partners In Charge: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
Area: 35,000 sqm
Photographs: Rob’t Hart

Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On

Atrium, April 2014. Image © James Taylor-Foster

The Rijksmuseum, which reopened last year after a decade of restoration and remodelling, is a museum dedicated to “the Dutchness of Dutchness.” , the building’s original architect, began designing this neogothic cathedral to Dutch art in 1876; it opened in 1885 and has stood guard over Amsterdam’s Museumplein ever since.

Over the centuries, the building suffered a series of poorly executed ‘improvements’: intricately frescoed walls and ceilings were whitewashed; precious mosaics broken; decorative surfaces plastered over; and false, parasitic ceilings hung from the walls. Speaking in his office overlooking the Rijksmuseum’s monumental south west façade, Director of Collections Taco Dibbits noted how the most appalling damage was incurred during the mid-20th century: “everything had been done to hide the original building […but] Cruz y Ortiz [who won the competition to redesign the Rijks in 2003] embraced the existing architecture by going back to the original volumes of the spaces as much as possible.” 

For Seville-based Cruz y Ortiz, choosing what to retain and what to restore, what to remodel and what to ignore were, at times, difficult to balance. Cruz y Ortiz found their answer in the mantra: ‘Continue with Cuypers’. They threw the original elements of the building into relief but did not act as aesthetes for the ‘ruin’. In contrast to David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap’s restoration of Berlin’s Neues Museum, for instance, Cruz y Ortiz rigorously implemented a clean visual approach that favoured clarity over confusion. What is original, what is restored, and what is new mingle together in a melting pot of solid, understated architectural elements. Sometimes this approach contradicted Cuyper’s original intentions; however, more often than not it complements them in a contemporary way.

KPN Dutch Telecom Company / de Jong Gortemaker Algra Architects

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Architects: de Jong Gortemaker Algra Architects
Location: Teleportboulevard, , The
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Christian Richters

Villa Kavel 01 / Studioninedots

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Architects: Studioninedots
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut en Metin van Zijl.
Area: 379.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Cuypers

First 3D Printed House to Be Built In Amsterdam

“The building industry is one of the most polluting and inefficient industries out there,” Hedwig Heinsman of Dus Architects tells The Guardian‘s Olly Wainwright, “With 3D-printing, there is zero waste, reduced transportation costs, and everything can be melted down and recycled. This could revolutionise how we make our .”

Working with another Dutch firm, UltimakerDus Architects have developed the KamerMaker (Room Maker), a 3D Printer big enough to print chunks of buildings, up to 2x2x3.5 meters high, out of hotmelt, a bio-plastic mix that’s about 75% plant oil. The chunks can then be stacked and connected together like LEGO bricks, forming multi-story homes whose designs can be adapted according to users’ needs/desires. For Dus’ first project, they’ve taken as inspiration the Dutch canal house, replacing hand-laid bricks with, in Wainwright’s words, “a faceted plastic facade, scripted by computer software.”

So far, only a 3m-high, 180-kg sample corner of the future canal house has been printed; moreover, the blocks will need to be back-filled with lightweight concrete, meaning it’s not yet as biodegradable as its creators would like. However, its game-changing potential is already provoking much interest in the public; over 2,000 people have come to visit the site, including Barack Obama. Learn more at The Guardian and in the video above.