Living facade of plant pots will cover Green Villa by MVRDV in the Netherlands

Architecture practice MVRDV has unveiled designs for a residential development in Sint-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands, with green walls formed of shelves of plants. Together with their co-architect Van Boven Architecten, the Dutch practice has developed Green Villa for property developer Stein to sit in a corner site on the southern edge of the town. The three-storey […]

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 […]

The Way We Build creates chapel-like retreat in Dutch forest

Amsterdam architecture studio The Way We Build has built a mobile cabin with a timber domed interior at a campsite within the Robbenoordbos forest in the north of the Netherlands. The 15-square-metre cabin has been designed as a “meditational nature retreat” at the Het bos roept – which translates as The forest is calling – campsite […]

Vector-I Architects installs pair of viewpoints on Dutch dyke to highlight rising sea levels

An Ode To Manmade Land is a pair of viewpoints designed by Vector-I Architects on a man-made dyke at the Lauwersmeer National Park, in the Netherlands. Created in collaboration with local artist Lambert Kamps, the two structures are designed to give views across the artificial landscape and to “provide new perspectives on rising sea levels”. Called The Viewing Dyke […]

Daan Roosegaarde’s Presence exhibition encourages visitors to make their mark

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has opened his first major solo museum show — an interactive experience meant to awaken its audience to human impact on the environment. Staged by the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands, Roosegaarde’s Presence exhibition takes the form of a sprawling, 800-metre-square installation of darkened rooms and phosphorescent light. At every […]

Kazerne is a design-focused boutique hotel in Eindhoven

Moon/en/co and Van Helmond Architecten have teamed up to form Kazerne, an Eindhoven hotel that boasts just eight rooms and an exhibition space that will showcase pieces from notable Dutch designers. Kazerne occupies former army barracks and an adjacent disused warehouse Composed of eight guest suites, a private members club and a 2,500 square-metre exhibition […]

Wenink Holtkamp Architecten turns De Lakfabriek tannery into apartments

Wenink Holtkamp Architecten has converted De Lakfabriek, a 20th-century factory, into 25 industrial apartments in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands. The Eindhoven-based studio has renovated the existing red brick building and added a black timber-clad extension to its roof. “One of the biggest challenge for us was to shape the roof extension in such a way that it […]

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 […]

Eklund Terbeek creates loft-style apartment within a former school gymnasium

Dutch architecture practice Eklund Terbeek has developed a spacious loft-style apartment for a family of four inside a school gymnasium in Rotterdam, which is over 100 years old. The apartment, which is aptly named The Gym Loft, has been designed by Eklund Terbeek to have a “minimalistic atmosphere where the experience of space, light and […]

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 […]

Floating Farm in Rotterdam is now home to 32 cows

A floating dairy farm has opened in Rotterdam, showing how food production can become less vulnerable to climate change. Floating Farm was designed by Peter van Wingerden and Minke van Wingerden of Beladon, a company that specialises in waterborne architecture. It is now home to 32 cows, producing dairy products that will soon be on […]

Bed and Bunker collection reinvents disused Dutch bunkers as retreats

An eight-piece collection of furniture by designer Remko Verhaagen is part of an initiative to rehabilitate disused war bunkers along the Dutch coast to use as holiday homes and artist retreats. The non-profit Stelling 33 Foundation launched in 2013 with the aim of exploring the potential of the Dutch remnants of a 5000-kilometre defence line […]

Struggle! 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage exhibition curator picks five highlights

An exhibition at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands celebrates 100 years of universal voting rights in the country. Co-curator Egge Knol picks five objects that tell the story. In the Netherlands, as in so many countries, it took years of tireless campaigning to change the law to allow women to vote. The Dutch parliament […]

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 […]

Space Encounters uses planted partitions to divide office in Utrecht

Tropical plants sprouting up from partition walls provide privacy to workers inside this office in Utrecht, which has been overhauled by architecture studio Space Encounters. Occupying the 14th floor of a recently-completed tower in central Utrecht, the office for Dutch property developers Synchroon features leafy partitions that are intended to be an alternative to claustrophobic, […]

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 […]

Richard Hutten brings together Dutch creatives to create Freedom rug collection

Dutch designer Richard Hutten has enlisted nine leading designers, architects and artists from the Netherlands, including himself, to create an eclectic collection of rugs. Freedom is a collection of nine rugs produced for Carpet Sign, a manufacturer that makes rugs using robotic tufting machines in Asten, the Netherlands. The limited-edition collection will debut at Milan design week, […]

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