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13/08 2018

UTOPIA featured in worldwide press

Almost two months have passed since UTOPIA Library and Academy for Performing Arts in Aalst has opened for public. In that period, the project as well as the grand opening weekend have been widely covered by local and international media, both in print and online.

Anna Winston of Dezeen has interviewed Vincent Panhuysen, one of KAAN Architecten founding partners, about the making of UTOPIA and the process behind the design. Read the full article here.

Other media platforms like Yatzer, Wallpaper and Archinect have all featured the UTOPIA project, praising its masterful integration with the old school building. The project has also received worldwide recognition with ArchDaily publishing it across its multiple international platforms in China, Brazil and wider South America. The most intensive coverage has been by the local Belgian press, which has written multiple newspaper articles about the library and academy, focusing on its importance on civic life of Aalst.

Below is a short overview of the extensive press coverage.

United Kingdom:  Wallpaper Dezeen

USA Archinect  ContractDesign  aWorkstation

Italy  Designboom URDesignmag Divisare ArketipoMagazine ProfessionArchitetto Floornature MaterialiCasa

Russia TheArchtect ADMagazine

Ireland Architecture-design

France Architecture d’aujourd’hui

Spain DXI Magazine Revistaad TCCuadernos

China Gooood Popbee

Netherlands Architectenweb deArchitect stedebouwarchitectuur NOBB

Germany Baunetz  DEAR Magazin

Poland PointofDesign

Argentina NoticiasArquitectura

Thailand Handhome ThepamDesign

Greece Yatzer Elculture

Turkey Arkitera

Brazil Archdaily

Switzerland World-Architects

27/07 2018

Complex Projects presents AMS MID-CITY Graduation show

After a yearlong studio, a graduation show of the Complex Projects AMS Mid-City was held on 12 July 2018 in the Orange Hall of the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture.

The itinerant exhibition already took place in Amsterdam’s  ZuiderKerk earlier this June, and has arrived to TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture just in time for graduation period. The Chair of Complex Projects teamed up with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, the municipality of Amsterdam and KAAN Architecten to focus on the theme AMSTERDAM 2050.


Almost 80 students, comprising more than 50 graduates, exhibited group models as well as individual projects. Group models sized 2.1×2.1 meters, represented scaled down areas of Amsterdam like Zaanstad, Centraal, Amstel, City islands or Schiphol Corridor. Students reimagined what the specific sites would be in 2050, based on a critical analysis of current findings and practices in the city.


Some of the projects dealt with future mobility and connectivity in the city, ways of densifying the historic and UNESCO protected city center etc. Other imaginative ideas include an organ factory, a drone fighting arena where part of the students work as well as a zero polluting inner-city energy production. Aerial photos by Sebastian van Damme showcase the student interventions in their actual contextual relations.  

26/07 2018

New publication on UAM campus projects in Brazil

After completing two projects in Brazil just a year after the official launch of an outpost in São Paulo, KAAN Architecten has published a booklet showcasing the campus buildings of Universidade Anhembi Morumbi.

The sibling buildings in Piracicaba and São José dos Campos are landmarks that firmly and visually open themselves to the city, giving the University a recognizable position within the architectural panorama. Adhering to the motto ‘two campuses, one architectural identity’, both projects feature representative facades and generous central common spaces based on sustainable building principles of inner climate control. The projects were coordinated by BRC Group.

Browse the entire publication here.

23/07 2018

UTOPIA in Aalst now open for public

After almost two years of construction, Utopia Library and Academy for Performing Arts in Aalst has finally opened its doors to the public on Thursday, 21 June 2018.

More than 25 000 visitors gathered for the opening festivities spanning over 4 days (21-24 June) where they participated in concerts, workshops and dance performances. Official presentations took place on Friday, 22 June, with speeches from representatives of the Aalst city council, Utopia board of directors, KAAN Architecten and Aalst mayor.

Following a competition in 2015, the Aalst city council chose to establish a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) based on a Design & Build contract. The project was assigned to a team consisting of Van Roey as main contractor and KAAN Architecten as architect, working in close collaboration throughout the whole project development and construction.

This new cultural landmark for the city incorporates a striking historic building from the second half of the 19th century and rejuvenates the urban landscape while elegantly giving expression to the required functionality. The desire of KAAN Architecten to interact with the urban fabric has been achieved: Utopia is already a reference point in Aalst city center, with citizens eager to enjoy and welcome a new landmark in their everyday lives.

 

 

 

 

11/07 2018

‘Beauty does not judge’ – new column by Dikkie Scipio

“Stripped of its culpability or glory, what remains is the proof of craftsmanship by architects, artists and builders. Beauty does not judge.”

Continuing her work as a board member of the Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, Dikkie Scipio writes quarterly columns in response to the incoming funding applications. Her most recent column reacts to this quarter’s application ‘Controversial Heritage’ by Ankie Petersen. Aptly named ‘Beauty does not judge’, the essay discusses how we deal with politically charged heritage, and can we separate the valuable architectural and artistic opus from the regime that brought it about.

Read more here!

09/07 2018

Out now: third issue of New Amsterdam Courthouse photo report

The third issue of the book series by photographer Dominique Panhuysen has been published. The series is dedicated to the New Amsterdam Courthouse construction site and building process. This latest edition features a look at the current groundwork and construction of the two underground levels.

Spreading over approx. 10 000 sqm, the New Courthouse project aims to merge the city streets with the layout of the building, creating an extension of urban space within. Comprising 12 levels, the building is exemplary in its efficiency, like the organization itself, and is part of the daily life surrounding it.

KAAN Architecten is undertaking works for the New Amsterdam Courthouse as part of a consortium which includes Macquarie Capital, ABT, DVP, construction companies Heijmans and M.J. de Nijs & Zonen, and Facilicom. Completion of the project is expected in September 2020.

Browse the entire issue here!

28/06 2018

KAAN Architecten designs a new multifunctional centre at National Field of Honour in Loenen

The Netherlands War Graves Foundation commissioned KAAN Architecten to design a new multifunctional memorial and education centre at the National Field of Honour in Loenen, after a public tender. The main focus of the centre is to tell stories about Dutch war victims, the efforts of Dutch people during World War II and current international peace missions. The building is a layered and connecting element between the new National Veterans Cemetery and the existing Field of Honour.

The rich woods, existing routes and the scenic qualities of this exceptional site have been used to underline the unifying role of the building. The landscape, originally designed in 1949 by garden and landscape architect D. Haspels and extended by karres+brands, is characterised by the contrast between open spaces and the dense forest.
The design of the new centre consists of fluent open spaces, bound by a horizontally extended roof. This comprehensive openness blurs the transition between inside and outside and allows the natural elements to visually penetrate into the interior spaces. The flexible and logical organisation of the rooms and the roofed outdoor spaces gives the building a double function, while a multimedia educational installation informs students, families and visitors about the stories of war victims and veterans.

The three main rooms, the auditorium, the exhibition space and the condolence room, form a harmonious ‘sequence’ that can be combined for a single ceremony or can be used independently by different groups at the same time. These three key rooms each have their own identity, but at the same time form an architectural ensemble.

When entering the pavilion, the visitors experience the specific orientation of the building, which is positioned towards one of the sightlines of the Field of Honour with a central axis. In this way, the ceremonial route culminates with a view on the memorial cross seen from the auditorium of the pavilion. With this strong visual relationship, the pavilion occupies a central position between the two cemeteries, creating a timeless link between old and new.

14/06 2018

Universidade Anhembi Morumbi: two campuses, one architectural identity

A year after the official launch of KAAN Architecten’s second outpost in São Paulo (Brazil), the Dutch firm completes two new buildings, which will house the new campuses of the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in São José dos Campos and Piracicaba, in the inland of São Paulo State. The projects were coordinated by BRC Group.

Both buildings have been driven by the same design choices: to create an elegant yet strong architectural identity for the campuses of the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi through a non-scale approach to the representative façades, providing the students and the institution with a generous central common space that promotes social interaction and responds to the hot Brazilian climate of these regions by allowing greater circulation of natural air.

Located in proximity to a main road junction, the future campus in São José dos Campos stands like a modern day Acropolis on an elevated plot, which creates isolation and the ideal conditions to turn it into a new reference point amid the dense urban fabric. In Piracicaba, the new building occupies a plot along a secondary urban expansion axis in the southern part of the city.

By optimizing the topographical characteristics of their areas and thanks to the balanced façade geometries, both projects are landmarks that firmly and visually open themselves to the city, giving the University a recognizable position within the architectural panorama.

The buildings have different volumetric proportions. São José dos Campos encompasses a more compact structure and consists of three floors with a total area of 5.300 sqm, while Piracicaba, is horizontally developed and lies on the slope of the surrounding landscape, directly dialoguing with it.

The intense Brazilian solar radiation is mitigated by a fully encompassing system of vertical slabs that fulfills the need for shade in every façade. Choosing a regular structural system enabled KAAN Architecten to feature glass in between the thin concrete slabs and the roof beams. In the case of São José dos Campos, this was molded in-situ, relying on the expertise of the local workforce, while in Piracicaba, it was prefabricated to enhance sharpness and exactitude in the attachment system.

