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'An Installation In Four Acts' - Exploring Structuralism At Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
'An Installation In Four Acts' - Exploring Structuralism At Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut, Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut
Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts'. Image via Het 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.

'An Installation In Four Acts' Seminar Space. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut Structuralism: From 'An Installation In Four Acts' looking towards 'Making Space, Leaving Space'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts' - the mini-mega furniture. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut +28

World’s First Solar Bicycle Lane Opens in Amsterdam

00:00 - 29 December, 2014
World’s First Solar Bicycle Lane Opens in Amsterdam, SolaRoad in Krommenie. Image © SolaRoad
SolaRoad in Krommenie. Image © SolaRoad

A popular bicycle lane and public road that connects the Amsterdam 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

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
The End of Sitting / RAAAF, © Jan Kempenaers
© Jan Kempenaers

© Ricky Rijkenberg © Ricky Rijkenberg © Jan Kempenaers © Jan Kempenaers +12

ING House / MVSA Architects

01:00 - 30 November, 2014
ING House / MVSA Architects, Courtesy of MVSA Architects
Courtesy of MVSA Architects

Courtesy of MVSA Architects Courtesy of MVSA Architects Courtesy of MVSA Architects Courtesy of MVSA Architects +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amstelveenseweg 500, 1081 KL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2002
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MVSA Architects

Shop 03 / i29 interior architects

01:00 - 30 November, 2014
Shop 03 / i29 interior architects, © Ewout Huibers
© Ewout Huibers

© Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers +18

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

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
Cruz y Ortiz Completes Renovation of the Rijksmuseum's Philips Wing, The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman
The Philips 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.

The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman +17

Funen Blok K - Verdana / NL Architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Funen Blok K - Verdana / NL Architects, © Raoul Kramer
© Raoul Kramer

© Raoul Kramer © Raoul Kramer © Raoul Kramer © Raoul Kramer +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Funenpark, 1018 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, Mark Linnemann
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Home 11 / i29 interior architects

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
Home 11 / i29 interior architects, © Ewout Huibers
© Ewout Huibers

© Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers +15

BrandBase / Dedato

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
BrandBase / Dedato, © Between-Walls
© Between-Walls

© Between-Walls © Between-Walls © Between-Walls © Between-Walls +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Danzigerkade 2, 1013 AP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    420.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

matterbetter Launches Competition in Honor of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

01:00 - 2 October, 2014
matterbetter Launches Competition in Honor of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Courtesy of matterbetter
Courtesy of matterbetter

matterbetter has launched an international open-ideas competition for a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) Memorial and Park in Amsterdam. MH17 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.

'T PARK / CUBE Architecten

01:00 - 2 September, 2014
'T PARK / CUBE Architecten, © Yvonne Lukkenaar
© Yvonne Lukkenaar

© Yvonne Lukkenaar © Yvonne Lukkenaar © Yvonne Lukkenaar © Yvonne Lukkenaar +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jodenbreestraat 25, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter van der Pot, Marloes van Heteren
  • Client

    City of Amsterdam (PMB)
  • Area

    530.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium , Courtesy of Rene van Dongen
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

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
House Plot 75 / Office Winhov, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lisdoddelaan 114, 1087 KA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    252.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Amsterdam is "Dirty, Filthy, and Too Full"

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Amsterdam is "Dirty, Filthy, and Too Full", Dutch Canal Houses. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Dutch Canal Houses. 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.

Apartment in Amsterdam / MAMM Design

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Apartment in Amsterdam / MAMM Design, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Akira Mada, Maya Mada
  • Area

    133.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Superheroes Hideout / Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Superheroes Hideout / Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism, © Alan Jensen
© Alan Jensen

© Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Simon Bush-King, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Sarah Rowlands, Angel Sanchez Navarro, Pilar Nobio, Paco Pomares , Pamplona, CNC
  • Area

    480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Art’otel / ADP Architects

01:00 - 27 May, 2014
Art’otel / ADP Architects, © Gerard van Beek
© Gerard van Beek

© Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Prins Hendrikkade 33, 1012 TM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Wim Woensdregt, Erikjan Cuperus
  • Interior Architecture

    Digital Space
  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Public Library Amsterdam / Jo Coenen & Co Architekten

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Public Library Amsterdam  /  Jo Coenen & Co Architekten, © Arjen Schmitz
© Arjen Schmitz

© Arjen Schmitz © Arjen Schmitz © Arjen Schmitz © Arjen Schmitz +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oosterdokseiland 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Coenen
  • Design team Architects (exterior)

    Jo Coenen, Geert Coenen, Iwert Bernakiewicz, Max Bachinov, Gerard Extra, Hans Schoot, Will Stokkermans, Bart Erens, Frans Wesseling
  • Design team Architect (interior)

    Jo Coenen, Margriet de Zwart, Wil Ummels, Miriam Boot, Annebregje Snijders, Michela Barone, Ingrid Annokkee, Neeltje ten Westenend, Claudy Jongstra, Martijn Sandberg, NAT-architecten, Peter van Kempen, Gerard Extra, Will Stokkermans
  • Area

    28500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs