UNStudio mimics textiles with glass for facade of Amsterdam store

Dutch architectural practice UNStudio has created three curved, glass boxes that “mimic billowing transparent cloth” from the facade of a store on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam. Named The Looking Glass, the store has been designed to be a flagship for a fashion brand on PC Hooftstraat – a shopping street in Amsterdam that is a […]

OMA completes tower made from trio of stacked triangles

Dutch architect OMA has built the 24-storey Nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel in Amsterdam, which is made from three triangular volumes stacked on top of each other. OMA has completed the tower, which is now being fitted out as a hotel for the NH Hotel Group, which owns the Nhow brand. When it opens it will […]

Amsterdam’s Pulitzer hotel fuses decadent past with contemporary design

A moody bar and sun-lit restaurant were among the spaces added during the renovation of this hotel, which encompasses 25 historic canal houses in Amsterdam. First opened in 1968 by local businessman Peter Pulitzer, Pulizter hotel comprised originally of 12 canal houses in the city’s centre that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The […]

Weathering steel facade covers CLT-framed Dutch row house

Fem Architects has completed a cross-laminated timber house clad in sheets of Corten steel in a twist on the traditional row house in Amsterdam. The weathering steel was chosen as a nod to the Buiksloterham area’s historic brick factories. Ridges on the Corten steel panels and window insets allowed for some depth and texture to […]

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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