Archinect - News 2017-06-23T01:23:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150010616/rotterdam-based-concept-store-groos-gets-a-revamp-from-mvrdv Rotterdam-based concept store Groos gets a revamp from MVRDV Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-02T17:17:00-04:00 >2017-06-02T17:17:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/by/bythbfdmxpt93r7j.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new store will focus on high-end Dutch design, art, and collaborations, yet still stay true to its original concept: to promote the local, multidisciplinary talent from Rotterdam to a wide audience.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/205993/rotterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rotterdam</a> concept store, Groos has moved to a bigger and more dynamic 300m2 space located at the historic Het Industriegebouw. The new stores' identity designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> restoring the existing facade and interior to its original industrial roots."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hy/hyfzhn9ntjl3iu1p.jpg"></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/6769/netherlands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dutch</a>&nbsp;concept&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/162452/store-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">store</a>'s new location will focus more on high-end design, art, and collaborations with a range of creatives.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y2/y2c828wfr5slxx2v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i2/i2ivgtohkhv2tm5d.jpg"></p><p>A large custom-built cabinet accommodates Groos' changing program by preserving maximum floor space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5n/5nz2tpdyirwsptya.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k7/k7a90pi1hbmec2eb.jpg"></p><p>Some of the other highlights include a display of original artworks on a bright pink wall, and a mint green candy counter designed by&nbsp;<a href="http://sabinemarcelis.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sabine Marcelis</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4c/4c6ffjtcviu9gp6f.jpg"></p><p>Tjeerd Hendriks, Groos co-founder, said:</p><p><em>"As the store and city evolved, it seemed right for us to take the next step as well.&rdquo; says Groos co-founder, Tjeerd Hendriks &ldquo;We started out in Het Schieblock in an up-and-coming neighborhood with minimum funds and now we are moving to a monumental and historical building with world renowned Architects, MVRDV as our neighbors, and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004554/this-architect-embellished-a-building-with-emoji-ornament This architect embellished a building with emoji ornament Nicholas Korody 2017-04-25T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T14:15:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/se/sebk6bywzjghcje9.jpg" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Emoji are going to be some of the most recognizable icons of the 21st century, says architect Changiz Tehrani, which is why he decided to cast 22 of them in concrete and use them as decoration for a building in the Dutch city of Amersfoort.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;In classical architecture they used heads of the king or whatever, and they put that on the fa&ccedil;ade,&rdquo; Tehrani told The Verge. &ldquo;So we were thinking, what can we use as an ornament so when you look at this building in 10 or 20 years you can say &lsquo;hey this is from that year!&rsquo;&rdquo; The answer was obvious: emoji.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kphvx71mmb1eqgnz.jpg"></p><p>The emojis cover only one side of the mixed-use building. Tehrani, who works for the Dutch practice Attika Architekten, based the emojis on the WhatsApp standard. "Only faces were chosen as they were the most expressive and recognizable emoji," the Verge reports.&nbsp;In his view, all architecture is timely&mdash;not timeless&mdash;so better to have fun with what's in vogue&nbsp;at the moment.</p><p>Started at the Gigantomachy frieze, now we're here. Thoughts?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vh/vh6d1neqp3c8pg7c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmj1phdw5rngga1c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8mnh3ejcmbujti4y.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003540/the-next-international-architecture-biennale-of-rotterdam-will-be-split-across-two-years-and-two-countries The next International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam will be split across two years and two countries Nicholas Korody 2017-04-20T12:14:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:33:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gosttfl6ed8v9b1r.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The next <a href="http://archinect.com/la-in-sz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam</a> (IABR) will be split in two parts, the first held in 2018 and the second in 2020. Appropriately dubbed IABR&mdash;2018+2020, it will be based in both the Netherlands and Belgium and use &ldquo;the world as its source of inspiration&rdquo;. This follows in line with a couple other major cultural events that have recently spread out from their original base, notably this year&rsquo;s documenta, which is held in both Kassel and Athens.</p><p>The curators of IABR&mdash;2018+2020 will be Floris Alkemade of Floris Alkemade Architectm, the Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands; Flemish Government Architect Leo Van Broeck of Bogdan &amp; Van Broeck; and Joachim Declerck of the Belgian practice Architecture Workroom Brussels.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2f/2f60l285qqcelqeb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xk/xka44zhwbqtgk01l.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z0/z00ak1b1z69cdjg2.jpg"></p><p>The Biennale will use the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143667350/what-the-paris-agreement-means-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris Agreement</a>&nbsp;as its impetus, which they consider &ldquo;an actual change of direction, a fundamental transition&rdquo;. To that end, the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta and the Low Countries serve as appropriate workspaces. The regions b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000256/the-dafne-schippers-bridge-in-utrecht-doubles-as-a-school-and-a-garden The Dafne Schippers Bridge in Utrecht doubles as a school and a garden Nicholas Korody 2017-03-29T17:07:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T11:05:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c14p1ulkbyovadiy.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/35939293/next-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEXT Architects</a> and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau in collaboration with Arup and Bureau B+B, the Dafne Schippers Bridge integrates a cycle and pedestrian bridge spanning the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal in Utrecht with a school and public garden. Opening on April 3, the bridge-cum-school is intended to make the bridge a &ldquo;destination&rdquo; as well as a piece of infrastructure.</p><p>"In one fluid movement, the cycle route, park, and school are brought together to form a cohesive whole of infrastructure, architecture, and landscape," states Marijn Schenk, NEXT architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r4/r4jbf98so4d86w8f.jpg"></p><p>In total, the Dafne Schippers Bridge measures 110 meters long. Its deck is 9 meters above the water. The Bridge is held between two asymmetric pylons. On the Leidsche Rijn side, the pylon is intended to serve as a landmark. On the side with the school, a smaller pylon lines up with a row of trees. 7,000 cyclists are expected to use the bridge on a daily basis to quicken their commute.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989838/reverting-from-an-industrial-base-to-social-capital-driven-economy-in-chelyabinsk-s-winning-master-plan Reverting from an industrial base to "social capital"-driven economy in Chelyabinsk's winning master plan Julia Ingalls 2017-02-02T13:12:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T22:07:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r0/r0kib5cidkpwaw6e.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects transform the driving economy of a preexisting city? The team of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/9162581/de-architekten-cie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">de Architekten Cie. + Felixx Landscape Architects &amp; Planners</a> won&nbsp;The&nbsp;City Administration of Chelyabinsk's&nbsp;competition to redesign the historical center of their formerly industrial town based on a scheme that fosters "the city as a breeding ground for social capital."&nbsp;According to a press release, the team's plan transforms the city of approximately 1.5 million people in three principal ways:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55rkvdgyxveetlgd.jpg"></p><p><strong>1. Grid: Inclusive realm</strong></p><p>Streets are the main public realms in the city. Apart from being spaces for car traffic, they serve as linear public spaces. The redevelopment and upgrading of streets allows for the integration of environmental infrastructure, the organization of slow traffic and public transportation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oz/ozvm07rw5iotrr8c.jpg"></p><p><strong>2. Blocks: Mixed-use program</strong></p><p>The existing blocks in the city leave a lot of empty space yet to be developed. The new masterplan proposes gradual transformation of the existing grid by replacing deteriorated ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980907/big-barcode-to-design-terraced-sluishuis-complex-in-amsterdam BIG + BARCODE to design terraced “Sluishuis” complex in Amsterdam Justine Testado 2016-11-30T18:58:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:51:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7vyqdz8ifmgn3m0q.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> has another terraced building in the works. This time around, the practice led a team with Rotterdam-based <a href="http://archinect.com/barcodearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BARCODE Architects</a> to design the competition-winning scheme for&nbsp;&ldquo;Sluishuis&rdquo;, a new 46,000 m2 mixed-use development proposed for IJburg Lake at the edge of Amsterdam.&nbsp;</p><p>The residential complex will be a&nbsp;&ldquo;building inside the port, with a port inside the building,&rdquo; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7054/bjarke-ingels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> says.