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XML is a young architecture office founded by Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder in 2008. From its base in Amsterdam, XML is involved in worldwide cross-disciplinary projects with a strong interest in the cultural dimension of architecture.
XML is committed to developing architectures that both reflect and provoke contemporary ways of life. By understanding program organization as a key strategy within each project, XML aims to establish new relations between buildings and society. Projects are fuelled by an interest in the contemporary city as a source of cultural production and a strong dedication to the materialization of ideas.
The work of XML is characterized by a research-driven approach. XML continuously operates on a wide range of scales, from developing a series of spatial scenarios for the 2028 Olympic Games in the Netherlands for the Dutch Government to designing a multi-use building in the heart of Amsterdam, and researching and designing the interior architecture of the plenary hall of parliaments.
XML's approach and work have been awarded numerous prizes, including a first prize for Almere in the Europan 9 competition. In the Europan 10 competition, XML was the first office to be successful in three locations, winning a first prize for their project in Tallinn and receiving honourable mentions for their proposals in Munich and Madrid. The office has also received grants from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts in recognition of their promising contribution to the field of architecture. The office is continuously active in the academic field, having held teaching positions at TU Delft and at the Dessau Institute of Architecture.
Krelis Louwenstraat 1
Amsterdam, NL , 1055KA
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