The wide use of glass in the façades enhances transparency and reveals a deep connection with the architecture of the cities. Moreover, a caramel resin floor comfortably reflects the abundant natural light in the social core and passageways of the buildings. The natural ventilation and light are optimized via a ceiling pergola in concrete and smaller wooden elements acting as sun blades.

The shared program features classrooms, diverse laboratories for practice exercises and simulation, a space for the cafeteria, physiotherapy facilities, a library and offices. All educational spaces are situated alongside the longitudinal glazed façades to take advantage of the natural light and have been oriented towards the large-scale central void, to embody the buildings’ core social identity and its essence as a place for encounters, human connection and knowledge exchange.

Following a careful analysis of the structural opportunities, a system of ribbed slabs made possible by in-situ molded concrete was adopted in the São José dos Campos building. In Piracicaba instead a system of alveolar slabs was employed, exploring the best possibilities of precast concrete. These choices allow wide free spans and a significant modularity of space based on a rigid 1.50 x 1.50 meter grid. Moreover, the in-depth study into solar radiation results in large floor-to-ceiling windows, which grant abundant daylight to classrooms and laboratories, playing with the deep shadows generated by the vertical concrete elements.

Sustainability plays a central role in the design of the two campuses, which feature an innovative energy management system for thermal control to prevent refrigeration waste and enhance the efficiency of the roof system with chimney effect. The use of BIM software and technology is also at the core of both projects: each façade has been designed following specific comfort studies, resulting in a wide protection porch for the north and south elevations, and in a dense grid of vertical brise-soleil for the east and west elevations.

07/06 2018

Central Post featured in “Gaten in de muur” film

“Gaten in de muur” is a film dedicated to the forgotten monumental art pieces in the city of Rotterdam and it has been directed by Jan Dirk Schouten. After the 1940 bombing, artists and architects joined forces to re-build the city. Dikkie Scipio appears in the film as one of the expert following the renovation of the Central Post building completed in 2010, presenting art pieces by famous Dutch artist Louis van Roode.

The film will be screened at Cinerama on Sunday 10 June at 16.30 and Tuesday 12 June at 19.30.

For more information, please check out this link.

31/05 2018

OZC “The Cube” participates in the Day of Architecture 2018

On Saturday June 2nd, 2018, the construction site of the OZC “The Cube” in Tilburg will be open to the public on the occasion of the “Dag van de Architectuur 2018”. A guided tour, starting at 13.00, will be led by KAAN Architecten and introduce the visitors to the new building within the campus of the Tilburg University.

For more information and to book your visit, please check this link: Dag van de Architectuur 2018

14/05 2018

Kees Kaan lecture at AIT Architektur Salon Munich

On Wednesday May 16th, 2018 starting from 19.00, Kees Kaan will hold a lecture at the AIT-Award 2018 – Architecktur Salon in Munich (Germany). His speech will focus on the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, which has been awarded in 2016 with the AIT Award for Office/Administration category. If you happen to be in Munich and would like to participate in the event, please confirm your presence to: muenchen@ait-architektursalon.de

10/05 2018

“Model Agency” exhibition at ARCAM

From February to September 2018, the exhibition space of the Amsterdam Architecture Centre has been turned into the ARCAM Model Agency. From May till July, the model of the new Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminal will be part of this project’s parade. The exhibition doesn’t focus on large urban issues and challenges, but rather put small-scale projects to the spotlight that shape the city of Amsterdam.

04/05 2018

Open day at the Crematorium Aalst

On Sunday May 6th, 2018, starting at 10am, the construction site of the Crematorium in Aalst, will be open to the public for guided tours as part of the Open Werven Dag. The building is characterised by a wide variety concrete textures, glass walls, column-free spaces and a rhythmic layout of patios and courtyards, it will be officially completed this summer.

© Sebastian van Damme

26/04 2018

A step forward in Antwerp

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp now has a new spiral staircase connecting the foyer and the underground facilities area. The renovation work continues in the rooms of the new vertical museum, designed by KAAN Architecten, integrating historic masonry, elegant restored stuccos and contemporary steel structures.

© Karin Borghouts for KMSKA

11/04 2018

Homo Universalis (f/m): Dikkie Scipio lecture in Münster

On Thursday April 12th, starting from 18.30, Dikkie Scipio will held a lecture at the Münster School of Architecture (Germany). The topic “Homo Universalis (f/m)” talks about architects and how their profession is appealing to people’s imagination. Dikkie Scipio will relate this assumption to the Education Center Erasmus MC project in Rotterdam and go through its design process, its construction technics and how it’s enjoyed by everyday users.

05/04 2018

Kees Kaan lecture at WorldBuild Moscow

On April 4th, 2018 Kees Kaan took part in WorldBuild Moscow / MosBuild, a 4-days conference about building technologies and materials, with the keynote “The development of building technologies and their influence on modern architecture” moderated by Sergei Georgievski. Kees Kaan talked about how architecture is increasingly influenced by innovation and how the 21st century is driven by energy transition, SMART buildings, circularity and most of all Information Technology.

 

 

21/03 2018

Utopia is nearly completed

Utopia, the Library & Academy for Performing Arts in Aalst (Belgium) is close to completion. The new building blends perfectly into the historic centre of the Flemish city and is in direct dialogue with the architectural grandeur of the neighbouring Pupillenschool. Within the entrance area, concrete and red bricks give life to the new covered plaza, a new public space for the city and its citizens. Utopia will officially open its doors in June 21st, 2018.

images @ Sebastian van Damme

14/03 2018

Presenting the new Video page

We are really happy to share with you the new look of KAAN Architecten’s website which includes a freshly released Videos section. Since its launch, KAAN Architecten has been very interested in visual media as a tool to narrate buildings from a different point of view. Along with “The Learn’d” and “Today”, video-interviews and construction time-lapse videos, a new video project called “Minutes” will be released soon including iconic projects such as the Netherlands Forensic Institute and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

07/03 2018

A book about B30

KAAN Architecten has published a book about B30, the elegant renovation of an historical building in The Hague, now housing five unique users: the independent planning bureaus (CPB, SCP, PBL), the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) and the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA).

In line with the needs of a contemporary working environment, the closed hierarchical building has been transformed into an open and inviting one, through a clear spatial configuration and additive design. B30 is now a space for contemporary ideas and research regarding government transparency, and this use is reflected in the new design.

You can have a look to the publication here.

22/02 2018

A glimpse of the new vertical museum

In Antwerp, the renovation and extension works of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts move forward. The roof of the new vertical museum has emerged, while some elements still lay on the top floor waiting to be placed on key points of the complex structure. Moreover, after one year of meticulous restoration, the stuccos of the Van Dyckzaal are now brought back to life and repositioned in their alcoves. It is the same for the elegant sage green tint, which is brought back to decorate the foyer area once again.

 

Images by photographer Karin Borghouts.

01/02 2018

CMA emerges in Lille

In Lille, framed by mature trees, the Chambre de Métiers et de L’Artisanat emerges as a natural element characterized by mimetic glass facades and transparency. The reportage by photographer Sebastian van Damme reveals the strong character of the monolithic building on its way to completion.

 

11/01 2018

Dikkie Scipio for Letters to the Mayor

The initiative started in 2014 by Storefront for Art and Architecture, Letters to the Mayor – Rotterdam invites a select group of international architects including Dikkie Scipio to write a letter to Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam, articulating some of the pressing questions and desires that, as architects, they believe play an important role in the political dimensions and decisions that drive the making of cities and territories.

Letters to the Mayor will be launched on Friday 12 January 2018, in the presence of the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, and will be on show at the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam until 11 February 2018.

29/12 2017

Kees Kaan on “Past, Present, Future” video project

“Past, Present, Future: ​about being an architect yesterday, today and beyond” is a series of video interviews conducted by Gianpiero Venturini of Itinerant Office. ​The project features eleven internationally renowned Dutch and Italian architects and explores the figure of the architect and his or her role in contemporary society.

Kees Kaan talks about his first steps into the architecture school, passing through the first projects​ and commissions till winning international competitions and the change of approach to the design process in the last decades. New keywords and important aspects of the future role of the architect such as the redefinition of functionality combined with the increasing sustainability debate and the complexity of fast developments in a time of technology are at the core of the video interviews.

Watch them on Itinerant Office Vimeo channel and below!

 

18/12 2017

KAAN Architecten designs facades for three new buildings for iCampus in Munich

KAAN Architecten has won the competition launched by R&S Realty II, to design the facades of three new office buildings for iCampus www.icampus-muenchen.de in the Werksviertel district of Munich. Works will start in 2020 and be completed by the end of 2022.

Located in a former industrial and commercial area behind the Ostbahnhof train station, the new development strives to blend existing industrial and office buildings with a new contemporary layer, dedicated to the creative industry. The Alpha, Beta, Gamma buildings, whose structure and floorplans have been designed by RKW Architektur +, will not merely rely on standard and strict German office rules to define their architecture, but will also express transparency and encompass lofty spaces that clearly represent the creative industry of the 21st century. The facade design by KAAN Architecten will underline and support the identity of the buildings to consolidate and unite the Werksviertel aesthetic, while at the same time being iconic within its own right.

