RoundAround dynamic “bridge” is made of autonomous boats

Carlo Ratti and his team at MIT’s Senseable City Lab have come up with a “bridge” made of continuously circling autonomous boats for a tricky patch of Amsterdam‘s waterway. The robot boats, appropriately known as Roboats, use cameras, lidar  – a detection system that uses laser –and algorithms to operate without human drivers. They communicate […]

Barend Koolhaas slots steel and basalt gallery between two Amsterdam houses

Barend Koolhaas created Eenwerk & IBO, a gallery and graphic design studio, by slotting a basalt and steel structure between two brick houses, in Amsterdam. One of the 20th-century brick houses has been renovated and is occupied by the design studio, Irma Boon Office (IBO). Eenwork, the gallery run by Boon’s partner, occupies the new […]

Hermès takes over MVRDV’s Crystal Houses in Amsterdam

A glass-fronted townhouse designed by MVRDV now serves as a store for luxury fashion brand Hèrmes, with warm-tone interiors by French design agency RDAI. Dutch architecture firm MVRDV completed the townhouse’s partially see-through facade back in 2016, using hundreds of specially-engineered glass bricks and a transparent high-strength glue. Named Crystal Houses, the building is nestled amongst […]

Space Encounters uses soft partitions to divide spacious Flowpolis office in Amsterdam

Translucent curtains and rows of white columns help to divide but not segment this real-estate office in Amsterdam, designed by local studio Space Encounters. Space Encounters created the space within Tripolis, an Aldo Van Eyck-designed office complex characterised by faceted towers and primary-coloured windows. Located in the bustling borough of Amsterdam-Zuid, the 550 square-metre workspace, […]

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam appoints Rein Wolfs as director

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has named Dutch curator Rein Wolfs as its new director, following the departure of Beatrix Ruf. Wolfs will leave his current position at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany, to join the prestigious art and design museum on 1 December. Until then, the Stedelijk will continue to be led by interim director […]

GG-loop wraps Freebooter apartments with cedar louvres

Dutch architecture studio GG-loop has built a pair of prefabricated apartments in Amsterdam with timber louvres positioned to regulate the levels of light entering the building. Called Freebooter, the block was made from steel and cross-laminated-timber (CLT) and was prefabricated off site. It took three weeks to install all four floors, and the whole project took […]

Yellow stairs connect living spaces in Three-Generation House by BETA

Dutch architecture studio BETA has designed a house in Amsterdam for a multi-generational family with a central yellow staircase connecting their separate accommodation. BETA designed the Three-Generation House for a couple with young children who already lived in the city, and their parents who wanted to move in. The architects describe Three-Generation House as a “mini […]

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