NL Architects Chosen to Design Arnhem’s ArtA Center

View from the Rhine. Image ©

Amsterdam-based firm NL Architects have been selected to design Arnhem‘s new ArtA Center, a new public arts cluster that will house the Museum and Focus Cinema. Coming out on top in a shortlist which included BIG, Kengo Kuma & Associates and SO-IL, NL Architects’ terraced design features a rooftop urban park with views over the Rhine, subterranean movie halls and an adaptable, open plan stepped museum.

The jury’s decision commends the design for the way it “radiates enthusiasm”, and the “simple and clear” concept, as well as praising the “inventive and innovative” mentality of the architects.

More on the design and the jury’s selection after the break

VIDEO: I LIKE Orange

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 11, I LIKE Orange, which features NL Architects and West 8‘s Basketbar, Massimiliano FuksasZenith Strasbourg, Arne Quinze’s The Sequence and Tham & Videgård Arkitekter‘s Moderna Museet Malmö.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise—organized by color—that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world.

Sadly, we’ve reached the final episode of the I LIKE Color series. But stay tuned for more collaborations between and ArchDaily!

Previous episodes in the I LIKE series:

Episode 1 – I LIKE Black
Episode 2 – I LIKE Pink
Episode 3 – I LIKE Purple
Episode 4 – I LIKE Multicolor
Episode 5 – I LIKE Blue
Episode 6 – I LIKE Yellow
Episode 7 – I LIKE Green
Episode 8 – I LIKE Red
Episode 9 – I LIKE White
Episode 10 – I LIKE Transparent

Fast Company Names Top 10 Most Innovative Practices in Architecture

Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / Architects

Fast Company has announced who they believe to be the most innovative practices in architecture for 2014. Topping this list is New York’s SHoP Architects who has gone from “boutique to big commissions in only a few years.” See who made the list after the break and let us know who you believe is the world’s most innovative firms in the comment section below.

VIDEO: I LIKE Black

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 1, I LIKE Black. The video features RCR ArquitectesTeatro la Lira, Kumiko Inui‘s Shin-Yatsushiro Monument, and NL ArchitectsWos 8.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise–organized by color–that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world. 

week ArchDaily will premier the second installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

NL Architects Shortlisted to Design ArtA Cultural Center in Arnhem

Rhine View. Image © NL Architects

-based NL Architects has been shortlisted, alongside three other prestigious teams, to design a new “ArtA” museum and film house for the city of . Uniting four main programs – a cinema, art square, museum and park – the “wedge-shaped” structure is designed as an “urban moraine” that cascades towards the city and invites residents to experience the Rhine from an elevated parkway. This formation grants pedestrians two options for museum access: up the Baroque-inspired rooftop park or through the ground level “Art Square” which serves as a “public intermediary” between the building and city, as well as the museum and film theatre.

Barneveld Noord / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location:
NL Architects: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Project Architect: Gerbrand van Oostveen
Team: Kirsten Hüsig, Barbara Luns, Gert Jan Machiels and Gen Yamamoto with Aude Robert and Christian Asbo
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bart van Hoek, Marcel van der Burg

NS Stations / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: The Netherlands
Area: 700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

Sanya Lake Park Super Market Proposal / NL Architects

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Housing Corporation VANKE recently asked NL Architects to make a proposal for a Super Market as part of a big resort in , the southernmost city in China. Renowned for its tropical climate and for being a popular tourist destination, the site of the resort will consist of three clusters of large residential slabs of 21 stories high enveloping semi enclosed gardens. The public space plays a crucial role in the atmosphere of the area as a whole so a lot of consideration is going into creating a pleasant environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Columnar Towers: Colville Estate Competition Entry / NL Architects + WHAT Architecture