Composed of a rational deep façade and utilitarian elements, the prominent concrete frame features large openings, and represents the structure of the buildings. It is designed to adapt to various typologies of office spaces of the future. Black metal cladding and window frames wrap the entrances, stairways, sunscreens and technical spaces in a single, seamless skin. To supercede standard office aesthetics and create a feeling of openness, the division of larger elements into smaller components and the number of vertical profiles have been limited.

Moreover, the roof is treated as the fifth facade, going beyond its function as a mechanical and technical space, to become a living, breathing part of the buildings. The atrium roofs incorporate distinct glass openings, designed in a triangular shape to maximize resourceful use of glass and thereby prevent overheating.

The atriums of the Alpha, Beta, Gamma buildings extend towards the entrance to create a spatial relationship between the interiors of the building and the external public space, and to provide adequate daylight to the offices. Here, cafés and shared spaces will embody the open and contemporary character of the project.

From 2020, the Alpha building will be the first to implement the facade design by KAAN Architecten, followed by the Beta and Gamma buildings. Completion is slated for the end of 2022.

 

CREDITS

Location: Friedenstraße, Werksviertel, Munich (Germany)

Client: R&S Realty II, Munich

Management: RKS Ingenieurgesellschaft für Projektmanagement mbH, Munich Subsidiary

Programme: facades and roof design of office buildings

Architect: KAAN Architecten (Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio)

Design team: Jana Culek, Di Fang, Paolo Faleschini, Michael Geensen, Moritz Kuehl, Hannes Ochmann, Aldo Trim, Claudia Vermeulen, Yang Zhang

Design: 2017

Start construction: 2020

Delivery: 2022

GFA: 13.900 sqm (Alpha building), 10.900 sqm (Beta building), 13.900 sqm (Gamma building)

Main building architect: RKW Architektur +, Düsseldorf

Façade advisor: KD Fassadenplanung, Düsseldorf

Visualization: Beauty & The Bit, Madrid

14/12 2017

OZC: a construction site reportage

The Education and Self-Study Center of the University of Tilburg (The Netherlands) is under construction and the new building is scheduled for completion in May 2018.

The prominent concrete structure in balanced dialogue with the wide glass facades has been completed. It’s now time to give the final shape to the central and sunken auditorium, to the study spaces which will be filled with daylight and to the green core of the OZC building. The reportage has been carried out by photographer Sebastian van Damme.

21/11 2017

Contract-signing ceremony at Schiphol

Last week the KL AIR team, composed by KAAN Architecten, Estudio Lamela, ABT, Ineco, Arnout Meijer Studio, DGMR and Planeground, was invited by the Schiphol Nederland B.V. to the official contract-signing ceremony.

The new Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Terminal is to be completed by 2023. As the event teaser states: “Now signing the contract. Soon a new terminal”.

 

photo © Bart Brussee

02/11 2017

A look into aviation terminals of the future

Until November 17th, 2017 an exhibition of the new Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminal’s design proposals is open at The Base in Schiphol (Evert van de Beekstraat). The show features a wide selection of models, images and boards from the five original submissions by KAAN Architecten in collaboration with Estudio Lamela, Ineco, ABT, Studio Arnout Meijer, DGMR and Planeground; MVRDV; OMA; SOM; and UNStudio. The exhibition will be open every working day from 9.00 to 18.00.

To learn more about the project, have a look at our Work section.

photos © Sebastian van Damme

31/10 2017

Dikkie Scipio jury member of De Meester 2017

The third edition’s winner of “De Meester”, the architecture promotion prize, will be announced on Wednesday November 1st, 2017 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 Marina van den Bergen (Archined), Robert-Jan de Kort (De Kort Van Schaik), Mendel Robbers (Schipper Bosch), Rens Schulze (Geurst & Schulze architecten).

 

De Avond van de Meester 2017 at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

Wednesday November 1, 2017 – h 18.30 / 20.00

25/10 2017

A book series about New Amsterdam Courthouse

The demolition works and construction of the New Amsterdam Courthouse started in January 2017. Photographer Dominique Panhuysen is reporting from the site to realise a dedicated book series.

From behind the construction fences and up in the tower cranes, she captures the work of demolishers and builders on the building site from a very personal perspective. Every building phase will result in a photo section. When the New Amsterdam Courthouse opens its doors, the series will be complete.

Browse here the first issue!

05/10 2017

Supreme Court awarded with Silver Medal

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands has been awarded with the International Prize for Sustainable Architecture Fassa Bortolo 2017 Silver Medal.

The prize is promoted by Fassa Bortolo and the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara in order to widely promote and publicize environmentally sustainable architectural projects designed for human needs.

An excerpt from the jury report states: “The use of efficient technological and engineering solutions, the design of flexible spaces able to adapt to changing requirements of use over time, as well as the choice of materials characterised by high durability, all combine to allow the building to respond effectively to the performance requirements defined during the meta-design phase.”

 

12/09 2017

KAAN Architecten to design the new Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminal with international consortium KL AIR

KL AIR, consisting of KAAN Architecten, Estudio Lamela, ABT and Ineco, with the support of Arnout Meijer Studio, DGMR and Planeground, has won the commission to design the new terminal at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The building will be located at Jan Dellaert Plein, south of Schiphol Plaza, the main airport meeting area and arrival point for passengers via Schiphol train station and the A4 highway. The new terminal is to be completed by 2023.

The spatial organization of the new 100,500 m2 terminal for approximately 14 million passengers per year, its design and the treatment of its façades, are based on the ability to link up with Schiphol Plaza, the train station and potential future expansions. This is achieved through architectural clarity, spatial openness, and details such as overhangs and black eaves.

Central to the design is the urban integration of the new terminal that will ensure an excellent connection with the rest of Schiphol. An overlapping area and a diversity of user flows distinguish the reception hall for departing passengers, and make a distinctive space for the baggage reclaim hall underneath the check-in floor. Furthermore, short and direct routes on the landside are urban integration elements that contribute to keeping Schiphol a “compact city”.

“The most inspiring architectural and planning DNA at Schiphol is that of De Weger and Duintjer’s 1967 Departures Hall, with interior design by Kho Liang Ie Associates, which is characterized by abundant daylight, simplicity of space and an impressive spatiality”, says the design team.

The large-scale terminal offers diverse spatial experiences to travellers within a light-infused environment, and the understated design allows the use of spaces to be self-evident, while not diminishing the overall functionality.

At the heart of the building, a raised Plateau creates a higher ceiling for the baggage hall and gives the check-in and security control area more privacy. Here passengers have a sweeping view over an entrance hall that is superbly crowned by a latticework of light, allowing travellers to take in the big Dutch sky. The columns in the façade and a few facility areas within the building will bear the load of the unique roof (spanning approximately 180 x 150 meters). Passengers will be able to oversee the space in a single glance and move freely within the space. Soaring panes of glass define the façades and provide a view into the vibrant activity of the airport as well as a view onto the wide open sky over the flat polder landscape. Materials such as wood flooring on the Plateau and lush greenery in the large light wells above the security control area communicate elements of sustainability inherent in the design.

Structural modularity and a repetitive rhythm in the façades and roof will serve the overall serenity and unity of the new terminal, while also providing excellent building blocks for any future extension. An integrity and timeless quality define this new link in the chain of Schiphol’s evolutionary development, and yet the design achieved is also distinctive and expressive.

The official release by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol can be found here.

Image: © Filippo Bolognese

07/09 2017

Vincent Panhuysen’s lecture at Crematorium Heimolen

On Sunday September 10th, 2017 at 15.00, Vincent Panhuysen will give a lecture at the Crematorium Heimolen in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) as part of the Festival van de Architectuur 2017 showcasing the best Belgian architecture from all over the country. 

The crematorium was completed by KAAN Architecten in 2008 and after almost 10 years it still captures the attention of the public and architecture press.

For more information about the event, please check the Festival van de Architectuur 2017’s website.

31/07 2017

KAAN Architecten in final stage for new Amsterdam Airport Schiphol terminal

KAAN Architecten in collaboration with Estudio Lamela, ABT, Ineco and with the support of Arnout Meijer Studio, DGMR and Planeground, are amongst the five competing teams for the new Amsterdam Schiphol’s terminal set for completion in 2023.

Schiphol’s ambitions for the new terminal are to set a new standard in the aviation world. The new terminal must embrace Schiphol’s DNA and evolve it into the future.

The winning design will be announced in September 2017.

For further information, please check Schiphol Airport website.

24/07 2017

A reportage of the New Amsterdam Courthouse’s construction site

Since last winter, photographer Dominique Panhuysen has been following the evolution of the New Amsterdam Courthouse construction site, undertaking a new photographic project similar to the one published for the official opening of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

The construction site is in fact currently a demolition site, the old Amsterdam Courthouse is in the final stages of demolition, to prepare the area for the new building designed by KAAN Architecten. From September 2017, debris will give way to cranes and excavators in accordance with the start of construction.

Here is a sneak peek of Dominique’s images.

20/07 2017

The making of the new Education and Self-Study Centre (OZC)

The new Education and Self-Study Centre (OZC) of the University of Tilburg is currently under construction. Completion is set for May 2018.

