22/02 2017

GUZ reaches its highest point

The Geo- and Environmental Research Center (GUZ) is under construction in Tübingen (Germany) and on February 23rd, 2017 starting from 10.00 the university will celebrate its highest point. Scaffolding are now hiding KAAN Architecten's glass volume that will emerge from the campus wrapped by two meters high and deep façades’ rings. The building is expected to be completed by mid 2018.

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09/01 2017

“Today”, a non-fictional video about Provinciehuis

On the occasion of the nomination for the Simon Architecture Prize 2016, KAAN Architecten has produced "Today", a short film about daily life inside the Provinciehuis of North-Brabant.


The Provinciehuis of North Brabant in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is a lively structure and its inhabitants are the engine of this efficient governmental apparatus. The iconic building, originally designed by Hugh Maaskant, prominently standing out in a countryside landscape, is the setting for a multitude of personal daily interactions.

Filmed by Dutch director Marcel Ijzerman, “Today” is a short non-fiction movie consisting of seven recorded conversations collected in the building that reveal the complex social structure of the administrative body, paired with a specific overview of the spaces as seen through the eyes of its users.

Director: Marcel Ijzerman (Dordrecht NL, 1986)

Runtime: 3.40min

Completion date: October 2016 Production by: Ijzerman Media Assistance: Martina Margini, Chris De Krijger, Foekje Fleur van Duin Drone: Andries Altenburg (Skymovie) Sound recordings: Levi Westra Sound engineering: Tjeerd Melchers Translation: Rachel Sander, Phil Procter Thanks to: Rob van der Plas and the staff of Provinciehuis of North-Brabant

02/01 2017

Supreme Court nominated for EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2017

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague has been nominated for the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 along with other 355 projects.


Launched in 1987, this Prize is co-funded by the EU Culture Programme and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. By highlighting excellent architectural works that have been constructed over the last two years, the Prize draws attention to the contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas and technologies, as well as the cultural importance of architecture in the construction of our cities.

In the next months, the Jury members will shortlist 40 projects and select 5 finalist worksThe process will culminate with the Award Ceremony on May 26th, 2017 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, marking several days of Open Doors throughout Europe during which sites of the shortlisted works will be open for visit to the general public.

More updates on the award’s website.

15/12 2016

A closer look inside the KMSKA New Museum

The renovation and extension of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) led by Dikkie Scipio is going on and architects, restoration experts, art historians are ​cooperating to complete the New Museum spaces before the official opening in 2019.


A photographic walk by Karin Borghouts through the former patios of the museum reveals the concealed layers of previous configurations and accommodates the new double height staircase structure, preserved thanks to wooden cases until the completion of the new roof.

Verticality is one of the main characteristics of the New Museum as well as the aim to connect the new exhibition areas while blending them into the historical heart of KMSKA.





Last summer the installation of the copper roof has started along with the restoration of the internal stucco decorations. New ceilings appeared in the rooms of the bel-etagé, showing the original height of the space. Multiple layers were discovered following the demolition of the most recent ceiling dated 1970s, including another ceiling from 1920s.

​The New Museum will feature a new ​roof composed by custom-made prefab modules, which have been designed to get the right amount and spread of daylight in the top floor exhibition hall.
12/12 2016

A lecture and exhibition in Guadalajara

Next Tuesday December 13th, 2016 starting from 7 PM, Kees Kaan will give a lecture at Galería Tiro al Blanco, a new exhibition and cultural space in Guadalajara (Mexico). At the same time a photographic exhibition will illustrate KAAN Architecten's projects.


“One Mould” will illustrate KAAN Architecten’s projects starting from an enlightening retrospective on the history and the actual planning and development of the Dutch urban landscape. Put a shovel in the ground and the hole will fill itself with water immediately. The permanent relation with the water throughout the history has settled in the DNA of Dutch culture.

Building Dutch cities implied making or reinforcing the land, keeping it in place and making foundations in the water. There is little stable and dry land available so not only buildings are constructed but so are the streets and the canals. The section canal, street and house are inherently related and intertwined: one “mould” (synonymous of build, form, shape, structure, nature, character, quality).

If architecture is supposed to reflect shared values the question is raised what extend contemporary buildings can actually represent fundamental principles of the organizations they facilitate.

13 December 2016 – h 7 PM

Galería Tiro al Blanco, Juan Alvarez 833, Col. Sagrada Familia, Guadalajara (Mexico)

25/11 2016

KAAN in design competition for Bruges’ Beurssite

KAAN Architecten is among the five teams running for the competition that aims to provide a modern accommodation for congresses and conventions as well as exhibitions and events in the city of Bruges (Belgium).


Last year the city committee decided to close the actual premises and to build a renewed and contemporary building in the same location, Bruges’ Beursplein. After an intense selection phase, five teams have been chosen to run with the “design & build” formula that sees each team composed by an architect, a developer and a contractor.

KAAN Architecten will closely work with PSR Brownfield Developers NV and Jan De Nul NV in the Forum Brugae team.

Other participants are: Besix Red NV (Atelier Kempe Thill + Architecten Groep III, Besix Red NV, NV Besix S.A.); Samenwerkingsverband  BRUGGRES (OMA + U-define, BCS Investissement NV, Willemen General Contractor NV); Beursgenootschap Souto de Moura – META – CFE (Souto de Moura + META architectuurbureau, D&E NV + CFE NV, CFE Bouw Vlaanderen NV) and BC&EC (BIG + Salens, CIT Blaton NV + Extensa Group NV, Van Laere NV).

