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Powerhouse and Benthem Crouwel Propose Sponge-Inspired Athlete Village for 2022 Asian Games

12:30 - 22 August, 2018
Powerhouse and Benthem Crouwel Propose Sponge-Inspired Athlete Village for 2022 Asian Games, © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins.
© Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins.

Powerhouse Company and Benthem Crouwel Architects have revealed their vision for the 2022 Asian Games Athlete Village International Zone in Hangzhou, China. The “Sponge City” proposal explores the sandy connection between land and water on a site which has recently been reclaimed from the sea.

The scheme, designed in collaboration with landscape architects SMARTLAND and Chinese firm UAD, forms a competition entry for the design of the village, the results of which are expected in August/September 2018. The team is one of six competing, including AS+P, SO-IL, NEXT Architects, Jadric Architektur, and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

© Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. + 7

Look Inside a Collection of Dutch Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

06:00 - 6 July, 2018
Look Inside a Collection of Dutch Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, Studioninedots. Image © Marc Goodwin
Studioninedots. Image © Marc Goodwin

Having previously assembled sets of images featuring the offices of architecture firms in Dubai, London, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, the Nordic countries, and Barcelona, architectural photographer Marc Goodwin continues the series with an exploration of 17 large and small offices in the Netherlands. Occupying buildings formerly used as offices, banks and old factories, the interior and exterior images capture a glimpse of the lives of these designers and their daily architectural surroundings.

"Past, Present, Future": Leading Dutch and Italian Designers on Being an Architect Yesterday, Today, and Beyond

09:30 - 13 June, 2018

Architecture is always evolving. The practice and business of architecture are undoubtedly evolving alongside the more obvious technological advances, but what we often forget is that there are no new ideas. When it comes to design, what we see manifested in our daily lives is the result of evolution. And at the root of that design evolution is inspiration.

A new initiative from Gianpiero Venturini and his firm Itinerant Office titled Past, Present, Future aims to open a research path based on the analysis of successful practices in the 21st Century while ultimately providing a new form of inspiration for the next generations of architects and designers. The documentary series begins with a select group of 11 international architects, including Jacob van Rijs, co-founder of MVRDV, Mario Cucinella, and Simone Sfriso, co-founder of TAMassociati. Each architect is featured in three video interviews in which they reveal the methodology behind their designs, the themes and approaches within their architectural practice, and the predictions they have for architecture in the near and distant future.

Canada House Dublin / Powerhouse Company

17:00 - 13 April, 2018
Canada House Dublin / Powerhouse Company, © Kim Zwarts
© Kim Zwarts

© Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts + 16

  • Interiors Designers

    Powerhouse Company
  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland
  • Area

    6500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

inSports Beijing / Powerhouse Company

21:00 - 7 January, 2017
inSports Beijing / Powerhouse Company, © Wu Qingshan
© Wu Qingshan

© Wu Qingshan © Wu Qingshan © Wu Qingshan © Wu Qingshan + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Nanne de Ru, Stijn Kemper
  • Design Team

    Anne Larsen, Ryanne Janssen, Thomas Grievink, Frank Loer, Borys Kozlowski, Yoko Cao, Erik Hoogendam, Mika Woll, Matteo Pavanello
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Villa CG / Powerhouse Company

05:00 - 6 December, 2016
Villa CG / Powerhouse Company, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Team

    Nanne de Ru, Stijn Kemper, Ryanne Janssen, Stefan de Meijer, Donna van Milligen Bielke
  • Local architect

    Van der Jeugd architecten
  • Masterplan

    ArchitektenCie
  • Structural Engineer

    Breed Integrated Design
  • MEP advisor

    Adviesbureau Dijkoraad-Wiecherink
  • MEP contractor

    Mulder-Lammertink installatie
  • Interior

    de stijl interieur & design
  • Area

    240.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Maastricht Pathé Theatres / Powerhouse Company

05:00 - 3 December, 2016
Maastricht Pathé Theatres / Powerhouse Company, © Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman

© Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman + 10

  • Architects

    Powerhouse Company 

  • Location

    Maastricht, the Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Nanne de Ru, Stefan Prins, Dik Houben, Stefan de Meijer, Jeffrey Ouwens
  • Interior

    EUP Design
  • Area

    5000.0 m2
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Nanne de Ru / Powerhouse

01:00 - 13 October, 2014

At the ARKIMEET event in Istanbul, Turkey, we had the chance to catch up with Nanne de Ru, a co-founder of Powerhouse Company and the current director at The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture.

“I think architectural thinking is quite often about how to manage complexity,  how to manage the complexity of different stakeholders -- an architect is a mediator between those different demands.  And politics operates quite often in similar ways,” he said on the connection between architecture and politics. “I think what politics and architecture have in common is the need for strategy and for thinking and to design strategies."

Check out some of Powerhouse Company’s designs below and watch the full video above to see what else de Ru has to say about politics, empathy and education in architecture.