The building, a collaboration between KAAN Architecten and VORM, will support all faculties within the university by providing auditoriums, lecture rooms, meeting places and cafeterias for the students to meet and study. This video shows the special operation from day 17 of the construction process: the positioning of four 50.000 kg concrete beams with a span of 50 meters. Two cranes were needed to achieve this, weighing in at  650 and 750 tons respectively.

28/06 2017

KAAN Architecten opens São Paulo office and presents the design of São José dos Campos’ Faculty of Medicine

The firm expands its growing business by opening its second outpost in São Paulo (Brazil). The practice, founded by architects Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio in 2014 quintessentially reveals a natural connection with Brazilian modernist architecture and aesthetics, highlighted through the use of raw concrete, clean lines and functional forms.

Since 2015, KAAN Architecten has been working on various projects across Brazilian territory: City Hall Park, a broad urban redevelopment plan in São Bernardo do Campo, the refurbishment of the city hall tower, the Paço Building, and Ferrazópolis, a transit hub featuring housing and a commercial program.

A team of architects, urban planners and engineers led by Renata Gilio works in close collaboration with the Rotterdam office and is based on the ground floor of a Sixties building in the cultural and residential district of Higienópolis, west of São Paulo’s city center. The Brazilian branch is predominantly dedicated to urban planning, renovation projects and educational programs between the States of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

To mark the official launch of the new office and the start of construction, KAAN Architecten unveils the design for the new Faculty of Medicine of the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi (UAM) in São José dos Campos, a city in the greater metropolitan area of São Paulo State. Located in proximity to a main road junction of the city, the building stands on an elevated plot, which creates both isolation and ideal conditions to turn it into a new landmark in the dense urban fabric.

Optimizing the topographical characteristics of the area, the project stands firm and visually opens itself up to the city. The intense Brazilian solar radiation is mitigated by a fully encompassing system of vertical slabs that fulfills the need for shade in every façade. Choosing a regular structural system enabled KAAN Architecten to feature glass between the concrete slabs and roof beams. These are molded in loco, relying on the expertise of the local workforce, and eliminating the need for masonry.

The Faculty of Medicine in São José dos Campos is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

 

Location: Deputado Benedito Matarazzo Avenue, 7.001 – São José dos Campos – SP (Brazil)

Architect: KAAN Architecten (Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio)

Project team: Marco (Peixe) D’Elia, Paolo Faleschini, Renata Gilio, Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán, Mariana Mariano, Ricardo Marmorato, Laís Oliveira Xavier

Client: Laureate International Universities, Universidade Anhembi Morumbi 

Design phase: September 2016 – March 2017

Construction phase: February 2017 – December 2017

Site area: 29.700 sqm

Total floor area: 5.300 sqm + 1.800 sqm (underground parking)

Building costs: R$ 15 million (realization)

Main Contractor: R & G Incorporadora Ltda, São José dos Campos

Structural and hydraulic engineering: Fortec Engenharia, São José dos Campos

Electrical and lighting engineering: Eletrotécnica Volt Ltda, São José dos Campos

Investor representative: BRC Group, São Paulo

Landscape design advisor: URB SP, São Paulo

27/06 2017

Dedalo Minosse International Prize awards Education Center Erasmus MC

The Education Center Erasmus MC has been awarded an honourable mention by the Dedalo Minosse International Prize. The prize promotes quality in architecture, focusing on the design and construction process and the figures that determine the success of the work: the architect and the client.

KAAN Architecten and Erasmus MC received the prize in Vicenza (Italy) on June 23rd. On the same day an exhibition featuring all the winners was opened in the Palazzo Chiericati, the exhibition will travel worldwide in the upcoming months.

15/06 2017

De Bank welcomes the Day of Architecture Rotterdam 2017

On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June, KAAN Architecten’s office will be open to visitors as part of the “Day of Architecture 2017” in Rotterdam that this year is focused on the Maritime District and the Wilhelminapier.

 

Both days from 12.00 to 17.00, two guides will welcome visitors inside De Bank and give guided tours of the space every half-hour.

For more information, visit the website of the event.

07/06 2017

A time-lapse video of GUZ in Tübingen

The new Geosciences and Environmental Research Center of the University of Tübingen (Germany) is growing fast. Since March 2016 a webcam has been documenting the progress on-site.

The first year of construction was dedicated to the construction of the concrete structure; followed by the building’s roof featuring all the mechanical plant units. The glazing of the two meter deep galvanized steel “façade rings” has started and last week the surrounding site was filled with soil to match the ground level of the campus.

The building is expected to be completed by Summer 2018.

30/05 2017

Het Grote Publiek Gebouwen Congres invites Dikkie Scipio as speaker

On Wednesday May 31st, 2017, Dikkie Scipio will take part in the “Het Grote Publiek Gebouwen Congres”, a one-day event held at Lantaren Venster in Rotterdam.

On Wednesday May 31st, 2017, Dikkie Scipio will take part in the “Het Grote Publiek Gebouwen Congres”, a one-day event held at Lantaren Venster in Rotterdam.

The congress, organized by Architectenweb, will focus on the design of public buildings: from shopping and sport centers to museums and other cultural buildings. Starting at 13.45, Dikkie Scipio will give a lecture about the renovation and new design of the Education Center Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the ongoing renovation of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the upcoming one of Museum Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn.

Several projects and topics will be discussed by a range of speakers including Florian Idenburg (SO-IL), Michiel Riedijk (Neutelings Riedijk Architecten), Frederik Vermeersch (Rijnboutt), Erik Moederscheim (Moederscheim Moonen) and many more.

For more information, please visit this link.

Het Grote Publiek Gebouwen Congres

31 May 2017 – h 10.00 / 17.00

Lantaren Venster – Rotterdam

10/05 2017

Dikkie Scipio’s lecture in Nancy

This Thursday, May 11th, 2017 starting from 18.00, Dikkie Scipio will give a public lecture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieur d’Architecture de Nancy about the refurbishment and renovation of historic monumental architecture.

During the lecture “Past structures in present tenses“, Dikkie will discuss how working with listed buildings represents a very specific typology in architecture.

Many theories are developed around how to approach the refurbishment of historic monumental architecture. How to integrate elegantly new additions within a pre-existing situation? Through three different restoration and extension projects by KAAN Architecten, Dikkie Scipio will analyse the practice of implementing monumental buildings with innovative features and the challenge of finding a fair balance between the old and the new.
B30 (The Hague), the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Antwerp) and the Museum Paleis Het Loo (Apeldoorn) are currently in different stages of completion and offer an extensive overview on this particular topic.
Thursday 11 May 2017 – h 18.00 – Amphi B
Ecole Nationale Supérieur d’Architecture de Nancy
2 Rue Bastien-Lepage – Parvis Vacchini Nancy
26/04 2017

KAAN Architecten unveils B30: a transformed historical building in The Hague housing five unique users

The B30 – Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 has been designed by KAAN Architecten as the entry of an international competition (Public Private Partnership – PPP) launched by the Central Government Real Estate Agency, won in 2014 by a consortium led by Facilicom with Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, Deerns, Pieters Bouwtechniek, RebelGroup, and KAAN Architecten. The building houses under the same roof five unique users: the independent planning bureaus (CPB, SCP, PBL), the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) and the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA).

Originally built in 1917, by the then chief government architect Daniel E.C. Knuttel, as a Ministry during a period of austerity and renovated in 1994 by professor Hans Ruijssenaars, B30 is an imposing structure with a strong, distinct architectural character and it is a Grade 1 listed building in the Netherlands.

B30 is located in The Hague city center, alongside the Haagse Bos green space. It stands on Bezuidenhoutseweg, an historical arterial route connecting the Royal Palace Huis ten Bosch and the Dutch Parliament, Het Binnenhof.

KAAN Architecten’s design with its clear layout and architecture transforms the enclosed, hierarchical building – with an atmosphere representative of people’s perception of the State in the early 1900s – into an open, transparent and inviting setting in line with a contemporary and state-of-the-art working environment.

Thanks to an acute analysis that has mapped the essential qualities of the original design to create an inspired framework, the historic building is seen not as a dead museum piece, but as a vital and sustainable component of the total design.

Anchored in its urban setting, broader landscape and historic environment, B30 features an accessible and transparent public ground-floor, including restaurant, café, library, meeting and seminar rooms. All passageways are aligned with each other, creating long sightlines through the building, enhancing contact with the street, woods and gardens, and simplifying orientation and way-finding.

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At the core of the building, a large Atrium becomes the quiet heart of B30. Here, Dutch artist Rob Birza was called upon to design a new mosaic floor pattern, a garden abstraction giving life to an internal landscape that is visually connected with the city forest and the new side gardens.

Knuttel’s original design has been expanded on both sides: the Seminar Foyer features meeting rooms, seminar rooms, and a sunken auditorium running through the glazed space, while the Work Foyer is characterized by lounge and working areas, an espresso bar and a library. The Foyers’ partitions feature large pivoted glass doors encased by high-gloss aluminum frames opening onto the gardens.

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Both Atrium and the Foyers have been covered by a series of daylight shafts that borrow from the ubiquitous original coffered ceilings and take as their design principle a square base topped with triangular glass. These elements have been positioned for an optimal dispersion of sunlight, while preventing overheating by solar radiation.