&nbsp;Showing off different silhouettes at various vantage points, the building will also include 380 apartments,&nbsp;about&nbsp;4,000 m2 of commercial and public areas, 240 underground parking spaces,&nbsp;and a water-quality program that the architects say will provide enough room for up to 30 houseboats.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5e/5egol0tsmenteg8f.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y1/y18nct1y4qd60apt.jpg"></p><p>Toward the water, the building block lifts up to create a large opening that allows water from the IJ Lake to flow into the central courtyard as well as bring sunlight and views into the inner apartments of the building. The block then cascades downward and reveals more of itself toward the city.</p><p>A public promenade ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959215/inside-the-mvrdv-house-the-firm-s-new-family-home-style-office Inside the MVRDV House, the firm's new family home-style office Justine Testado 2016-07-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:34:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9o9nukxg2rzkmhr0.jpg" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> settled into their new office headquarters inside the remodeled Het Industriegebouw, nestled in the heart of Rotterdam. Now dubbed by the firm as the MVRDV House, the building was originally&nbsp;designed by iconic Dutch architect&nbsp;Hugh Maaskant in 1952.&nbsp;The new 2,400 square-meter interior is modeled like a family home, filled with ample working and gathering spaces that reflect the &ldquo;work hard, play hard&rdquo; balance many firms strive for in their office's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qt/qt716vdx3ty80x45.jpg"><br><em>Photo &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>Now with 140 employees based in Rotterdam,&nbsp;&ldquo;[t]he expanding MVRDV family needed a new house,&rdquo; says MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs.&nbsp;MVRDV's new office has&nbsp;&ldquo;everything that [a] home requires, a living room, a dining room, a sofa for the whole house to sit together,&rdquo; he described.&nbsp;Surrounded by various creative start-ups and design firms, MVRDV believes they fit right in their new neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gosqimz7vv9edwld.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6y/6yya6xtip74zn7nh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mn/mnei91wekwjka0ax.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>The Family Room serves as the firm's main communal space for social interaction...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940787/call-for-applications-2016-17-master-interior-architecture-and-retail-design-miard ­­Call for Applications 2016-17: Master Interior Architecture and Retail Design (MIARD) Sponsor 2016-05-09T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:55:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tl/tlg406z2doidwjnx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by the <a href="http://www.pzwart.nl/master-interior-architecture-retail-design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piet Zwart Institute</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>Final Deadline: May 15 2016 </strong><br>EU and Dutch applicants</p><p>The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy, part of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specialisation and interdisciplinary exchange in a vibrant learning environment.</p><p><strong>About the program:</strong></p><p>The Master of Interior Architecture &amp; Retail Design [MIARD] at the Piet Zwart Institute is a two-year, English Language postgraduate program.</p><p>Our international course situates itself in applied-research, experimentation, critical thinking and the professional field of interior architecture and developing spatial practice(s). We provide an educational platform to train and support designers to be critical and progressive in the field of interiors and to expand the bound...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149939182/mvrdv-is-building-a-giant-staircase-to-honor-rotterdam-s-post-wwii-reconstruction MVRDV is building a giant staircase to honor Rotterdam's post-WWII reconstruction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-08T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T03:48:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kp/kpqi2fuewk1cikt8.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As one of the first major structures built during Rotterdam's post-World War II reconstruction efforts, the centrally located Groot Handelsgebouw is a marker of the city's vision for urban development through the end of the 20th century, functioning both as an office complex and monument. Adjacent to the Stationsplein, the square in front of Rotterdam's Central Station where thousands of commuters pass through daily, the Groot Handelsgebouw area is a major hub and vantage point from which to survey the city.</p><p>MVRDV's The Stairs, a public staircase installation accessible for one month early this summer, honors all of these elements &ndash; providing a public space from which to view the city's development, linger in the square, enjoy the historic Groot Handelsgebouw's rooftop, and refer (through its scaffold-inspired design) to the ongoing construction efforts of post-WWII Rotterdam, the 75-year mark of which is being celebrated this year with the concurrent "Rotterdam celebrates the city!"...