Laan van Spartaan / DP6 architectuurstudio

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Architects: DP6 architectuurstudio
Location: Amsterdam,
Design Team: Chris de Weijer, Robert Alewijnse, Richelle de Jong, Björn Bleumink, Harrie Hupperts, Ines van Binsbergen, Carolina Sumares, Job van Stralen, Rik den Heijer, Rosanne van Yperen
Area: 15,730 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

CK Office / Claus en Kaan Architecten

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Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
Location: Amsterdam,
Architect In Charge: Felix Claus, Dick van Wageningen
Design Team: Marc van Broekhuijsen, Jante Leupen, Joost Mulders, Roland Rens, Romy Schneider, Surya Steijlen, James Webb
Area: 3,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Christian Richters, Luuk Kramer

Urban Villa / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

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Architects: Pasel.Kuenzel Architects
Location: Amsterdam,
Design Team: R. Pasel, F. Künzel, F. Pocas
Area: 307 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

Olympic Stadium Amsterdam / René van Zuuk Architects

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Architects: René van Zuuk Architects b.v.
Location: , The
Structural Engineer: ABT bv
Contractor: Gebr. Beentjes GWW bv
Area: 940 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of René van Zuuk Architects

Hotel Aitana IJdock / Bakers Architecten + Ben Loerakker

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Architects: Bakers Architecten, Ben Loerakker
Location: IJdock, Amsterdam,
Team: Jan Bakers, Martijn Boer, Remko Verkaar, Frank Stahl, Erik Feenstra, Anna Alegre
Interior Architect: Tomás Alía
Master Plan: Dick van Gameren en Bjarne Mastenbroek
Interior Architect Restaurant: Bakers Architecten
Tenant Hotel: Room Mate Hotels
Tenant Restaurant: Vitam BV
Area: 18400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall, Frank Stahl

Between the Buildings of Historic Amsterdam, An Urban Intervention

’s famous canal district celebrated its 400th birthday this year. And though the district has grown and evolved throughout the centuries, now, more than ever before, this UNESCO World Heritage site is struggling with how to ensure the past doesn’t hold a vice-like grip on its future.

For Jarrik Ouburg, an Amsterdam architect, the problem was more specific: in such a historic district, how do you keep urban transformations from slowing to a stop? This question eventually led him to his ongoing project, “Tussen-ruimte.”  Tussen-ruimte (Dutch for ‘between space’) installs pieces of contemporary art and architecture in the hidden alleys and courtyards that have formed over years of building in the canal district.

Software Engineers Map All the Buildings in the Netherlands

Aerial of Amsterdam. Image Courtesy of Waag Society

The Waag Society, together with designer and software engineer Bert Spaan, have put the Netherlands back on the map – the data map. After several months of coding and design, the partnership has managed to account for all 9,866,539 buildings in the country, visualized in varying colors to identify old and new buildings. After a user clicks on a specific block, additional building and city information displays square footages, addresses, populations and programs, among other stats. Users can navigate from Amsterdam to the Hague experiencing hundreds of years of urban development along the way, from the pre-1800s to post-2005 buildings, indicated by the red to blue gradient. 

Why is Cycling Part of Being Dutch?

Bike parking in . © Getty Images via the BBC

Did you know that there are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands? And, up to 70% of all commutes are made by bike in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague. To accommodate such a huge number of bike-enthusiasts, bike parking facilities can be found everywhere – outside schools, office buildings and shops. Not to mention the fact that many Dutch cities even have special bike paths that are completely segregated from motorized traffic with signs that read “Bike Street: Cars are guests.” Read this BBC article to learn why the Dutch are so bike crazy and find out Why Cycle Cities Are the Future here on ArchDaily.

Hyperion Lyceum / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

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Architects: Burton Hamfelt Architectuur
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 2,210 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

MBO College North / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur + OeverZaaijer Architectuur

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Architects: Burton Hamfelt Architectuur+ OeverZaaijer Architectuur 
Location: ,
Area: 21,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

Transformation K-flats Bijlmer / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

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Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
Location: Amsterdam, The
Client: Woonstichting de Key
Area: 50,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

Elandshof 6 houses cpo / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

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Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 1,120 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Milad Pallesh

Lutkemeerweg / MAS architectuur

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Architects: MAS architectuur
Location: , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge:
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall

IJburg Villa / Marc Prosman Architecten

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Architects: Marc Prosman Architecten
Location: Amsterdam, The
Team: Marc prosman, Victor Spijkers, Brian Debruijn, Arie Mallegrom
Contractor: Gebr. van Scheppingen BV
Area: 230 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Milad Pallesh

Rijksmuseum / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

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Architects: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos
Location: Museumstraat 1, 1071 ,
Principals: Antonio Cruz, Antonio Ortiz
Project Architects: Muriel Huisman, Thomas Offermans
Project Team: Tirma Reventós, Oscar García de la Cámara, Marije Ter Steege, Alicia López, Juan Luis Mayén, Clara Hernández, Ana Vila, Victoria Bernícola, Jan Kolle, Sara Gutiérrez, Marta Pelegrín, Iko Mennenga, Joaquin Pérez, Lourdes Gutierrez, Carlos Arévalo
Area: 30000.0 sqm
Year: 2000
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Myra May, Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Jannes Linders, Duccio Malagamba

Moravian Church / 70F Architecture

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Architects: 70F Architecture
Location: Amsterdam,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

Ziggo Dome / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Location: Amsterdam, The
Project Architect: Jan Benthem, Job Schoën
Area: 49,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jannes Linders

Tbwa Office Building / ZZDP Architecten

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Architects: ZZDP Architecten
Location: Generaal Vetterstraat 82, Amsterdam,
Architect In Charge: Joris Deur, Adam Smit
Interior Design: Abrahams Crielaers
Construction: Van Rossum
Area: 8,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Michel Kievits