The monumental staircase grants access to the magnificent former Minister’s Room on the first floor, while the Atrium visually connects with the four upper floors, which accommodates the workspaces of the various institutions. A new level of offices is situated over the “nave” of the building, and flows into the roof, where the height has been reduced from 30 to 20 metres to bring good scale and proportions to the inner courtyard.

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The façades of the new additions consist of a sandblasted concrete frames filled with stone and a colouring agent that matches the tones of the original building. Moreover, the change in hierarchical relations and the importance of the ground floor has been expressed in the façade by enlarging the windows: the openings have been taken down to the stone plinth of the building, moving the window sills down and lengthening the jambs.

B30 now gives space to contemporary ideas regarding government transparency, seen through the original design. A spatial expression of a shared vision that will inspire curiosity and invite research and debate.

 

CREDITS

Location: Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, The Hague (NL)

Architect: KAAN Architecten (Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio)

Project team: Tjerk de Boer, Timo Cardol, Kevin Claus, Sebastian van Damme, Paolo Faleschini, Raluca Firicel, Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán, Walter Hoogerwerf, Marlon Jonkers, Hedwig van der Linden, Loes Martens, Marija Mateljan, Giuseppe Mazzaglia, Maurizio Papa, Ismael Planelles Naya, Christian Sluijmer, Koen van Tienen

Primary client: Central Government Real Estate Agency (Rijksvastgoedbedrijf)

Direct client: Facilicom Services Group BV

Design phase: August 2012 – April 2015

Construction phase: January 2015 – February 2017

Total floor area: 21.000 sqm

Building costs: 31.000.000 €

Contractor: Breijer Bouw & Installatie, Rotterdam

Construction advisor: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Delft

Restoration advisor: Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, The Hague

Technical installations advisor: Breijer Bouw & Installatie, Rotterdam

Construction W+E installations: Breijer Bouw & Installatie, Rotterdam; Deerns, Rijswijk

Building physics, fire control and acoustics: Deerns, Rijswijk

Financial advisor: RebelGroup, Rotterdam

Lighting design: Studio Rublek, Schiphol

Mosaic design artist: Rob Birza (1962, Geldrop, NL)

Terrazzo mosaic realisation: Van der Zande Terrazzo en Mozaiek (Eric van der Zande and Marco Maarschalkerweerd)

Monumental staircase and Minister’s Room lighting fixture: Jan Pauwels

Wooden furniture: 13 Speciaal, Rotterdam

Offices: Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (RLi), Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA)

Main materials

Indoor floors and elevations: Ramon Grey, Israel (limestone)

Outside floors: Cenia, Spain (limestone)

Parquet: American Oak (wood)

Doors, window frames and fixtures: highly polished anodized aluminum

08/03 2017

Supreme Court at Borneo Architecture Center in Amsterdam

Starting from March 9th, 2017, the exhibition “​Daglicht Architectuur” at the Borneo Architecture Center in Amsterdam will feature all winners of the Daylight Award including the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. The project will be presented by Vincent Panhuysen in a lecture during the opening evening.

 

Since 2004 the Living Daylights Foundation has been working to promote the optimal use of daylight in the built environment by engaging with architects, designers, urban planners and stakeholders.
The exhibition at the Borneo Architecture Center in Amsterdam wants to highlight the quality of the award’s project selection and involve visitors in several public debates and lectures by the winning architects.
On Thursday March 9th, 2017 at 20.00, 
2016’s winners will present their projects, Vincent Panhuysen with the Supreme Court of the Netherlands and Tim de Graag with House 20×3.

Borneo Architecture Center – Amsterdam

“Daglicht Architectuur” exhibition

9 March – 22 June 2017 / monday – friday h 11.00 – 17.00

07/03 2017

KAAN Architecten designs Museum Paleis Het Loo’s renovation and expansion

Following a tendering process, the jury unanimously selected the winning proposal by KAAN Architecten. The design, inspired by the layout and proportions of the Corps de Logis of Paleis Het Loo, incorporates all required facilities and spaces while expressing a grandeur fitting for one of the Netherlands’ most popular and visited museums.

Originally built in 1686 as royal hunting palace, Paleis Het Loo is located on the outskirts of Apeldoorn, in the heart of the country. KAAN Architecten’s project – inspired by changing needs and new ambitions – consists of renovation, renewal and an expansion of more than 5000 sqm of new spaces, such as the House of Orange, the Junior Palace and temporary exhibition hall.

Upon arrival to the palace, visitors will reach the Bassecour where the four grass parterres of the front courtyard will be replaced by four glass surfaces with the exact same measurements. A thin layer of water will flow over the glass – a nod to the fountains and waterworks of the historic gardens. The new glass surfaces will be the only façade of the underground expansion. The entrance pavilions will lead to the light-filled underground entrance area where the ticket and information office, museum shop, and other visitor facilities will be located.

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The Grand Foyer will be the beating heart of the underground expansion. It will connect the entrance area to the Palace and provide access to the temporary exhibition area and the House of Orange. To the west of the Grand Foyer, there will be a space for temporary exhibitions with 5-metre high ceilings, consisting of two large and two medium-sized square rooms that are interconnected, while in the west wing, a museum will be developed especially for children: the Junior Palace.

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The past and present of the Dutch Royal Family will be intriguingly entwined and housed by the 1245 sqm of the House of Orange in the east wing. Furthermore, the interior layout of the Palace and its forty different royal rooms will be enhanced and given a more logical arrangement to allow visitors to experience different routes and feels.

The renovated and renewed Museum Paleis Het Loo will be completed by 2021.

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CREDITS

Location: Koninklijk Park 1, Apeldoorn (NL)

Client: Stichting Paleis Het Loo National Museum

Architect: KAAN Architecten (Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio)

Project team: Loes Martens, Paolo Faleschini, Niels de Hart, Joost Harteveld, Antony Laurijsen, Nicki van Loon, Marija Mateljan, Floris Sikkel, Niels Vernooij, Sebastian van Damme

Design: 2016-2017

Completion: 2021

GFA: more than 5.000 sqm

Construction advisor: Bartels Ingenieurs voor Bouw & Infra

Restoration advisor: Van Hoogevest Architecten

Installation / W&E advisor: Valstar Simonis, Apeldoorn

Building physics, fire control, acoustics advisor: DGMR Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Arnhem

Light design: Beers Nielsen

Visualisation: The Beauty & the Bit, KAAN Architecten

28/02 2017

Ground breaking in Nantes for Bottière Chênaie

On March 1st, 2017 the first stone laying ceremony of the new Bottière Chênaie district in the north-east part of the city will be held in Nantes (France).

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Following an international competition held in 2013, KAAN Architecten designed a large urban development mixing residential, commercial and office buildings.

The project will be presented on Wednesday March 1st, 2017 starting at 16.00 during a press conference at the restaurant “2 Potes au Feu” in the presence of Pascal Chessé, President and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Chessé; Michel Giboire, Chairman of the Board of Groupe Giboire; Alain Robert, Deputy Mayor of Nantes in charge of urban planning, trade and major urban projects; and Kees Kaan, co-founder of KAAN Architecten.

 

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.

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.

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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.
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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.

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“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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

20/10 2016

“The Learn’d” at the Istanbul Design Biennial 2016

Are we human?. The 2016 edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial, curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, features a selection of research projects focused on the relation between design and people.

The Learn’d, the short film about the Education Center Erasmus MC has been chosen by Marco Brizzi and Davide Rapp, curators of The Architecture Player, to take part to Fictional Humanism, an original video project.

Fictional Humanism looks at architecture from a different point of view. In videos, architectural projects change, both in their identity and in their ontology, together with the human presences featured in it.

“Are we human?” – 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial; 22 October – 20 November 2016

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11/10 2016

Supreme Court awarded with Living Daylight Award 2016

The Daylight Award is a Dutch biennial prize for buildings that have a pronounced daylight quality. This year the Supreme Court of the Netherlands has been awarded thanks to its rich array of daylight aspects and to the smart strategies for artificial lighting.

The jury composed by Alexander Rosemann (TU Eindhoven), Jeroen van Schooten (Team V Architectuur),  Paul van Bergen (DGMR), Peter Lindeman (Rodeca Systems), Kees van der Hoeven (ArchitectenWerk), Sander Mirck (Mirck Architecture) made a choice based on specific criterias like experience, function, vision and building physics.

07/10 2016

Netherlands Embassy featured at BIA-AR 2016

The Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura – Argentina 2016 will take place in Cordoba (Argentina) from October 11th to 14th. The event will host 5 international speakers and it will feature 36 international works including the Netherlands Embassy in Mozambique.

“Processes” focuses on types of architecture that address the concept of processes, either because they affect their surroundings in some vital way, or because of the singularity of the design and construction process itself.

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28/09 2016

Re-interpreting a national heritage site

The governmental building B30 in The Hague was first conceived by Daniël Knuttel in 1917, and will shortly become the new accommodation of the Dutch planning offices. 

The renovation and extension on the original design led by Dikkie Scipio is aiming to achieve an open yet monumental architecture thanks to new openings, gardens and an artistic intervention on the atrium’s floor. Karin Borghouts gives us an insight of the building currently in its delivery phase.