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144056373/a-bobbing-forest-will-soon-float-in-rotterdam-s-harbor-basin A Bobbing Forest will soon float in Rotterdam's harbor basin Alexander Walter 2015-12-23T14:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:36:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a3/a3426187f308fe144ed0508bde2b8bb5.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We all want our cities to be greener, but it is often quite hard to grow trees in a concrete environment. So, why not turn to waterfronts or lakes to place trees? Rotterdam will get its first &lsquo;bobbing forest&rsquo; in 2016: a collection of twenty trees that are floating in the Rijnhaven, a downtown harbor basin. [...] After experimenting with a sample tree last year, an entire floating forest of twenty trees is scheduled to be &lsquo;planted&rsquo; on March 16, 2016.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131579411/rotterdam-considers-paving-its-roads-with-recycled-plastic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141376057/preview-unstudio-s-new-arnhem-central-station-opens-tomorrow Preview: UNStudio's new Arnhem Central Station opens tomorrow Justine Testado 2015-11-18T18:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-18T12:10:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rg/rg8fx2d4ea46clqq.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After 19 years, the Arnhem Central Station masterplan will finally be complete with the public opening of the new transfer hall tomorrow. Since&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1138/unstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> won the competition in 1996, the journey to construct the urban development in the Dutch city of Arnhem was an arduous one filled with&nbsp;&ldquo;an enormous amount of setbacks and disasters&rdquo;, as principal Caroline Bos commented during a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140021505/building-a-collaborative-practice-caroline-bos-of-unstudio-lectures-at-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent public lecture</a>. The station is a meeting point for six modes of transportation and it accommodates about 55,000 travelers every weekday.</p><p>Collaboratively designed by UNStudio and <a href="http://archinect.com/arupassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a>, the new transfer hall has an extensive program that includes multiple above-ground levels consisting of local and regional bus terminals, taxi stands, service areas and corridors linked to train platforms, office and retail spaces, and a spacious entrance lobby. Bicycle storage and vehicle parking is also available both above and below ground level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5b/5bk66kxcwgd03ntn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iqkb7r6m9rg7xfbt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1q/1qjhlloz34fwt2tt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2x/2xubjts80c20c5d9.jpg"></p><p>A key aspect of the terminal's design was to enable passengers to move as s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138956251/mvrdv-completes-the-couch-their-eighth-project-in-amsterdam MVRDV completes The Couch, their eighth project in Amsterdam Justine Testado 2015-10-14T14:51:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:43:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/th/thezndwedpr1t16g.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the artificial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/362290/ijburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IJburg</a> island east of Amsterdam, the local Tennisclub IJburg now has an ultra modern clubhouse known as The Couch, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> and Studio Bouwkunde. Construction began later than <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86623493/mvrdv-to-start-construction-on-the-couch-a-club-house-for-tennisclub-ijburg-in-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">originally announced</a> last April and the building recently opened its doors to the public. Despite what one might assume, the new clubhouse won't serve as the central hub for the club's activities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0r/0rrvsjb9urhavc2e.jpg"></p><p>The finished design stayed true to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86623493/mvrdv-to-start-construction-on-the-couch-a-club-house-for-tennisclub-ijburg-in-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the renderings</a>. Aside its brick-red polymer-sprayed exterior and coordinating tennis courts, the 36-meter long clubhouse features a 322 m2 rooftop that dips in the center toward the south side of the building, and then ascends to the north side to a height of 7 meters. The rooftop therefore creates a tribune with terraced seating that can "comfortably" seat up to 200 spectators, as MVRDV describes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ff/ffrb5vzfpdmhx9ni.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x7/x79dib46su7jk0hr.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bf02wxjev72vko51.jpg"></p><p>Visitors lounging on the roof can watch a match in the center court or catch views of the IJburg on the other side. Anyone passing by the clubhouse can make a pit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132645838/urbancampsite-amsterdam-lets-visitors-camp-in-style-in-these-artsy-tents UrbanCampsite Amsterdam lets visitors camp in style in these artsy "tents" Justine Testado 2015-07-24T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:42:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2c9phhzs7m5m0ec.