Studio Shift’s proposal for the World Sustainability Center in Afsluitdijk, Netherlands offers flexible environments to accommodate an educational conservation facility for both students and researchers, as well as the general public. The strong geometric complex emphasizes different connections on the macro scale, by relating to other major metropolises, infrastructures, educational facilities and park systems, and the micro scale by fusing its own new “sphere of influence” with its immediate community.
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Architects: RDKA | Architecture Research Urbanism
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Project Team: Robert-Jan de Kort (RDKA), Teun van den Dries (Eckhart)
Client: Rachid Amrane & Arthur Swanevelt, Den Haag
Contractor: JNM Techniek, Den Haag
Project Area: 61 sqm
Budget: € 35,000
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Teun van den Dries
Thousands of buildings in the Netherlands lie vacant. Some of them for a week or a few months, many even for years. During the twelfth Venice Architecture Biennale, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and Rietveld Landscape will highlight the huge potential of all that temporarily unoccupied space in making the Netherlands one of the top-five knowledge economies in the world. The exhibition Vacant NL, where architecture meets ideas is a call for the intelligent reuse of temporarily vacant buildings around the world in promoting creative enterprise. The Venice Architecture Biennale takes place from 29 August 29 to 21 November 2010.
Built in 1954, the Dutch Pavilion on the biennale grounds in Venice has been empty for over 39 years. After all, it is in use for just three months each year. That makes it one of the thousands of unoccupied government buildings on Dutch soil.
Rietveld Landscape, the office appointed by the NAI to curate the Dutch presentation in Venice, decided to emphasize the vacancy of the pavilion during the architecture biennale. The experience of the empty space will sink into visitors, and only then will they discover the hidden installation.
Architectonisch.nl (Architectonic Architecture) is an international competition, based on the final projects for a degree in Architecture. Open to all students who are currently graduating or already have graduated recently with a professional degree in architecture.
The general guidelines can be read on the website and is free of charge for students who wish to have their work published, both to help them find a job as well as help future architecture students get an idea of what a final project is as well as help them consider weather or not Architecture is their passion and which school fits best with their design concepts.
For more information, go to the competition’s official website.
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.
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Not only did Laura Alvarez Architecture place in Europe’s top 40 architects under 40, but the young firm also just received a unanimous first prize standing from the jury of the Customize Me! competition sponsored by the Heijmans Vastgoed & Woningbouw. Asked to provide a new vision for contemporary housing, Laura Alvarez responded with a housing model that can be aadjusted for different kinds of families and if a person suddenly changes his way of living. Entitled 4D LIFE | Space and Time – four dimensions of living, space and time are linked entities so that how the space is used directly correlates to time. ”We want to offer a house that fits all moments of life and to all kinds of standards of living. We want to offer space for personal input, for all kinds of people, independently from their origin, social status or age.” explained the architect.
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Architects: i29 l interior architects
Location: Rooseveltlaan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Proyect area: 150 m2
Constructor: Smart Interiors
Interior build: Kooijmans interiors
Materials: Pinewood, white epoxy flooring, spray painted white doors, Himacs
Furniture: Chair one, Magis Constantin Grcic / Loop stand table, Hay / GloBall lights, jasper Morrison, Flos / custom made kitchen & cabinets
Photos: i29 l interior architects
The preliminary design for the 22 million euro project ‘Mauritshuis building for the future’ was unveiled on June 22, 2010. The ambitious design links Plein 26, the art deco building opposite the Mauritshuis in The Hague which is part of the Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit de Witte, with the museum by means of an underground foyer, thus doubling the square footage and increasing its potential. The project is expected to be completed by mid 2014.
Dutch architect Hans van Heeswijk’s preliminary design, in which light and clarity are prominent, does justice to the international status of the Mauritshuis. The facilities will be expanded to include a new exhibition hall, an auditorium for lectures and conferences, and an education space. A new entrance will be created at the front of the building so visitors will fully appreciate its elegant façade. The shop and the café will also be refurbished. Construction will begin in 2012 and the project is expected to be completed mid-2014.
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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.
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Architect: Kingma Roorda architects
Location: Poortkade and Oosterscheldestraat, Zierikzee, The Netherlands
Design team: Ruurd Roorda, Klaas Kingma, Bas Kegge, Roelof Verheijen, Frank Velthuis, Niels van Ham
Developer: Loostad ontwikkeling, Apeldoorn / Bouwbedrijf Boender en Maasdam, Numansdorp
Urban plan: Rothuizen van Doorn ’t Hooft, Breda/Middelburg/Poznan
Structural engineer: Constructie- en Adviesburo van Moorsel, Waalwijk
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Rijk, Heinkenszand
External cladding: B+K Alusystemen, Zwolle
Project Area: 2,126 sqm (building 1), 1,545 sqm (building 2)
Start construction: 2008 (building 1), 2010 (building 2)
Completion construction: 2010 (building 1), 2012 (est.)
Photographs: René de Wit, Breda / Kingma Roorda architects, Rotterdam
DHV Architects shared with us their latest project. “Halo” is located in The Afsluitdijk, a major causeway located in The Netherlands. The Afsluitdijk is a major icon of Dutch engineering and is about to embark on a new future. Climate change forms the backdrop for sustainable development at the Afsluitdijk, whereby the Netherlands will once again push the boundaries of technological advancement.
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Architect: GROUP A
Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands
Project Team: Adam Visser, Folkert van Hagen, Maarten van Bremen, Birgitta Rottmann, Edwin Larkens, Jos Overmars, Mike von Tiesenhausen, Fatima El-bouyahyaoui, David Moreno Romero, Paulo Moreno, Nolly Vos, Daniël Gijsbers, Niclas Frenning
Contractor: Klaasens Bouwtechniek
Structural Engineer: DHV
Installations: Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs
Plot area: 3,000 sqm
Year of commision: 2005
Year of completion: 2009