 

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19/09 2016

The Education Center as seen by Fernando Guerra

Three years after the official opening, the Education Center, part of the Erasmus MC university in Rotterdam still maintains its incredible allure.

A new reading of the building offered by award-winner photographer Fernando Guerra highlights the balance between the original structure designed by Arie Hagoort in collaboration with Jean Prouvé and the new extension design. Protagonists are the light triangles of the roof projected in the central square, the lively spaces generated by the book wall library, and the articulated working spaces.

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12/09 2016

CMA in Lille is taking shape

First official images from the construction site of the new Chambre des Métiers et de l’Artisanat, which will open to the public in 2017, have been released.

The photographic reportage highlights the design and its relation with the vivid landscape which is achieved thanks to the prominent horizontal façades, the exceptional cantilever, the ability of blending with the vegetated background and the broad interiors.

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31/08 2016

A sneak peek of B30’s interiors

A few weeks ago photographer Sebastian van Damme visited the construction site of B30 in The Hague (nl) to capture the last moments before the completion of the renovation led by Dikkie Scipio.

The reportage shows a sneak peek of the interiors: the main atrium with the new roof carried out in accordance with the structural decorative coffers of the old building and the new workspaces of the upper floors.

Designed by Dutch artist Rob Birza, the atrium floor in mosaic recalls the outdoor gardens of the building. Big circles are the frames of the art piece that the artist will realize together with Van der Zande Terrazo & Mozaiek.

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12/07 2016

KAAN releases the book “Nieuw leven voor Huis van Brabant”

The Provinciehuis of North-Brabant was originally designed in 1971 by Dutch architect Hugh Maaskant. The challenge of the renovation project by KAAN Architecten, completed in 2015, stands in the right reading of the original spatial quality and in updating the building to contemporary needs.

KAAN Architecten’s intervention achieves an extensive openness of the three levels of the horizontal plinth; in the office tower rooms are replaced by a flexible working space and clustered in three floors each.

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The dualism of then and now, the contemporary renewal by KAAN Architecten in the Maaskant spirit, have been captured in both photographs by Sebastian van Damme, and words by Ruud Brouwers. Sebastian van Damme is permanently searching for the essence of the built environment. Ruud Brouwers is an architecture critic and a consultant on urban development and architecture policy.

Their complementary works are now combined in the book, published by KAAN Architecten.

06/07 2016

KAAN Architecten designs Library & Academy of Performing Arts in Aalst (be)

The city council of the Flemish city of Aalst has commissioned KAAN Architecten to design their new library, a largely new complex in the city centre which will also house the Academy for Performing Arts. The complex, situated on the corner of Oude Graanmarkt and Esplanadestraat, will be completed in 2018 – a full century after the end of World War I.

The city requested: “A library for Aalst that will become an open and accessible place, a home for information, knowledge, culture and leisure opportunities.” Other, no less important stipulations included that the design by KAAN would be an impetus for the fulfilment of a vibrant city centre and a place where all of the different communities within Aalst can meet each other.

The preliminary design, which won KAAN Architecten the commission, is a complex with lively, urban allure. Precisely because its plan is functionally driven, it achieves a sense of spatial freedom that enriches the experience of the building. The so-called Pupillenschool, with its grand presence and eventful history, is being used as a ‘cornerstone’ to anchor the new complex in the surrounding urban fabric and in the hearts of the people of Aalst.

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The irregular street pattern of the historic centre of Aalst was a source of inspiration and forms the foundation for the new complex. At various points the streets converge erratically, leaving small open spaces – tiny public squares that dot the old city centre. By inserting a rectangular edifice loosely against the back and part of the side of the Pupillenschool, Aalst has gained two more of such small public squares: one serving as the entrance area for the complex and the other as terrace to the reading café.

The combination of a library and arts academy may not at first seem very logical. The performing arts involve movement and noise, while reading is a static and quiet activity. The blending of the two, however, is also infectious and gives greater impact to the idea of a meeting place. KAAN Architecten believes the combination sets them a challenge to design a building that lets each complement the other in an ideal way. Aalst dances, plays and reads – a motto that speaks to the imagination.

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The city has chosen to perform a public private partnership (PPP) for the municipal library by means of a Design & Build contract. This DB has been procured as one single entity to the private party of Groep Van Roey NV. Subsequently, Van Roey has configured a consortium for this very purpose of which KAAN Architecten is a member, next to ABT, Studiebureau R. Boydens NV, Util Structuurstudies and Dutch Light Pro.

 

project name: Library & Academy for Performing Arts Pupillensite

location: Graanmarkt 4, 9300 Aalst (be)

client: Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Stadsontwikkeling Aalst (AGSA)

architect: KAAN Architecten

project team: Bas Barendse, Tjerk de Boer, Sebastiaan Buitenhuis, Sebastian van Damme, Raluca Firicel, Narine Gyulkhasyan, Joost Harteveld, Martina Margini, Giuseppe Mazzaglia, Kevin Park

GFA: 8.500 sqm

design: 2016

main contractor: Groep Van Roey NV

advisor construction: UTIL Struktuurstudies

advisor installation: Studiebureau R. Boydens NV

advisor fire control and acoustics: ABT

advisor sustainability: Studiebureau R. Boydens NV

visualisation: EdiT, KAAN Architecten

20/06 2016

KAAN reveals new design for De Zalmhaven

See the latest design for De Zalmhaven – an ongoing project comprising 220 apartments built on a site adjacent to the onetime port of Zalmhaven, center of Rotterdam. Two shifted towers of 70m each sprout from a solid plinth, offering astounding views over the river and highlighting the access to the building.

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Combining both urban and local scales, the complex presents a more stately and formal façade overlooking the city in the North side, while meandering balconies characterize the South front, introducing a more private and intimate dimension.

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A transparent grid façade relates to the traditional surroundings and binds the various elements of the block together in a unique and recognisable system. The towers include a wide range of apartments in different sizes, while the plinth comprises units with rooftop gardens or directly relating to the surroundings on the ground level.

Read more about De Zalmhaven on the project page as well as on the facebook page of the project.

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09/06 2016

Dikkie Scipio’s essay to present the book “BEELDEN”

The new book “BEELDEN. Stadsverfraaiing in Rotterdam sinds 1940”, written by Siebe Thissen (head of Beeldende Kunst & Openbare Ruimte) is about the reconstruction in Rotterdam and the role that art played in it.

On the occasion of the book launch, Dikkie Scipio has signed an essay about the relation between sculptures and public spaces in the city of Rotterdam.

You can read the full essay “Sculptures in Public Spaces” in the Academic section of the website.

“While public space used to be defined as space that wasn’t privately owned and was delineated by building facades and entrances, and where on occasion the space might have been entrusted to artists when conceded by the generosity of a builder/owner, today the line between public and private is slowly blurring. A new generation has emerged that no longer aims for possession, not on account of political ideals but because they do not see the point of ownership.”

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31/05 2016

KAAN to design New Amsterdam Courthouse

With a staff of 1.000, including 200 judges and 800 professionals, as well as many daily visitors and the processing of 150.000 cases a year, the Courthouse of Amsterdam is the largest in the Netherlands. The new building will be located at the intersection of the Zuidas and Parnassusweg, where the present judicial complex will be demolished.

KAAN Architecten’s preliminary design is a stately, open structure which offers both employees and visitors views over the city, and passers-by the opportunity to engage with the building. Natural design consequences of this are the big windows at the ground floor as well as the entrance courtyard intended for public use. The city’s streets merge with the layout of the building. The forecourt, the central hall and its foyers, and the waiting areas for visitors are an extension of urban space.

Inside, just off the central hall, the building will have two independent structures with 50 courtrooms and council chambers, all provided with daylight. NACH_central-foyer

Gardens will also be protagonists of the New Amsterdam Courthouse. The central hall with escalator will border an enclosed garden, shielded by a glass wall. Vertical gardens will climb through the building among the offices. And in the western part, a sunken garden will supply daylight to the lower floor, while a large terrace will also provide 50 workstations with connections.

The new building is to be completed in 2020.

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KAAN Architecten is undertaking works for the New Amsterdam Courthouse as part of a consortium which includes Macquarie Capital, ABT, DVP, construction companies Heijmans and M.J. de Nijs & Zonen, and Facilicom. A 30-year DBFMO contract, established upon commission by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, forms the basis of this public-private partnership (PPP).

Images by KAAN Architecten, Beauty & The Bit.

18/05 2016

B30 completion on its way

B30, the new accommodation of the Dutch planning offices, is a renovation of a ministry building of the 20th Century in the city of The Hague. The entire ground floor is an extension of the public and collective spaces and includes a seminar room, partly positioned in the garden.

A reportage by photographer Sebastian van Damme is following all the steps of the renovation process, below the latest shots.

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09/05 2016

#hetnieuwemuseum microsite launch and the interview with Dikkie Scipio

Today the Flemish Minister of Culture Sven Gatz visited the new vertical museum under construction and launched the new microsite “hetnieuwemuseum.be” documenting the renovation and extension works.