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you happen to find yourself wandering <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/362290/ijburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IJburg</a>'s Centrumeiland artificial island in Amsterdam this summer, you might encounter a peculiar group of art installations randomly camped out in what feels like the middle of nowhere. Although the installations alone are enough to draw in passers-by, they're actually part of UrbanCampsite Amsterdam, an outdoor public exhibition wherein you can, yes, go camping.</p><p>Founders Annette van Driel and Francis Nijenhuis launched UrbanCampsite Amsterdam this past June after a successful first exhibition last year. As a way to brighten up the "sandy piece of wasteland" on the IJburg island and attract visitors to the developing neighborhood, the project offers all the basics of outdoor camping&nbsp;&mdash; but appeals to anyone looking to add a "luxurious" artsy twist in their experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ji/jicekm5h54oim4cj.jpg"></p><p>The campsite features 12 very different installations mostly built out of waste materials. With an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287980/airbnb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> reservation, a lucky number of visitors can spend the night in these char...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park Justine Testado 2015-07-14T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b0/b0v3ahtp8ertr3dp.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rotterdam recently welcomed <a href="http://www.luchtsingel.org/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Luchtsingel</a>, a communal endeavor to spruce up the long-neglected Hofplein neighborhood in the heart of the city. Locally based architecture practice <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/87503546/zus-zones-urbaines-sensibles-b-v" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zones Urbaines Sensibles</a> (ZUS) devised The Luchtsingel in 2011. The focal point of the emerging "three-dimensional cityscape" is a nearly 400-meter wooden pedestrian bridge that was largely built from crowdsourced funds, accompanied by a network of refurbished public spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y484b5g4zwl05qg2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eikh35mt8q15r3eg.jpg"></p><p>"<em>Based on the idea of Permanent Temporality, the Luchtsingel introduces a new way of [city-making]. This means using the city's evolutionary character and existing forms as a starting point. Therefore, we have developed new instruments for design, financing, and planning,</em>" said ZUS partner Elma van Boxel in a statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/ql7y1kfr2xgxgxkc.jpg"></p><p>The project gained traction when ZUS set up the "I Make Rotterdam" crowdfunding campaign for the bridge. The campaign sold over 8,000 boards painted in a&nbsp;hard-to-ignore shade of yellow inscribed with the supporter's name...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130329271/dutch-court-mandates-reduction-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions Nicholas Korody 2015-06-24T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:13:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oj/oj3xfdzobsktd93t.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Dutch court has ordered the government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in a groundbreaking climate case that activists hope will set a worldwide precedent. A judge in The Hague said the state must &ldquo;ensure that the Dutch emissions in the year 2020 will be at least 25 percent lower than those in 1990.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots Justine Testado 2015-06-17T18:57:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T13:04:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6blqia0f0wcri1dr.jpg" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MX3D, a research and development startup company, will use robots to 3D print a pedestrian bridge across one of Amsterdam&rsquo;s canals. The versatile six-axis robotic arms will &lsquo;draw&rsquo; steel structures in 3D, starting from one side of the canal and building across until it reaches the other end. The robot will also print its own support, which allows it to work autonomously. The location of the bridge will be announced soon and construction is set to commence in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="New Googleplex will be built by robots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Googleplex will be built by robots</a></p><p><a title="Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125510369/liquid-metal-discovery-paves-way-for-shape-shifting-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots</a></p><p><a title="Robot gives a helping hand as Taubman College breaks ground on new school addition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125374469/robot-gives-a-helping-hand-as-taubman-college-breaks-ground-on-new-school-addition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robot gives a helping hand as Taubman College breaks ground on new