Wilfried van Winden (b. Delft, 1955) is a Dutch architect who is internationally celebrated for his design for the Inntel Hotel in Zaandam in the Netherlands.
Education and work
Van Winden studied architecture at Delft University of Technology. He co-founded the Molenaar & Van Winden Architecten bureau in 1985 and was one of the driving forces behind its development into an organisation with 50 staff.
Van Winden left this practice in January 2009 to establish a new, independent bureau: WAM architects. Besides his design for the Inntel Hotel, Wilfried van Winden’s major projects include the Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam, De Oriënt residential complex in the Transvaal district of The Hague, and De Marquant residential development in Breda and currently the Embassy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in The Hague. Each project embodies his idiosyncratic outlook on the profession.
An investigative and critical architect
Alongside his work as a designer, Wilfried van Winden conducts research and writes articles and essays on a diversity of subjects. A comprehensive study into the design of Dutch and German motorways resulted in the 2007 publication De diabolische snelweg (The diabolical motorway), which Van Winden co-authored with Wim Nijenhuis. In 2010 Van Winden published a theoretical tract, Fusion: Pleidooi voor een sierlijke architectuur in een open samenleving (Fusion: An appeal for a decorative architecture in an open society; Amsterdam: SUN Publishers, 2010), in which he advocates a decorative architecture as a Fusion of different identities and phenomena.
Wilfried van Winden often gives lectures and regularly participates in debates and symposiums in the Netherlands and abroad. Invited by the Lousiana Museum for Modern Art near Copenhagen, WAM architecten made a contribution to the exhibition, ‘Frontiers of Architecture III Living Homeland’ (2011).
The Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2011.
WAM architecten, Delft, NL, Director & Owner
Delft University of Technology, Architecture Faculty, MArch, Architecture