The interactive microsite shows the vertical museum design and simulation of the new rooms and museum spaces, alongside with regular updates on both the renovation and new museum works. A timelapse camera is screening the constant changes of the construction site.

The launch coincide with the second renovation phase involving the six museum courtyards: two small ones containing technical installations and four bigger ones welcoming new exhibition spaces designed by KAAN Architecten. Big voids and a new roof are at the core of the design, while the original routing of the museum is restored.

The main entrance part will feature a public library, a museum shop, a café, an auditorium, a cloakroom, toilets and workshop rooms. The renovation of the facade will start in late 2017 and the new Royal Museum of Fine Arts will open again its doors in 2019.

An extensive interview with Dikkie Scipio “Two worlds inside one museum” illustrates the design process and the vertical museum design.

26/04 2016

KAAN Architecten designs new Tilburg University building

KAAN Architecten and VORM will be building a large new campus building at the University of Tilburg. With the Education and Self-Study Centre (OZC), comprising a floor area of 11,000 square meters, the university aims to provide better facilities for students and therefore further increase the quality of education. Works will be complete by the autumn of 2017.

The design of the OZC by KAAN Architecten has a square shape and is relatively low, like several other buildings on the campus. This ensures a good fit within the surroundings and among the trees. Yet it also differs significantly from the square central university building, the Cobbenhagen, formerly the Catholic Economics College that became the first university building in the early 1960s. Designed by architect Jos Bedaux (1910-1989), this closed edifice pulls the outlying landscape into the interior through two patios. The building by KAAN Architecten however, is nestled in the landscape. Ample daylight and quite marked openness with radical views through the structure make the building merge with its environment. The study spaces are enclosed in a green setting, as an opening in the woods.

The OZC will support all faculties within the university and so will be continuously busy with up to 2500 students and educators all connected to each other thanks to the new building spaces. In order to safeguard its openness and avoid feeling crowded, the building has been given extra berth. All the spaces, including the corridors, are wide, light and tall – up to six meters high. The plans include a large number of study coves and group areas of different dimensions, as well as various lecture rooms that will be equipped with all the necessary IT and communication tools. The auditorium has been given a central and sunken position so that the building retains transparent passages from one end to another.

In collaboration with KAAN Architecten and VORM, the consortium that obtained the contract also includes Pieters Bouwtechniek, J. van Toorenburg BV, Bosch Slabbers, Buro Bouwfysica, OPPS, ABT, A.de Jong Installatietechniek, Steegman Electrotechniek, De Groot & Visser BV, Oranjedak, GWS dé schoonmaker and Caspar de Haan Groep.

Construction will commence in the end of 2016.

 

project name: OZC (Education and Self-Study Center)

location: campus Tilburg University (The Netherlands)

client: Tilburg University

programme: auditorium, lecture rooms, tutorial rooms, meeting rooms, restaurant, exam rooms, lounge area

architect: KAAN Architecten (Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio)

design team: Alejandro Gonzáles Pérez, Martina Margini, Kevin Park, Maria Stamati, Yiannis Tsoskounoglou, Noëmi Vos, Yang Zhang

design: 2016

start construction: end of 2016

delivery: December 2017

GFA: 11.000 sqm

main contractor: VORM

project management: VORM

advisor water installations: A de Jong Installatietechniek

advisor electrical installations: Steegman Installatietechniek

advisor construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek

advisor technical installations: J van Toorenburg Installatieadviseur

advisor fire and acoustics: Buro Bouwfysica

sustainability: ABT

quality management: OPPS

landscape: Bosch Slabbers

visualization: Beauty & The Bit

22/04 2016

Book: De Hoge Raad der Nederlanden

Photographer Dominique Panhuysen has recently released the book “De Hoge Raad der Nederlanden – under construction”, a collection of photographs taken during 25 construction months of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

In early 2014, KAAN Architecten asked Dominique Panhuysen to follow the construction of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague, confident that her peculiar view would have offered an insightful documentation of the building process. Focusing her attention on people, traces of life and gesture, this voluminous compound is able to depict, at the same time, the beauty and the roughness of this high court complex.

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Dominique Panhuysen is a photographer and visual artist. She has a keen eye for the extraordinary of the ordinary. A prominent feature of her oeuvre is to capture and document everyday situations. The materials and subjects generally appearing in her work are found casually, during daily explorations. Her photography projects often consider series, spanning over several years.

To browse the book, follow this link.

The book is available as a paperback 38x30cm/320 pages, with ISBN 978-90-324843-1-1, published by KAAN Architecten.

For more info please contact dominique.panhuysen@online.nl.

 

18/04 2016

The Power of Architecture

On Friday April 22, 2016, starting from 6 PM, at Garage Rotterdam, Kees Kaan (KAAN Architecten) and Bjarne Hammer (Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects) will present the new projects of high court buildings just completed in The Hague: the Supreme Court of the Netherlands and the International Criminal Court. The lectures will be followed by a public debate moderated by Salomon Frausto.

Two distinguished high courts have just been built in the city of The Hague (NL):
• the Supreme Court of the Netherlands on Korte Voorhout, designed by KAAN Architecten (Rotterdam, NL)
• the International Criminal Court on the corner between Oude Waalsdorperweg and Van Alkemadelaan, designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (Copenhagen, DK)

 

Constitutional law usually requires that court proceedings, and therefore the court buildings as well, are open to the public. Openness must be guaranteed by providing a suitably accessible location in an urban environment and by ensuring appropriate security measures. Additionally, these buildings must also offer sheltered environments allowing comfortable working conditions. The buildings need to be both inviting and secured, with separate routes and accessibility for the public, the judges and the defendants. Can these seemingly contradictory requisites coincide architecturally in an appealing and contemporary way? Queries about the power of architecture can also extend to further issues. A classical building exhibiting a personified Justitia on its pediment is easily identified as a courthouse, however this does not necessarily give expression to state democracy. In these times of terrorism, can the Rechtsstaat (Rule of Law) find an appropriate interpretation through contemporary architectural methods?

 

Garage Rotterdam, Goudsewagenstraat 27, Rotterdam
Friday April 22nd, 2016
18:00 – 21:30
Free entrance

programme:
18:00 opening and welcome speech
18:40 Kees Kaan introduces the Supreme Court of the Netherland, The Hague
19:00 Bjarne Hammer introduces the International Criminal Court, The Hague
19:20 the moderator will animate a debate with the speakers and the public
20:00 drinks

 

Supreme Court of the Netherlands
As the highest court of law in the land, the Supreme Court passes researched and reasoned judgements on everyday affairs in civil society. It is a public institution that supports a state based on justice and integrity, and is at the same time an organisation that operates in retreat in order to formulate well-grounded rulings and findings. The dualities of the Supreme Court on several levels, the real-world yet also fragile aspects, the public yet also closed character – these were used as a source of inspiration for the design.
A majestic gateway is formed by the plane trees of the royal route and the row of six bronze statues of legal scholars. This space flows over into the entrance hall of the building. The inviting hall and its courtrooms seem to have been chiselled from a solid block of stone. It serves as a sturdy base for a superstructure of glass panels and slender steel latticework. Distinguished and functional, heavy and light, sturdy and refined – all exist alongside routine business, on which rulings are passed with great clarity of mind. With light wells over centrally located atriums, the interior achieves the elegance of an urban palace, appropriate to the status of the Supreme Court.

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International Criminal Court
The ICC is not just a building or a headquarter, in every aspect it has integrated the security that is required of one of the most secured buildings in the world, either built into the landscape or within the building itself. It is a statement of an independent architecture, open-minded and accessible.
The new permanent premises appear as a sculptural abstraction, a composition of six volumes, firmly anchored to the site and rising from the surrounding dune landscape. The tallest of the volumes is the Court Tower that rises up as a green element. The architectural idea is to continue the cultivated parterre gardens from the ground floor level, as a cladding on the Court Tower. Historically, gardens have always existed as part of all cultures and all religions. With flowers and plants from each of the regional groups of states, the parterre garden rises up as a symbol of unity, regardless of nationality and culture. The remaining volumes, the office towers, are draped in a tapestry grid, almost like embroidery.

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15/04 2016

KAAN Architecten to design New Amsterdam Court House

KAAN Architecten is part of the New Amsterdam Court House (NACH) consortium that will be implementing the Amsterdam Court House Project. The Central Government Real Estate Agency (Rijksvastgoedbedrijf) has provisionally selected the consortium for this Public Private Partnership (PPP). Following contract award, KAAN Architecten will be given a share in the design of the court house. The value of the DBFMO project is € 235 million (including a 30-year management and maintenance contract). Final contract award is expected to occur on 10 May 2016.

Design, construct and operate 

A special purpose company will be created for the implementation of the project with Macquarie Capital as the sole shareholder. KAAN Architecten, together with a/o ABT, Heijmans and Facilicom, will form a combination that will design, construct and operate the court house. Demolition work for the construction of the new court house along the Zuidas in Amsterdam is expected to commence at the beginning of 2017. The court house is expected to be occupied in November 2020. The 30-year operating period will commence once the building has been occupied.

NACH Consortium
The NACH Consortium is initiated by Macquarie Capital, ABT, DVP, KAAN Architecten, BiUM, and Bouwbedrijf M.J. de Nijs & Zonen. Additionally, the consortium has been extended with Heijmans and Facilicom.