school addition</a></p><p><a title="Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106961/self-folding-robot-based-on-origami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami</a></p><p><a title="Gensler LA wants to use drones to alleviate the scale limits of 3D printing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100171363/gensler-la-wants-to-use-drones-to-alleviate-the-scale-limits-of-3d-printing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler LA wants to use drones to alleviate the scale limits of 3D printing</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129635045/amsterdam-s-ambitious-ijburg-housing-project-on-10-artificial-islands-keeps-growing Amsterdam's ambitious IJburg housing project on 10 artificial islands keeps growing Alexander Walter 2015-06-15T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T18:28:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/35/35f8ce97adc02b354eddc3e817560e64.jpg" width="650" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Right now, Amsterdam&rsquo;s Center Island (Centrumeiland in Dutch) doesn&rsquo;t look like much [...] The island, in use for the first time this summer as a campsite-cum-art installation, is in fact an entirely artificial creation, lying at the heart of what could currently be Europe&rsquo;s boldest engineering and housing program. [...] The archipelago will eventually be home to up to 45,000 people in 18,000 homes, 30 percent of which will be earmarked for affordable rent.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127530502/nijmegen-s-new-approach-to-flood-control-and-urban-design Nijmegen's new approach to flood control — and urban design Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T16:35:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:13:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a3/a3adf1e10a14b1c1f568cc30a00c3e3a.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The people of Nijmegen aren&rsquo;t taking their good luck for granted. With climate change expected to bring more intense storms like the one in 1995 (and a previous one in 1993), the city is embarking on a massive flood-control project. That may be expected in the Netherlands, a low-lying country where most homes are built behind protective dikes [...]. But even here, the approach underway in Nijmegen is unusual, and filled with ideas that river cities anywhere can learn&nbsp;from.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127290790/mvrdv-s-nathalie-de-vries-elected-as-new-chair-of-the-royal-institute-of-dutch-architects MVRDV's Nathalie de Vries elected as new chair of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:49:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bf33886da9dc08d9bf6b05638b25d8cb.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Members' Council of the BNA has elected Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV as the new chair of its board. Nathalie de Vries will take over the position on July 1st from Willem Hein Schenk, architect and partner of architecture firm De Zwarte Hond, which he has held since 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126441260/oma-designed-nhow-amsterdam-rai-hotel-will-be-the-largest-in-benelux OMA-designed 'nhow Amsterdam RAI' hotel will be the largest in Benelux Alexander Walter 2015-04-29T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:12:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2c/2cf803667920654648a4cfa9b8ae85ff.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After years of delays, Amsterdam RAI is getting its own hotel and with its 650 rooms, Nhow RAI will win the title of&nbsp;largest hotel in the Netherlands.&nbsp;The design of the building was chosen from eleven candidates and is designed by Rem Koolhaas from well-known&nbsp;Rotterdam architecture firm OMA. [...] Among the features will be a virtual 3D holographic meeting space for having &ldquo;in person&rdquo; meetings with the holographs of people in another location.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/122068728/mecanoo-s-newly-opened-delft-train-station-hall-stays-true-to-its-city-roots Mecanoo's newly opened Delft train station hall stays true to its city roots Justine Testado 2015-03-03T21:46:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:30:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ea/eapvlyxzrc6q300o.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Six years after the project was first announced, Delft's new railway station hall opened its doors to the public this past Saturday. Designed by native Dutch firm Mecanoo, the new building purposefully nods to its cultural roots so that visitors arriving at the station will know from the get-go that they are in Delft indeed.</p><p>The station hall, which is the first phase of the development, is built above a new train tunnel that will replace an old 1965 concrete viaduct by 2017. Amsterdam/Aachen-based Benthem Crouwel, who worked on the Rotterdam Centraal Station, designed the station's below-ground platforms.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qqn80vsbpew0krpk.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcvytzrf72m4pqv7.jpg"></p><p>With Francesco Veenstra as design lead, Mecanoo focused on balancing Delft's rich history with its present and future for their design concept. As expected, the Delft Blue color scheme is rampant throughout the building's exterior and interior.