Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum Named European Museum Of The Year

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Image © Iwan Baan

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which was comprehensively restored and reimagined by Spanish practice Cruz y Ortiz over the course of a decade, has been named as the 2015 European Museum of the Year (EMYA) by the European Museum Forum. Lauded by the jury as “a great , at the height of its powers, providing a rich experience to the public, and a socially aware outreach programme for visitors of all ages,” its success has also been in the ’s ”ambition to ‘reach every child in the by the age of twelve’” – an aspiration which has been praised as “notable, impressive and achievable.” The coveted award has previously gone to Zaha Hadid Architects’ Riverside Museum in Glasgow in 2013.

Applications Open For The 2015 AA Visiting School In Rotterdam

Aerial view of the port and city of Rotterdam. Image via AA Visiting School Rotterdam

This year the (AA) Visiting School programme will extend its reach to the Dutch city of Rotterdam – a place which, “by some strange twist of geographical and historical fate, has the highest concentration of architects and architectural thinkers in the world.” The workshop, which will run for two weeks in July, will explore issues of inhabitance, perception, and intensity through analysis and creative interpretation of Rotterdam’s ‘core’ “or, more likely, its multiple cores, invisible to the untrained eye.” Based in the Shell Tower on Hofplein, students will be afforded the opportunity to observe and analyse the city from on-high.

Neutelings Riedijk Architects Reveal Expansion Plans for Leiden’s Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architecten,

Neutelings Riedijk Architects have revealed the final design for the expansion and renovation of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in , the Netherlands. With construction set to begin in October 2015, the rejuvenation scheme will see the renovation of 20,000m2 of the existing museum and the construction of an additional 19,000m2.

 Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Dune House / Marc Koehler Architects

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: Marc Koehler Architects
Location: Terschelling,
Architect In Charge: Carlos Moreira
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

House in Almen / Barend Koolhaas

© Jeroen Musch

Architects: Barend Koolhaas
Location: 7218 Almen, Netherlands
Design Team: Aura Luz Melis, Reinier Suurenbroek
Year: 2015
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Huize Looveld / Studio Puisto Architects + Bas van Bolderen Architectuur

© Marc Goodwin

Architects: Studio Puisto Architects, Bas van Bolderen Architectuur
Location: Duiven,
Architects In Charge: Willem van Bolderen (), Bas van Bolderen (Bas van Bolderen Architectuur)
Area: 210.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marc Goodwin

Bridge of Sighs / Mei architecten

© Jeroen Musch Photography

Architects: Mei architecten
Location: Lange Nieuwstraat 101, 3111 AE Schiedam,
Design Team: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Sander Geurtsen, Robert Platje, Pepijn Berghout, Karl Oscarson, Serkar Jaff, Michiel van Loon
Area: 8.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeroen Musch Photography

UNStudio’s StandTable Designed to Inspire Collaboration and Increase Productivity

© PROOFF / Pim Top

A team from UNStudio, led by Ben van Berkel, has launched an interactive new work station inspired by the health advantages associated with standing while working. Dubbed the StandTable, the innovative office furniture is designed to support numerous working positions and fosters interaction and collaboration within the work place.

Bakkerswinkel / Piet Hein Eek

© Thomas Mayer

Architects: Piet Hein Eek
Location: Oostplein 223A, 3063 CE Rotterdam,
Area: 435.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Villa H in Brabant / Coenen Sättele Architecten

© Arthur Bagen

Architects: Coenen Sättele Architecten
Location: Tilburg,
Design Team: Bettina Sättele, Ivo Janssen, Edwin van Oppen
Design Villa, Horse Stable, Interior, Furniture, Garden:
Area: 380.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Arthur Bagen

Help Fund Ittyblox’s 3-D Printed Miniature Cities

Courtesy of Ittyblox

Ever wanted your very own Flatiron Building to sit on your mantelpiece? What about a Guggenheim for your desk, or a block of London apartments for your side table? Ittyblox, a Dutch company based in Den Bosch, is determined to make this dream a reality, 3D printing 1:1000 models of iconic buildings and city blocks. The models are printed in full color and designed to slot into modular baseplates, which can be arranged into complete cityscape dioramas. Buildings currently in production hail from London, MiamiNew York, and Chicago, with a new building added each week. 

Still in its early days, Ittyblox is seeking support on its Kickstarter page, here. Backers will receive limited edition postcards, renders, or building models, with rewards varying depending on donation amount. For more information, head to Ittyblox’s website.

Outside-in’ – Residence in Goes / grassodenridder_architecten

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Architects: grassodenridder_architecten
Location: Goes,
Design Team: Stefan Grasso, Ferry den Ridder
Interior Design: grassodenridder_architecten
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of grassodenridder_architecten

Villa Spee / Lab32 architecten

© Jo Pauwels

Architects: Lab32 architecten
Location: 6081 CH Haelen,
Principal: Ing. Loek Stijnen architect BNA
Project Manager: Clark Teensma
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jo Pauwels

Recreation House Near Utrecht / Roel van Norel + Zecc Architecten

Architects: Zecc Architecten
Interior Designers: Roel van Norel
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stijn Poelstra, Courtesy of Roel van Norel

Blackbird / Onix Architects

© Maarten Laupman

Architects: Onix Architects
Location: 5831 , Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Haiko Meijer
Area: 1200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Maarten Laupman

House In Zuidzande / MJOSE VAN HEE

© David Grandorge

Architects: MJOSE VAN HEE
Location: 4505 ,
Project Team: M-José Van Hee, Sam De Vocht
Year: 2011
Photographs: David Grandorge

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

Gerrit Rietveld College / atelier PRO

© John Lewis Marshall

Architects: atelier PRO
Location: Eykmanlaan 1200, 3571 KH ,
Project Leader: Eelko Bemener
Project Architect: Dorte Kristensen, Lisette Plouvier, Evelien van Beek
Project Collaborators: Allard de Goeij, André van Veen, Constanze Knüpling
Area: 9860.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall