Ongoing

Living Building, Re-design green office, The Academy Campus, Micro Housing,  NACH – New Amsterdam Court House PPS (i.c.w. Heijmans, Kaan Architecten, DVP, ABT, Facilicom a.o.),  Local Landscapes (i.c.w. Buiting Advies),

Completed s.a.

Pavilion De Dame (i.c.w. UC Architects), Uptown Groningen (i.c.w. UC Architects), Carnival Training Centre (i.c.w. PdR Architecten, ZUS, Van Rossum, Dura Vermeer), Vechtdal (i.c.w. UrbanXchange), Concept Floriade Venlo (i.c.w. Total Identity), The Tube (i.c.w. University Warsaw), Green Park Aalsmeer (i.c.w. Total Identity, H+N+S, Twynstra Gudde), Buildings Move (i.c.w. PdR, Fakton, Arup), Brettenzone, Diemerpark (i.c.w. Total Identity), Eemcentrum Amersfoort (i.c.w, Boer en Croon)

Good swimming

In M., people used to swim in the river. When you stepped into the water and walked a few meters, you would feel the current and force of the water. Later, part of the river was marked off with beaters and rope – delineating where you could swim. A diving board was installed. During the swim you could still feel some of the current and the slippery bottom when you stretched your legs. And you could also see the cows on the other side of the river. Lees meer

Sweet homes

We are now working on designing houses for people who actually would not have thought that they would be able to owe a house in their lives. These houses barely use energy and they are being cleverly financed, such that they are affordable. It is often the case in this segment of the market that work is being done somewhat routinely, because there is not much to choose and the supply is scarce. That is exactly why we are going to design houses that express something different. These houses are based on the love for those who will inhabit them for an entire, or half of their life. That much seems fair to us, houses in which people will feel somewhat better, even if it is just now and then or only for a little while. 

The world above

The inhabitants of the city K. felt the earth shaking for several years now. And everybody knew that the stronger tremblings would eventually approach the city. The first cracks were, indeed, appearing here and there. That is why the people were very cautious and during day- and nighttime they involuntarily watched what was happening beneath them. The inhabitants of the city K. almost never looked up. And so they didn’t notice that between themselves and the world above very lightly constructed buildings were forming that floated above the existing buildings. As if the city K. was trying to disengage itself from the unreliable earth and had far more confidence in the laws of thin air. 

Silence in the city

An exterior door, a vestibule, another door, and then a silent space where light fell in from above. The small buildings appeared in several cities, more or less simultaneously. Always on an inconspicuous place; never on the middle of a square or overtly visible. Sometimes they relocated. That also explains why it took some time before people ascertained the existence of these silent spaces; constantly the same design, simple and self-evident. The door was opened in the morning and closed at dusk. It turned out that silence in the center of town attracted ever more visitors. Nobody talked about the reason why. 

Lifted existence

On the other side of the river there is a building at which passers-by often glance upwards, and then look again. Not because it is either a very impressive building or because there is something spectacular happening high above them. Something very different is going on. The building consists of floors of which it could be easily established that they ‘re not designed for that particular height. Sometimes it is even said that the floors were lived on at that particular time.Nobody knows exactly when, but years ago these floors had been randomly put on top of each other so that a vertical settlement came into being. Exactly because the appearance and design of all those floors have little to do with height, it seemed as if the vertical settlement is higher than it actually is. It is not about something made of concrete and stone; here, the world itself is lifted and it seems that this is why the people who have let themselves be lifted along live there for such a long time.   Lees meer

Hotel development

Somewhere in the capital there was once a hotel that, when people walked in, differed from itself every day. The furniture was arranged differently, the colors were changed, the incidence of light, the sounds; and also the behavior of the people who worked there developed along with every new physical readjustment, even if it was minimal and subtle. This constant change was also tangible for those who visited the hotel only once and were, in fact, unable to make a comparison between the last or next day. After a while the hotel had many regular guests – of which some practically lived there – because the constant change of their surrounding had a positive effect on them. 

De-materialization

That matter arises from energy we know since the days of Einstein. Still we often forget this relation, especially when it comes to the creation of physical space. When our surrounding is insufficiently connected to non-material features there arises a thing-like collection of designed manifestations that we have become accustomed to call architecture. It is possible to do that differently, for instance by grounding the design-process of space on non-material issues. That results in buildings that are, indeed, made of stone or wood, but that do derive their presence first and foremost from their existential contribution to life.

Another building

One day, about twelve people were seated at a long table; together they formed the building team. These people were good at their profession. One could draw and design. Another was good at constructing or had knowledge of technical installations. And there was someone present who was used to think from within an environment. There were also people at the table who were perfectly capable of coming up with cost calculations. And others were used to arrange things. This building team went to work for months in a row. Lees meer