</p><p>The building's outer fused-glass skin was designed to "reflect the Dutch skies" and features a lens-like sphere pattern that refers to a commo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121199869/amsterdam-s-ugly-architecture-from-the-70s-proves-resilient-against-gentrification Amsterdam's "ugly" architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-02-20T13:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T20:20:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/66/66eed296c58bc113faa1a3079ec2496f.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In times when the rest of the city is rapidly becoming extremely expensive, Amsterdam&rsquo;s ugly light gray and pink-yellow housing blocks are staying affordable, with rents contingent on income. Their continued presence in the city is becoming a memorial for a once-existing Amsterdam, in which almost all space in the city was equally distributed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113901319/inside-the-dutch-village-where-everyone-has-dementia Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-17T19:50:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T22:43:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/47/47f3e781364f92d3c16c10830676875b.jpg" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed &ldquo;Dementia Village&rdquo; by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility&mdash;roughly the size of 10 football fields&mdash;where residents are given the chance to live seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it&rsquo;s run like a more benevolent version of The Truman Show [...] Last year, CNN reported that residents at Hogewey require fewer medications, eat better, live longer, and appear more joyful than those in standard elderly-care facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adapting to an unprecedented aging population means adjusting elder-care expectations and forms. So-called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Silver" architecture</a>&nbsp;aims to address this growing population, but what about an urbanism of the elderly? Knowing that <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/2012/04/24/the-importance-of-being-social/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active social bonds can actually have long-term health benefits</a>, why not "silver" urbanism?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112585338/new-c-city-museum-district-breaks-ground-in-the-netherlands New "C-City" museum district breaks ground in The Netherlands Justine Testado 2014-11-01T12:03:00-04:00 >2015-06-05T15:49:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9h/9hulc3g02zgteegf.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Continium.&nbsp;Cube. Columbus. What sounds like characters in a comic book series is really the three defining components in "C-City", a new museum district located at the entrance into the Dutch-German border town of Kerkrade. Designed by Rotterdam-based <a href="http://www.shifta.nl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shift Architecture Urbanism</a>, the &euro;20.5 million project recently broke ground and is currently scheduled to open by the end of 2015.</p><p>C-City will bring technology, science, and design in one integrated museum district. Next to the existing Discovery Centre Continium will be the C-Square, a sunken-square space for&nbsp; student labs, restaurants, and other public amenities. C-Square will also serve as an underground pathway landscape that connects all of C-City's facilities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ar/arj0xcg6t7gf6i54.jpg"></p><p>The Continium will also be joined by the Cube and Columbus buildings. The Cube will house The Netherland's first design museum whereas Columbus was designed as an inverse planetarium theater &mdash; making it the first building of its kind in Europe. In addition to the museum gall...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111259168/a-closer-look-at-unstudio-s-new-theatre-de-stoep-in-spijkenisse-the-netherlands A closer look at UNStudio’s new Theatre de Stoep in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands Justine Testado 2014-10-14T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j28xsdkun8dymhxa.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the Dutch town of Spijkenisse, the Theatre de Stoep designed by UNStudio recently celebrated its grand public opening, not long after the theater was completely realized. Inspired by the type of liveliness only experienced through live theater performances, the new cultural theater features undulating edges and a striking color palette of white and vivid purple, and circular LED lights on its fa&ccedil;ade.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xj/xj08h44u9g197vnl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kw/kwhekspdeitrngbf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rm/rmax483sit5u22uw.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2n/2noz7l1lmb0jrhhb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rrzbqet296xs4ta.jpg"></p><p>Check out a timelapse video of the theater's construction below. More details about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/A_closer_look_at_unstudios_new_theatre_de_stoep_in_spijkenisse_the_netherla/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110277897/has-floating-architecture-s-moment-finally-arrived Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? Archinect 2014-10-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T06:56:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/05bcb2beaf2c700961e44430708f6a2d.