Last week, the construction of the new academic building for the Amsterdam University College has began. Mecanoo Architecten of Delft designed the faculty for the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam.
The new Liberal Arts and Science building will be located in Science Park Amsterdam, the international science and research center in the area referred to as Watergraafsmeer, and will be completed in 2012. More images and information after the break.
The first floors of the Atlanta building, designed by F. A. Warners in 1925, were recently refurbished and renovated. The result is an extension of Tommy Hilfiger’s European headquarters with a new restaurant a bar. Peoples Place will be used for pre-sale events and meetings for both staff, guests and business customers. The design collaboration between Marc Prosman Architecten and Daniel O’Kelly of Tommy Hilfiger was intended to exude an ambiance referring to the atmosphere of a dining experience in America from the 1950s.
More about this renovation project from the architects following the break.
Architects: Marc Prosman Architecten and Daniel O’Kelly (Tommy Hilfiger)
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Project Management: Marc Prosman Architecten
Building Physics: Pieters Bouwtechniek
Installations: ESI Elektrotechniek, Eye-TS, Imtech
Lighting: H. Wolff and R.J. Vos
Audio / Video: Filbry & Partners
Constructor: Aannemingsbedrijf A. Koopmanschap
Furniture Construction: The Set Company
Client: Tommy Hilfiger Europe
Project Area: 820 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jeroen Musch and Courtesy of Marc Prosman Architecten
The new addition will act as a synthesis between Amesterdam North and the rest of the city, which historically has been seperated by the River IJ.
More images and information after the break.
Amsterdam-based IOU Architecture shared with us their project “BadBuiten”, a floating pool and bar in the Amstel river in Amsterdam. See more images after the break.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Partner in Charge: Hiroki Matsuura
Project Leader: Nobuki Ogasahara
Project Team: Artur Borejszo, Jason HIlgefort, Nara Lee, Michiel Raats & Rene Sangers
Client: NAi + Ymere + City of Amsterdam
Program: Housing, Office, Fitness, Public program, Park
Site Area: 17 ha
Total Floor Space: 8700 m2
Photographs: Courtesy of Maxwan
NL Architects’ winning cultural stage proposal will activate the Port of Amsterdam as its unique configuration is suited for a variety of activities. Situated on the Haparandada near the IJ River, the flexible and movable base will accommodate different forms of art such as film, fashion, sculpture, dance, etc. “The versatility of the assignment is the ultimate challenge for Architecture: how can one single spatial given host all these functionalities in a credible way?” explained the architects.
More about the winning proposal after the break.
RAU and Powerhouse Company developed H2Otel, a luxurious and completely sustainable hotel for Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The project, a prototype for luxury hotel typologies, is shown at the National Design Triennial ‘Why Design Now?’ at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.
More images, a video and architect’s description after the break.
Bureau B+B shared with us their project Mr. Visserplein, a temporary facility for a square in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mr. Visserplein is one of the most discussed open spaces in the center of Amsterdam, a politically difficult and historically sensitive spot. The current square is the result of a large number of accidental interventions in the past. Little remains of the original urban fabric.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
NL Architects‘ Blok K is part of a master plan for 500 dwellings in Amsterdam. The site’s triangular shape sits between the historic center and the recently redeveloped harbor area. The block measures 31 x 28 meters and is about 2.5 stories tall. According to the guidelines established in the master plan, it was obligatory to build the first two stories in alignment and the third story had to contain 50% roof terrace. The volume’s form is “redistributed” in an effort to push it as far away as possible from the adjacent volumes. The roof’s strong diagonal stands as a bold contrast to the orthogonal grid.
More about the block and more images after the break.
O + A have conceived a conceptual pool scheme for a river in Amsterdam. Entitled Urban Beach, the pool appears as a continuous band that is folded and lifted to create a mobius strip-like effect. The folding allows the object to become more flexible, and the architects see it as a framework for various programmatic activities, such as an open-air movie theater in the summer, or a wellness center in the winter.
More images and more about the pool after the break, via Dezeen.