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The proposal by NL Architects and WHAT Architecture for the Columnar Towers: Colville Estate competition attempts to mitigate the effects of a large massing of residences by breaking each tower into a ‘bundle’ of seven smaller towers, or ‘columns’. Each mini-tower is formed by simple ‘stacks’ of single apartments. This residential development of 199 apartments in Hackney, is part of a masterplan by Karakusevic Carson Architects for the regeneration of the Colville Estate. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gym Hall TNW / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: Utrecht,
Architect In Charge: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Team: Arne van Wees, Gerbrand van Oostveen
Structural Engineer: ABT Delft
Installations: Nelissen
Fixtures: Janssen-Fritsen
Contractor: PBO Bouw
Year: 2011
Photographs: Luuk Kramer, Patrick Bals

Gate House / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Architects: Guus Peters and Bart Schoonderbeek (Schipper Bosch)
Design Team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Team Members: Lorena Valero Miñano, Inés Quinteiro Antolín, Jaewoo Chon
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Siemens Hengelo / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: Laan Hart van Zuid, 7553 Hengelo, The
Architect In Charge: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Design Team: Bobby de Graaf, Gen Yamamoto, Gerbrand van Oostveen, Yusuke Iwata, Joanna Janota
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

De Kameleon / NL Architects

© Luuk Kramer

Architect: NL Architects
Location: Bijlmermeer,
Client: Principaal / De Key
Project Team: Iwan Hameleers, Gertjan Machiels (Project Architects); Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse (Design); Barbara Luns, Gen Yamamoto, Ana Lagoa Pereira Gomez, Jouke Sieswerda, David de Bruijn, Jung-Wha Cho, Florent Le Corre, Stephan Schülecke, Tomas Amtmann, Joao Viera Costa, Jorge Redondo, Juerg-Ueli Burger, Nora Aursand Iversen, Kim Guldmand Ewers
Year: 2008 – 2012
Photographs: Luuk Kramer, Marcel van der Burg

Bicycle Club / NL Architects

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Amsterdam-based NL Architects have been asked to design a Bicycle Club for a large resort in Hainan, China. They have proposed a glass enclosed pavilion capped with a rooftop cycling arena that embodies curves reminiscent of the traditional and functional pagoda. Visitors can rent a bike and join the fun in the open-air velodrome or simply visit the club’s cafe and be entertained while sitting on the large staircases found in the middle of the oval structure.

Continue after the break for more images.

Hallway House / NL Architects

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Hallway House, a radical residential project designed by NL Architects, has been conceived within the framework of a ‘match making’ program set up by the Dutch Architecture institute (NAi), together with Housing Corporation VANKE. As a Sino-Dutch collaboration in social housing, NL Architects has created a new concept for high-quality affordable housing on a site in Huilongguan, . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sanya Block 5 / NL Architects

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As part of a resort development, the first prize proposal for Block 5 by NL Architects consists of 8 blocks of 6 stories on top of a ground floor with restaurants, bars and retail. Located in the Province and the southernmost city in China, Sanya is well known for its tropical climate and popular tourist destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Housing With a Mission’ Project at the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism

1000 dwellings for the 'Ant Tribe'

The project ‘housing with a mission’, featured at the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Biennale on architecture and urbanism, is designed as a co-production by five Chinese and five Dutch architectural offices and aims at building 1000 dwellings for the ‘Ant Tribe’ in Beijing. This is the Chinese name for the generation of millions of young graduates who live in cramped conditions in the outskirts of cities and work in low-paid jobs.

The Chinese offices include Standard Architecture, Urbanus, O-Office, Node and CAFA. The Dutch firms include aronsgelauff, Next, KCAP, NL architects and Barcode. More images and project description after the break.

Recycling+Building Materials

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In today’s world “going green” has become a top priority in our society, and sustainable buildings and design are at the forefront of this green revolution. While many designers are focusing on passive and active energy systems, the reuse of is beginning to stand out as an innovative, highly effective, and artistic expression of sustainable design. Reusing materials from existing on site and nearby site elements such as trees, structures, and paving is becoming a trend in the built environment, however more unorthodox materials such as soda and tires are being discovered as recyclable building materials. Materials and projects featured after the break.