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a quiet, shady street in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis and the design team at Waterstudio are changing the world. From this deceptively nondescript headquarters, Waterstudio is designing the cities of the future. If Olthuis has his way, they will be safer, more flexible and more resilient than current cities. How will he do this? Olthuis is designing floating cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104790101/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-2-the-urban-metabolism IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 2: The Urban Metabolism Sponsor 2014-07-25T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T19:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rq/rq683ir2b84tpqfu.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103866344/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-1-a-planet-cultivated IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 1: A Planet Cultivated Sponsor 2014-07-21T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T23:02:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s4/s4fs8pyn2shknzkq.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, recently wrapped up a packed roster of conferences, debates, lectures, excursions and other events spanning over several weeks.</p><p>URBAN BY NATURE&ndash; focuses on the interdependence of society and nature and the intricate relationship between city and landscape. Six separate exhibitions, still on display&nbsp;until Sunday, August 24 at the Kunsthal and the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, showcase almost one hundred projects that address these issues.</p><p>In this article, we highlight the first of the six exhibitions, <em>A PLANET CULTIVATED</em>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q26jkeprllkovldd.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo 2: Aranzadi Park (Aldavoyer Architecture) &copy; Gerencia de Urbanismo, Ayuntamiento de Pamplona</em></p><p>Today, there are more trees in parks and nurseries than there are in forests. What we call nature is never free of human intervention: whether as small-scale as parks, or as large-scale as the climate. At the same time, we are part of nature. Now that more than 50 ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104422375/italian-team-wins-first-place-at-the-solar-decathlon-europe-2014 Italian team wins first place at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 Justine Testado 2014-07-17T20:32:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:09:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hv/hvwe7tylh6f0ut8w.jpg" width="650" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The top three winners of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 were recently announced during the awards ceremony this past weekend in Versailles, France. For two years, the 20 student teams worked to build a full-scale, fully functioning solar-powered house.</p></em><br /><br /><p>(Pictured above) <strong>1st Place/Overall: </strong>"Rhome for Dencity" by Team Rhome (Universit&aacute; Degli Studi di Roma TRE)</p><p><strong>2nd Place:</strong> "Phil&eacute;as" by Atlantic Challenge (Nantes, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/7240nedqzdse327u.jpg"></p><p><strong>3rd Place:</strong> "A Home with a Skin" by Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-loger (TU Delft, The Netherlands)<br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94365163/saving-face-pr-t-loger-designs-solar-powered-skin-to-preserve-dutch-row-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(Previously on Archinect)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rcjzocsjqyv4ikja.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/italian_team_wins_first_place_at_the_solar_decathlon_europe_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100707493/new-u-s-embassy-in-the-hague-netherlands-breaks-ground New U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands breaks ground Justine Testado 2014-05-30T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-05-30T13:51:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hd/hdpdlr4o9omoec3u.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over in The Hague in The Netherlands, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) celebrated the groundbreaking of the new U.S. Embassy earlier this week. Located on a 10-acre site in the Wassenaar municipality, some features of the $206 million project will include a chancery office building, a U.S. Marine Corps residence, a utility building, and multiple access pavilions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/450/moore-ruble-yudell-architects-planners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moore Ruble Yudell Architects &amp; Planners</a> of Santa Monica, CA will be project architect with Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery, AL for construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/ern0w6za9f8c4loo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxi517q4jftroxj3.jpg"></p><p>Find more about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/new_u.s._embassy_in_the_hague_netherlands_breaks_ground/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>