Currently, Amsterdam is expanding at an exponential rate with space becoming limited and streets becoming even more congested. Zwarts + Jansma have addressed the need for Amsterdam to develop a way to accommodate the growing society by taking a concept by Dutch engineering company Strukton and pushing it to new levels. AMFORA (Alternative MultiFunctionele Ondergrondse Ruimte Amsterdam – Alternative Multifunctional Underground Space Amsterdam) is a network of almost 50 km of tunnels that will be built underneath the canals in the town center to provide space for parking, and sports and leisure facilities.
More about AMFORA after the break.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Design Team: Arie van Der Neut, Albert Herder, Vincent van Der Klei
Project Team: Arie van Der Neut, Albert Herder, Vincent van Der Klei, Monika Pieroth, Pascal Bemelmans
Structural Engineering: Jean-Marc Saurer, Vincent van Der Klei
Client: Hopman Interheem Groep Gouda
Contractor: Heddes Bouw
Project Year: 2004-2008
Budget: € 17.000.000
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall, Luuk Kramer & Jean-Pierre Jans
How and what can architects and urbanistst contribute to the way we live in cities? What is the Open City? How do people work, think, dream and act there? And why is it urgent to re-imagine the Open City?
These are just some of the questions that will confront the visitor to Open City: Designing Coexistence.
The 4th edition of the IABR will take place from 24 September 2009 until 10 January 2010 in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. You can find the program on the official site, including debates, lectures, and theater performances .
The Zuidkas, an experimental project commissioned by the Government Building Agency, challenges architects with an imaginary office building of over 11,000 square meters in Amsterdam that demands innovative solutions. The main objective of the Zuidkas project is to achieve the highest possible score with regard to the fulfillment of environmental objectives.
Architect Paul de Ruiter and his team focused on nine aspects of sustainability, ranging from carbon reduction to energy savings. With these elements in mind, de Ruiter created a kind of miniature city that works as one building.
More about de Ruiter’s design after the break.
The Biotope converts the remains of an old water purification plant in an ecological mixed use development. Conceived as an ecological education centre, the Biotope will be the home for eco-related institutes like IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), for several schools of Amsterdam, for residential spaces and for sport facilities.
More info and images after the break.
Amsterdam City Council recently held ‘The Silo Competition’ which involved the adaptive and reuse design for two former sewage treatment silos in the city’s Zeeburg district.
For the competition NL Architects proposed silos dedicated to climbing, sports and culture. In their design the existing structures were extended to the maximum height to benefit from the views.
The cultural silo consists of two theaters with dressing rooms and rehearsal spaces, spaces for workshops, exhibition spaces, music studios and a space for hair design. A bridge connects the silos at the height of the original roof level and office spaces will be positioned on top. The top level will be dedicated to a restaurant with 360 views and a roof terrace.
Seen at designboom. More images after the break.
Today Amsterdam city planning councilman Maarten van Poelgeest announced the winner of the adaptive reuse design competition for the two former sewage treatment silos in Amsterdam’s Zeeburg district: the Annie MG Schmidt House. Annie MG Schmidt (1911-1995) is Holland’s most famous author of childrens books.
The winning plan is a mutifunctional cultural center, housing a wide range of diverse activities, including a spectacular open rooftop playground on one silo, and restaurant Praq op ‘t daq built on the rooftop of the other. The doors to the exhibition spaces and media center, movie theater and theater hall, tower room and shops, as well as those of the restaurant, are open seven days a week the whole year through, welcoming visitors and locals alike. The project breathes new life into the silos, transforming them into an inspiring and lively place which will help shape the character of the new Zeeburgereiland housing district.
The plan is the result of the inspired cooperation between the development companies AM and De Alliantie, the Annie MG Schmidt Huis foundation, restaurant Praq, Arons en Gelauff architects, landscape architect Rob Aben, and Janneke Hooymans (This is Jane-interior design).
The Annie MG Schmidt House is expected to be completed in 2011.
Images by Arons en Gelauff architects / Pixel Pool, after the break.