Results will be released in July 2017.

22/11 2016

Roughness and elegance: KAAN Architecten’s new home in Rotterdam

KAAN Architecten has moved to a new office, marking a page-turn for the expanding architectural practice. The new location is in the heart of Rotterdam, situated along the Maas river, just a few meters from the iconic Erasmus bridge and the firm’s award-winning project Education Center at Erasmus Medical Center University. The project has transformed 1.400 sqm of the former premises of De Nederlandsche Bank into KAAN’s new open-space headquarters, which encompasses more than 80 workspaces.


KAAN’s new De Bank office is housed in the piano nobile of a quintessential historical building originally designed by Prof. Henri Timo Zwiers in 1950-1955, on the grounds of a former synagogue, which was destroyed during the WWII bombings. The brick façade on Boompjes Street stands out against the river skyline and is characterized by an entrance hall enriched by the mosaic of Dutch artist Louis van Roode, who decorated several public spaces in Rotterdam during the post-war period.


“The notion of sharing of knowledge is at the core of the division of spaces and the interior design of the new office. This rough space has the special gift of an industrial yet monumental aesthetic, a beauty that we decided to exalt through a solid balance between two simple materials wood and concrete.”

 Dikkie Scipio


The building’s striking character and its wide, bright spaces offered the perfect base for KAAN Architecten to design their new office. The beating heart of the project is an extensive working area dedicated to architects. This space is blessed by intense daylight on both sides and offers a unique view of the surrounding water-front. The rectangular floor plan, with its clear proportions, is designed to effectively connect working, meeting and leisure spaces through several long monumental corridors and passages, enhancing fluid interactions between employees, visitors and partners.


Spatial rhythm is generated by the finely restored industrial concrete structure. The rough essence of the material is balanced by a counterpoint of elegant dark walnut wood, which constitutes the main component of the interiors. The harmonious interaction between the warm comfort of the wood and the pre-existing concrete structure, envelopes the atmosphere in a graceful yet monumental feeling. KAAN Architecten has successfully designed a new working space that genuinely represents the philosophy of the office: functionalism with added value. Raw and refined at once, the project revitalizes and reveals the inherent beauty of a building that has, for many years been sleeping while its city dreams.


images © Simone Bossi

21/11 2016

Exhibition “Where Modern Justice Lives” features Supreme Court

Today at the UK Supreme Court in central London opens the architecture exhibition dedicated to modern Supreme Court buildings across the world.


“Where Modern Justice Lives”, curated by architect Elsie Owusu OBE of the Supreme Court Arts Trust, will encourage visitors to reflect on the role that court buildings have in supporting public confidence in democracy and the rule of law.

The projects on display, together with the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, are: the Singapore Supreme Court (Foster + Partners), the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners), the South Africa Constitutional Court (Janina Masojada, Andrew Makin and Paul Wygers), the Palace of Justice in Tirana (Grimshaw Architects), and the Supreme Court of Albania (Studio Sadar+Vuga).


“Where Modern Justice Lives”

21 November – 16 December 2016 / 9.30 – 16.30 from Mondays to Fridays

Supreme Court UK – Parliament Square, Little George St, Westminster, London

18/11 2016

Supreme Court wins ARC16 Architecture Award

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague has been awarded with the annual ARC16 Architecture Award that aims to promote sustainability in the broadest sense of the word and as an integral part of the design.


The jury composed by Marlies Rohmer (Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer), Ninke Happel (Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven), Sereh Mandias (De Dépendance), Fransje Sprunken (VORM) and Harm Tilman (de Architect) chose as the winner the building that has yielded more than the client has requested and that convinces in toto.

The jury motivation about Supreme Court of the Netherlands’ choice: “A building that will be excellent in the next fifty years and that can become a classic. A building anchored in a sustainable way to the city and that has been carefully chiseled. A building giving a recognizable typological answer and that performs the program sublimely. A building that amazes, is unconventional and rises above its mere task”.

The ARC16 Architectuur Award is promoted by Gira and de Architect.

More info on the award website.


14/11 2016

Dikkie Scipio jury member of De Meester 2016

The second edition's winner of "De Meester", the architecture promotion prize, will be announced on Wednesday November 16th, 2016 at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.


The Fleur Groenendijk Foundation in collaboration with the Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst and with Dikkie Scipio as founder created “De Meester”. The prize aims to promote the work of young Dutch architects and urban planners.

Dikkie Scipio is part of the jury evaluating the works in a live and dynamic discussion, together with Frits van Dongen (architect and former Rijksbouwmeester), Arjen Knoester (senior architect at Stadsontwikkeling Rotterdam, Morfis architecture and urbanism), Hans Lensvelt (design expert of Lensvelt Contract Furniture), and Merel Pit (architecture journalist).

Candidates for the 5.000 euro promotional prize are Alex de Jong with Water vernieuwt!, Barend Mense with Inclusive Hackney and Martins Duselis with Roseform.


De Avond van de Meester 2016 at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

Wednesday November 16, 2016 – h 20.00 / 23.00 – sign up for free entrance