AD Interviews: Nanne de Ru / Powerhouse AD Interviews: Nanne de Ru / Powerhouse AD Interviews: Nanne de Ru / Powerhouse AD Interviews: Nanne de Ru / Powerhouse + 5

Çanakkale Antenna Tower / IND [Inter.National.Design] + Powerhouse Company

00:00 - 27 February, 2014
Çanakkale Antenna Tower  / IND [Inter.National.Design] + Powerhouse Company, © MIR
© MIR

Beating out an impressive shortlist of architectural heavyweights, including Sou Fujimoto Architects, Snøhetta, and FR-EE/Fernando Romero Enterprise, IND [Inter.National.Design] + Powerhouse Company, in collaboration with ABT, have won the Çanakkale Antenna Tower Competition to design a 100-meter Observation and Broadcast Tower for the historic city of Çanakkale in western Turkey.The tower will be completed in 2015, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Galipoli.

Interestingly, this is the second design for an "iconic" antenna tower we've seen this month; you can check out Smiljan Radic's winning design for the antenna tower that will alter the skyline of Santiago, Chile here. And read after the break for IND + Powerhouse Company's description of their winning design.

Erasmus Pavilion / Powerhouse Company + DeZwarteHond

01:00 - 15 January, 2014
© Christian van der Kooy
© Christian van der Kooy
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Project Leader

    Stefan Prins
  • Partners in Charge

    Nanne de Ru, Willem Hein Schenk
  • Team

    Sander Apperlo, Sybren Woudstra, Anja Lübke, Anne Larsen, Sijmen de Goede, Søren Harder Nielsen
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Rene de Wit © Christian van der Kooy © Christian van der Kooy © Christian van der Kooy + 20

Danish Summer House / Powerhouse Company

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
Danish Summer House / Powerhouse Company, © Åke E. Son Lindman
© Åke E. Son Lindman

© Åke E. Son Lindman © Åke E. Son Lindman © Åke E. Son Lindman © Åke E. Son Lindman + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Denmark
  • Architect in Charge

    Charles Bessard
  • Design Team

    Charles Bessard, Lotte Adolph Bessard, Ted Schauman, Kristina Tegner, Peter Nilsson
  • Project Leader

    Lotte Adolph Bessard
  • Structural Engineering

    Ove Heede Consult ApS
  • Energy Consultancy

    Ellehauge & Kildemoses
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Nykredit Motivation Prize 2012 Awarded to Powerhouse Company

11:00 - 3 June, 2012
Student Center EUR - Courtesy of Powerhouse Company
Student Center EUR - Courtesy of Powerhouse Company

Powerhouse Company, an office that focuses on the fields of architecture, urban design and research, was recently awarded the Nykredit Motivation Prize 2012. The prize of over 13.000 euros was handed out by the Danish Minister for Culture, Uffe Elbæk, at a ceremony held at Nykredit’s headquarters in Copenhagen. A practice established by architects Nanne de Ru and Charles Bessard with offices in respectively Rotterdam and Copenhagen, they are an example of one of the new global-Danish architectural practices starting to mark its presence on the Danish architectural scene. More information after the break.

Powerhouse Company: Ouvertures

12:00 - 11 February, 2012

Spiral House / Powerhouse Company

00:00 - 30 October, 2009
Spiral House / Powerhouse Company, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    France
  • Partner In Charge

    Charles Bessard
  • Client

    Withheld
  • Contractor

    Covre Charpente Sarl, Berthoud toiture, Ets Favérial, SA Gandin
  • Budget

    300.000 €
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Rien ne va Plus, an exhibition by Powerhouse Company

12:30 - 20 October, 2009
© Christiaan van der Kooy
© Christiaan van der Kooy

Over the last few months architectural firm Powerhouse Company have been working on the project Rien ne va Plus. This project consists of a research on the economic crisis and its intricate relation with architecture. This research resulted in an exhibition, that takes place at the architectural instute NAiM/Bureau Europa in Maastricht (The Netherlands), a reader that was published in collaboration with the magazine A10 and a series of debates.

You can also find the architect’s description after the break, along with photos of the exhibition taken by Johannes Schwartz and Christiaan van der Kooy, and a video created by Powerhouse Company.

XXLong Summerhouse / Powerhouse Company

00:00 - 8 November, 2008
XXLong Summerhouse / Powerhouse Company

XXLong Summerhouse / Powerhouse Company XXLong Summerhouse / Powerhouse Company XXLong Summerhouse / Powerhouse Company XXLong Summerhouse / Powerhouse Company + 7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Børkop Munchipal, Denmark
  • Partner In Charge

    Charles Bessard
  • Project Team

    Nanne de Ru, Charles Bessard, Mads Lassen, Thomas Lund, Anders Lyhne
  • Structural Engineer

    Tonny Hovborg
  • Engineering

    Carl Peter Adolph
  • Project Year

    2008

Villa 1 / Powerhouse Company

00:00 - 23 October, 2008
Villa 1 / Powerhouse Company, Courtesy of Powerhouse Company
Courtesy of Powerhouse Company

Courtesy of Powerhouse Company Courtesy of Powerhouse Company Courtesy of Powerhouse Company Courtesy of Powerhouse Company + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    The Netherlands
  • Partner In Charge

    Nanne de Ru
  • Project Team

    Nanne de Ru, Charles Bessard, Anne Luetkenhues
  • Structural Engineer

    BREED ID, Gilbert van der Lee
  • Lighting

    LS2 and BEDA electro
  • Contractor

    Valleibouw BV Veenendaal
  • Project Year

    2008