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 […]

Netherlands replaces “tulip Holland” identity with “less touristy” NL logo

Dutch branding agency Studio Dumbar has designed a new visual identity for the Netherlands featuring a logo that combines the letters NL with a stylised tulip. The Dutch government asked the Rotterdam-based studio to develop a new identity that will be used to help enhance the nation’s image on the global stage. The project was […]

Hidden corridor connects different parts of Dutch homestead by Mecanoo

A hidden corridor beneath a grass hill links the metal-clad volumes of this house and cooking school near in the Netherlands by architecture firm Mecanoo. Called Villa Vught, the complex draws on the traditional Dutch hoeve, or homestead, with buildings arranged around a central open space. The functions of Villa Vught have been split between […]

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 […]

World’s largest bicycle park built below Utrecht train station

Ector Hoogstad Architecten has completed a three-storey bicycle park to store 12,656 bikes below Utrecht Central Station in the Netherlands. The project forms part of a wider redevelopment of the area surrounding the city’s railway station, and is designed by Ector Hoogstad Architects to enable cyclists to ride from the street level to the bike […]

Iris van Herpen brings couture fashion to the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden

Neutelings Riedijk Architects and Iris van Herpen have wrapped the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in over 1000 metres of delicate concrete friezes that merge fossil forms with the fabric of the designer’s collections. Neutelings Riedijk Architects and Van Herpen collaborated to design the extension to the natural history museum in Leiden, the Netherlands, which is the couture […]

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 […]

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