Olympic Stadium Amsterdam / René van Zuuk Architects

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Architects: René van Zuuk Architects b.v.
Location: , The Netherlands
Structural Engineer: ABT bv
Contractor: Gebr. Beentjes GWW bv
Area: 940 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of René van Zuuk Architects

House IV / De Bever Architecten

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Architects: De Bever Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Stefan de Bever, Heleen van Heel, Wim Poell, Emilia Seroviec, Thomas van Weert
Area: 77 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Norbert van Onna

Hotel Aitana IJdock / Bakers Architecten + Ben Loerakker

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Architects: Bakers Architecten, Ben Loerakker
Location: IJdock, , Netherlands
Design Team: Jan Bakers, Martijn Boer, Remko Verkaar, Frank Stahl, Erik Feenstra, Anna Alegre
Interior Architect: Tomás Alía
Master Plan: Dick van Gameren en Bjarne Mastenbroek
Interior Architect Restaurant: Bakers Architecten
Tenant Hotel: Room Mate Hotels
Tenant Restaurant: Vitam BV
Area: 18400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall, Frank Stahl

Koolhaas Revamps UN Building’s Modernist-Era Lounge

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Dutch designers, Rem Koolhaas and Hella Jongerius, have revamped the delegates’ lounge in the United Nations building just in time for the 68th General Assembly this week. The “workshop of peace” lounge space, originally designed in 1952 by Wallace K. Harrison in collaboration with renowned modernists Le Corbusier and Oscar Neimeyer, now sports a range of pastel-colored sofas and lounge chairs, opting for minimal intervention in attempts to maximize the social space. Read more about the UN North Delegates lobby on Gizmodo.

Netherlands Forensic Institute / Claus en Kaan Architecten

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Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
Location: , South Holland,
Project Team: Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Allard Assies, Henri van Bennekom, Valéry Didelon, Gabriella Fiorentini, Michael Geensen, Artsje Hijlkema, Carl de Leeuw, Eric van Noord, Hannes Ochmann, Björn Scharwei, Kartsen Schellmat, Heidi Serbruyns, Kim Sneyders, Pasquale Talerico, Thierry Voellinger, Martin Zwinggi
Client: The Government Buildings Agency
Area: 28,500 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters

BarentsKrans / Hofman Dujardin Architects

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Architects: Hofman Dujardin Architects
Location: The Hague,
Project Team: Michiel Hofman, Barbara Dujardin, Bo Winnubst, Pieter Mulder, Nicola Placella, Stan Flohr and Jeroen Semeijn
Project Management: CBRE
Area: 5,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Matthijs van Roon

Studio Boot / Piet Hein Eek + Hilberink Bosch Architecten

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Architects: Hilberink Bosch Architecten, Piet Hein Eek
Location: Van Tuldenstraat 2, 5211 TG ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

10x10x10 House / 123DV Architecture & Consult

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Architects: 123DV Architecture & Consult
Location: Leidsche Rijn, , The Netherlands
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christiaan de Bruijne

Orion Wageningen University / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

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Architects: Ector Hoogstad Architecten
Location: Bronland, Wageningen UR (University & Research centre), 6708WH Wageningen,
Design Team: Joost Ector, Max Pape, Stijn Rademakers, Lennaert van Capelleveen, Sander Visscher, Lesley Bijholt, Nejra Vaizovic, Rena Logara, Joost van der Linden, Arja Hoogstad, Sabine Alders, Luca Sandri, Maarten van Nierop, Damion Schwarzkachel
Area: 21030.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Petra Appelhof

Software Engineers Map All the Buildings in the Netherlands

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The Waag Society, together with designer and software engineer Bert Spaan, have put the Netherlands back on the map – the data map. After several months of coding and design, the partnership has managed to account for all 9,866,539 buildings in the country, visualized in varying colors to identify old and new buildings. After a user clicks on a specific block, additional building and city information displays square footages, addresses, populations and programs, among other stats. Users can navigate from Amsterdam to the Hague experiencing hundreds of years of urban development along the way, from the pre-1800s to post-2005 buildings, indicated by the red to blue gradient. 

Block 13-14 / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur Stedebouw Prototypes

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Architects: Burton Hamfelt Architectuur Stedebouw Prototypes
Location: , The Netherlands
Associate Architects: BD Architectuur, Arnhem
Area: 30,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Waanders In de Broeren / BK. Architecten

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Architects: BK. Architecten
Location: Achter de Broeren 1, , The Netherlands
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs:  Joop van Putten, Hans Westerink

Residential St. Josephhof / Mecanoo

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Architects: Mecanoo
Location: Sint Josephhof, 6511 ,
Area: 8,000 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Christian Richters

The People’s Architect: Dutch Residents Pay Tribute by Crowdfunding Future Piet Blom Museum

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“Architecture is more than creating a place to live,” stated the late Dutch architect, Piet Blom, “you create a society.” Till his death in 1999, Blom designed homes and urban schemes as if to reject the stern, coldness of post-war Modernism in light of a warmer, more human architecture. His drawings, diagrams and homes portray an affectionate commitment to reconcile elements of culture with the architecture around us. Characterized by his use of lively colors and equally expressive architectural geometries, project’s such as the “” and the cube houses in stand as testaments to his belief that architecture serves the people, not the other way around.

A true “People’s Architect,” Blom’s work has endeared a growing number supporters, among these are residents who have lived in his houses and are hoping to garner donations to share these artifacts with the public. Ingeborg van der Aa, secretary of the Piet Blom Foundation, mentions that the initiative’s mission is to promote recognition, new insight and appreciation with the hopes of encouraging a younger generation to be active creators of their society.

To learn more or contribute towards the Piet Blom Museum, visit there Indiegogo page here

Follow us after the break for a rare collection of Blom’s drawings. 

Why is Cycling Part of Being Dutch?

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Did you know that there are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands? And, up to 70% of all commutes are made by bike in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague. To accommodate such a huge number of bike-enthusiasts, bike parking facilities can be found everywhere – outside schools, office buildings and shops. Not to mention the fact that many Dutch cities even have special bike paths that are completely segregated from motorized traffic with signs that read “Bike Street: Cars are guests.” Read this BBC article to learn why the Dutch are so bike crazy and find out Why Cycle Cities Are the Future here on ArchDaily.

Exodus Cube / Personal Architecture BNA

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Architects: Personal Architecture
Location: Overblaak 56, ,
Architect In Charge: Maarten Polkamp, Sander van Schaik
Design Team: Leendert van Grinsven, Wiepkjen Kingma, Froukje van de Klundert
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: René de Wit

Hyperion Lyceum / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

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Architects: Burton Hamfelt Architectuur
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 2,210 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

Residence Bemmel / Maxim Winkelaar + Bob Ronday

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Architects: Maxim Winkelaar + Bob Ronday
Location: ,
Area: 335 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Chiel de Nooyer