Constell.ation II / LIKEarchitects

© Andreia Garcia Photography

Architects: LIKEarchitects
Location: Plantage Muidergracht, 1018 , Netherlands
Design Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and João Salgueiro
Client: Amsterdam Light Festival
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreia Garcia Photography

Room On The Roof / i29 interior architects

© Ewout Huibers

Architects: i29 interior architects
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ewout Huibers

Junky Hotel Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill

© Ulrich Schwarz

Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck
Design Team: Rafael Alencar Saraiva, Marcel Geerdink, Pauline Marcombe, Teun van der Meulen, Anja Mueller, Andrius Raguotis, Ruud Smeelen, Philip Stalbohm, Giorgio Terraneo, Roel van der Zeeuw
Area: 730.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ulrich Schwarz

Floating Office for Waternet / Attika Architekten

Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and

Architects: Attika Architekten
Location: Noord 4, Papaverweg 54, 1032 KJ Amsterdam,
Area: 875.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and Attika Architekten

‘An Installation In Four Acts’ – Exploring Structuralism At Rotterdam’s Nieuwe Instituut

Great movements in architecture are usually set in motion by a dull societal ache or as a response to a sudden, unforeseen reorientation of a community at large. The Dutch city of Rotterdam - vast swathes of which were cast into oblivion during the blitz of May 1940 – has been at the forefront of many shifts in approach to the built environment. It is therefore fitting that the latest exhibition at the Nieuwe Instituut (formerly the NAi), simply titled Structuralism, is being held in the city that was recently named Europe’s best.

Furthermore, Dutch Structuralism is a timely subject for Dirk van den Heuvel and the Jaap Bakema Study Centre (JBSC) in Delft to tackle. With major civic buildings like OMA’s extension to Rotterdam’s City Hall taking shape, it appears that a resurgence of Structuralist formal thought is appearing in the contemporary city. The exhibition seeks to shine a new light on the movement by uncovering drawings, models and texts which profoundly shaped 20th century architectural thinking.

World’s First Solar Bicycle Lane Opens in Amsterdam

SolaRoad in Krommenie. Image © SolaRoad

A popular bicycle lane and public road that connects the suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer has been impregnated with solar panels, making it the world’s first. The 70-meter stretch, serving 2,000 daily cyclists, was embedded with crystalline silicon solar cells encased within concrete and covered with a translucent layer of tempered glass. It is expected to be extended an additional 100-meters in 2016, providing enough energy to power three households. More information, here.

The End of Sitting / RAAAF

© Jan Kempenaers

Architects: RAAAF
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jan Kempenaers, Ricky Rijkenberg

Shop 03 / i29 interior architects

© Ewout Huibers

Architects: i29 interior architects
Location: Herengracht 178, 1016 BR ,
Photographs: Ewout Huibers

ING House / MVSA Architects

Courtesy of MVSA Architects

Architects: MVSA Architects
Location: Amstelveenseweg 500, 1081 KL ,
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2002
Photographs: Courtesy of MVSA Architects

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

The Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / 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

© Raoul Kramer

Architects: NL Architects
Location: Funenpark, 1018 , The Netherlands
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

© Between-Walls

Architects: Dedato
Location: Danzigerkade 2, 1013 AP Amsterdam, The
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 Amsterdam. was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam 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

© Yvonne Lukkenaar

Architects: CUBE Architecten
Location: Jodenbreestraat 25, 1011 Amsterdam, 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

Courtesy of Rene van Dongen

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

© Stefan Müller

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 Amsterdam’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.