On Saturday, 15 June 2019, KAAN Architecten will participate in both the Day of Architecture and the Day of Construction. To mark this special day, our flagship projects in Rotterdam and Amsterdam will be open to the public.
From 11.00-17.00 h, guided tours will take place at De Bank, the Rotterdam office of KAAN Architecten. Meanwhile in Amsterdam, on the construction site of the new Courthouse, the project team will host the visitors from 10.00-16.00h and introduce the design of the building.
Photographer Karin Borghouts continues her periodical visits to the site of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp where she captures instances of the ongoing renovation and extension. Explore the full photo report below!
Since the last construction update, major progress has been made with both the historical and the new museum taking shape. The complete overhaul of Antwerp’s prestigious institution aims to restore the original routing and decorations dignifying the intrinsic qualities of the space, while the new extension enriches the museum experience through contemporary practices.
Photographs by Karin Borghouts.
Dikkie Scipio, co-founding partner of KAAN Architecten, has recently joined the Faculty of Architecture at the Münster University of Applied Sciences, where she holds the position of the Professor of Architectural Design.
Having studied arts, design and architecture at renowned Dutch Royal academies as well as having spearheaded large scale transformation projects such as B30, Paleis Het Loo or the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Scipio has a unique arsenal of experiences to pass on to her students. However, her appointment to this position is not only a milestone in her multi-faceted career as an architect, but also a recognition of her advocacy and promotion of young architects, be it students or recent graduates.
Following initiatives like De Meester and her work with Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, she maintains the importance of dialogue as essential for the design process. It is her intention to teach students in Münster how to open themselves to critiques and impressions, how to make their own decisions, and in return: “Working with the younger generation, I hope to find things that I did not look for.”
Find more information here.
Created and published by KAAN Architecten, ‘ISMO’ is a book about Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay, a building for scientific research designed for Paris Saclay campus in 2018.
The subtle yet elegant design of the book mirrors the design of the building in several features. The duality of ISMO’s programme is reinterpreted through two types of paper sewn together by aptly chosen Swiss binding technique often used in scientific publishing. Meanwhile, the recognisable concrete facade is referenced in the grid-like positioning of the ISMO logo and the texture of the grey cover paper that uses genuine pulverised cement to give it a rough chapped feel.
Explore the full publication here.
The fourth edition of Rotterdam Architecture Month will start on Friday, 24 May, with an opening lecture by Eran Chen (ODA) who will be joined by Kees Kaan for a panel discussion afterwards.
Guided by the notion of ‘layered city’ as the overarching theme of RAM, both architects will discuss their experiences and ideas for the future of Rotterdam city centre.
Suitably, the event will take place at 19.30 in the historic former Post Office at Coolsingel 42.
Featured image: Postkantoor Rotterdam by ODA and Braaksma & Roos.
On Monday, 13 May 2019, Kees Kaan will give a public lecture and participate in a discussion at INDESEM 2019, taking place at 17.40 h in the Orange Hall of the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment.
INDESEM, International Design Seminar, is a biennial event with lectures, excursions, debates and a workshop, all organised around a specific theme. This year’s theme, Beyond the Echo Chamber, focuses on how to position yourself as an architect in our rapidly changing, (digitally) connected society. Adhering to the seminar theme, Kaan will give his insight on the scope of an architect’s work and how it transforms with each project. After the lecture he will engage in a discussion with moderator Salomon Frausto and architect Alun Jones (Dow Jones Architects).
For more information follow the link or check out the programme in the PDF below.
On Monday, April 15, Vincent Panhuysen, founding principal of KAAN Architecten, will give a lecture at the North Carolina State University College of Design in Raleigh.
With the overarching theme of contextuality and dialogue with the surroundings, Panhuysen’s lecture will revisit some of the office’s most notable projects such as the Dutch Embassy in Mozambique, Supreme Court of The Netherlands, as well as the UTOPIA library and Crematorium Siesegem in Aalst, Belgium.
The lecture is a part of the joint lecture series with AIA Triangle and will take place at Burns Auditorium at NCSU at 18.00. Find more information here.
The renovation and reconstruction of Paleis Het Loo started over a year ago. Within that time extensive groundwork began to make room for the new underground entrance of the museum. On his latest visit, photographer Sebastian van Damme captured the instances from the ongoing construction.
Continuing a series of advanced building techniques, the latest step of the expansion involved pouring and curing the concrete underwater. In this way, the pressure of water ensured that the concrete structure is without tears and leaks. Explore the full photo report below and click here to keep up with the ongoing video series following the construction progress.
Photographs by Sebastian van Damme.
Oscillating somewhere between art, engineering and entrepreneurship, architectural profession has always been difficult to categorise. Even within the institutions that provide architectural education, there is a systematic difference in opinion and, consequently, the focus of the curriculum.
In her latest column for Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, Dikkie Scipio explains the workings of the architecture education system in The Netherlands and how in 2015 it brought about the BEP (Professional Traineeship approved by the Register of Architects). This marked a tectonic shift in acquiring the title of ‘the architect’, impacting the career trajectories of architecture school graduates.
Promoting young architects has been a sole focus for Scipio, who is in her fifth year of serving as a board member of Fleur Groenendijk Foundation. In an interview earlier this year, she explained that aside from graduating with top marks, the success of every young architect relies heavily on being recognised and embraced by potential customers or employers. To that effect, with initiatives like De Meester, she seeks to highlight the work of recent graduates that shows social and contextual relevance, craftsmanship, and a clear vision.
The launch of the Parisian office marks another milestone in the growing international presence of KAAN Architecten which, alongside the Rotterdam headquarters, includes a second outpost opened in 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil.
KAAN Architecten already has a firm footing in France after completing three projects in the country in recent years. The firm’s French oeuvre includes residential projects in Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande near Rennes and the Rives de la Haute Deûle area in Lille, as well as the highly lauded Institut des Sciences Moléculaires located within the Paris-Saclay Campus, in Orsay.
The office has also participated in ambitious international studies such as the competition for the new Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris and the CHU hospital campus and research institute in Nantes.
Several other projects in France are due for completion this year, like the Cité des Métiers et de l’Artisanat in Lille, designed in collaboration with Pranlas-Descours Architect & Associates. Additionally, two large mixed-use complexes are in the final phase of construction: one close to EuraTechnologies area in Lille, the other in the ZAC Bottière-Chénaie in Nantes. Meanwhile, an office complex in Aubervilliers, Paris, is currently in design stage. Once completed, it is set to revitalize the former logistics area at the borders of Paris.
Led by architect Marylène Gallon, the new Parisian office will continue the multidisciplinary design approach set out by the Dutch headquarters. Furthermore, it will reinforce the presence of KAAN Architecten within France, developing relationships with both new and established clients and partners. Using research, innovation and technical expertise acquired in projects of varying scale, the firm intends to deliver creative, yet context-specific solutions fit for contemporary use by both public and private clients in France.