Read the official announcement

08/04 2016

KAAN awarded assignment “Renovation and Extension” of Museum Paleis Het Loo

Museum Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn has awarded the assignment of the Renovation and Extension to KAAN Architecten in Rotterdam. After a careful procedure, the architect selection committee, under the chairmanship of Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade, unanimously selected this plan. At the end of the year, the final design will be presented and there will then be clarity about the exact planning and costs.

Museum Director Michel van Maarseveen about this choice:
‘As museum, we are very pleased that KAAN Architects presented a draft design that fully matches our wishes and ambitions and respects the historic palace complex. The underground extension has considerable allure and is both hospitable and functional.’

Architect Dikkie Scipio:
‘We explicitly sought for a form with which we, without competing with the monument, could highlight the grandeur of museum Paleis Het Loo in a surprising way and extend it further. I am delighted that the selection committee has acknowledged this fact.’

Museum Paleis Het Loo will be ‘open at revised times’ during the Renovation and Extension. The renovation covers the replacement of technical installations, climate-control installations and the removal of asbestos. While this major repair is taking place, an underground extension to Paleis Het Loo will be created. This extension will provide more space for temporary exhibitions and the large-scale collection will be presented better. The facilities for the public will also be improved.

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06/04 2016

KAAN Architecten signs the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands has been designed by KAAN Architecten as the entry of an international Public Private Competition (Publiek Private Samenwerking – PPS) won in 2012 by Poort van Den Haag, the consortium made up of BAM PPP B.V., PGGM, BAM Bouw en Techniek B.V., ISS Nederland B.V. and KAAN Architecten.

The building, which measures 18.000 m2 and houses a staff of 350, is located in the elegantly historic city center of The Hague. It is situated along the Korte Voorhout, a royal route connecting several institutional buildings to the Parliament building, and adjacent to Malieveld park; in this location the new design, with the measured vibrancy of its facades, interacts with the trees across the street announcing the city gateway.

The main entrance is flagged by six bronze statues of legal scholars seated on pedestals, with a single pane of glass subtly marking the transition from the street to the interior. The transparency of the building signifies both accessibility to the public as well as the soundness and clarity of judgment.

The entrance hall (where the courtrooms and the press room are located) forms the public area; it has double height ceilings that span the full length of the building. The floors and walls are of a light grey limestone that exudes a velvety texture. The large and small courtrooms, which hold 400 and 80 visitors respectively, are distinguished by brown-veined translucent alabaster walls. In the middle of the entrance hall, in between the two courtrooms, hangs the artwork “Hoge Raad” by Dutch painter Helen Verhoeven. It was commissioned specially for the Supreme Court.

The upper floors accommodate offices, a library with study places, a restaurant, and council and meeting chambers. Daylight permeates the building through several skylights, forming the core of the distinct domains of the Council (Raad) and Procurator General Office (Parket). The two departments are identified by the use of different materials: a vertically striped Marmara Equator marble in the Council, and an organic Skyline marble in the Procurator General Office area. At the circumference of the openings each floor has pantries with coffee machines, seating, and bookcases. The light, the sightlines throughout the space, and the open perspective inspire social interaction, encourage the exchange of ideas and opinions, and allows for informal gatherings.

Three sides of the building are exposed to sun over the course of a day. These facades are climate controlled through the use of a spacious cavity in the glass casings: glass boxes that not only keep out the heat and cold, but also the sound of traffic outside. Nonetheless, the windows can be opened if desired, while the sun blinds and light filters can also be individually regulated. This controlled double protection produces a layered facade, flat and yet canted, a subtle nuance that adds even more elegance to the whole.

 

On Saturday April 23rd – 2016, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands will welcome visitors on the occasion of its first open day.

 

Location: Korte Voorhout 8, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Client: Rijksvastgoedbedrijf

Architect: KAAN Architecten (Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio)

Design team: Allard Assies, Luca Baialardo, Christophe Banderier, Bas Barendse, Dennis Bruijn, Timo Cardol, Sebastian van Damme, Marten Dashorst, Luuk Dietz, Willemijn van Donselaar, Paolo Faleschini, Raluca Firicel, Michael Geensen, Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán, Joost Harteveld, Walter Hoogerwerf, Michiel van der Horst, Marlon Jonkers, Jan Teunis ten Kate, Marco Lanna, Giuseppe Mazzaglia, Ana Rivero Esteban, Joeri Spijkers, Koen van Tienen, Noëmi Vos

Design phase: December 2012 – January 2014

Construction phase: September 2013 – January 2016

Contractor: Consortium Poort van Den Haag: BAM PPP B.V., PGGM, BAM Bouw en Techniek B.V., ISS Nederland B.V. and KAAN Architecten

Structural engineering: Arup Nederland

Electrical engineering: BAM Bouw en Techniek

Mechanical engineering: Arup Nederland

Site supervision: KAAN Architecten, BAM Bouw en Techniek

Constructor mechanical + electrical installations: BAM Bouw en Techniek

Fire, comfort, acoustics, security: DGMR

Spatial acoustics: Level Acoustics

Building control: CBB

Parking advisor: Wim van Vlierden

Site area: 2.500 m2

Total floor area: 18.000 m2 (including underground parking)

Cost: 59.000.000 € (realisation)

Artwork: “Hoge Raad” (oil on canvas, 400 x 647 cm, 2015) by Helen Verhoeven

04/04 2016

Archeological findings in the garden of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts

First results of the archeological digs in the garden of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) show the exact location and the state of preservation of the ancient citadel of Alva. 

Underneath the museum site, archeologists found the Fernando bastion, one of the five ones belonging to the old citadel, and the flank of the main wall made of bricks and stone is now lying bare. Archeological finds include the bastion’s gun emplacement, a discovery that enrich the understanding of Antwerp’s military past.

The excavation will be carried out along with the renovation works of the museum.

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts will open its doors in 2019.

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photo © Karin Borghouts

25/03 2016

The Learn’d at Novi Fokus Niš

KAAN Architecten’s short film about the Education Center Erasmus MC directed by Victor Vroegindeweij will be screened in Niš (Serbia) during the International Architecture Film Festival “Novi Fokus Niš” on April 1-2, 2016.

Novi Fokus Niš is founded by Sanja Cvetković and Djordje Jović of Biro4321, a non-profit organization, established by two architecture students, determined to change and challenge architectural education, in Niš, Serbia.

 

29/01 2016

KAAN is running for Paleis Het Loo’s competition

KAAN Architecten is selected for the competition launched by Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn, the historical royal Dutch residence from XVII century, to improve and expand the visitors facilities.

Together with this expansion, the installation system will be updated and asbestos will be removed. The exteriors won’t face any change and the entrance will remain in the same position. According to the competition planning the renovation should start in 2018 and the new Paleis Het Loo be delivered by 2021.

KAAN Architecten is on the run with four other candidates: Architect Koen van Velsen; Next Architects + AL_A; Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen Architecten; and Neutelings Riedijk Architects.

Results are expected for mid-March 2016.

11/11 2015

Dikkie Scipio jury member of De Meester

The new promotion prize debuts on Wednesday November 18, 2015 at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

The Fleur Groenendijk Foundation created “De Meester” prize, together with Dikkie Scipio as initiator, in collaboration with the Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst aiming 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 Han van den Born (KCAP), Mirjana Milanovic (Senior advisor Dienst Ruimtelijke Orde Amsterdam), Paul van der Laar (director Museum Rotterdam; prof. Urban History Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam) and Michiel van Raaij (editor in chief Architectenweb.nl).

Candidates for the 5.000 euro promotional prize are: Stephan Boon with Getijdenperspectief, Femke Feenstra with Huis voor alle zinnen, Katarzyna Nowak with Art in Context and Ruben Sannen with Tanah Antara.

 

De Avond van de Meester 2015 at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

Wednesday November 18, 2015 – h 19.30 / 23.00 – sign up for free entrance

20/10 2015

B30: a building site reportage

The renovation process of the Bezuidenhoutsweg 30 building in The Hague has started and photographer Sebastian van Damme is following the construction site.

The building is a State monument located close by The Hague central station, the city park and the institutional area comprising ministries and governmental buildings.

From the XIX century onwards, the structure has undergone many changes, loosing its identity and not suiting the contemporary working standards anymore. The renovation project is a re-interpretation of the essence of the original design aiming to achieve an open and transparent architecture thanks to new roofs and ceilings, patios and an easy way-finding.

To read more about the project follow our KAAN work section and the B30 website.

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06/10 2015

The Learn’d in New York, Rotterdam and Milan

The short film “The Learn’d” shot at the Education Center Erasmus MC will be screened in several architecture film festivals around the world during the whole month of October.

First appointment is with the New York “Short Films Walk”, preview of the Architecture and Design Film Festival; followed two days later by the AFFR Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and lastly by the Milanese Design Film Festival.

Oct. 7 – h 18.00: Short Films Walk in SoHo (New York)

Oct. 9 – h 13.30: AFFR at Lantaren Vester (Rotterdam)

Oct. 16 – h 15.00: Milano Design Film Festival at Anteo spazioCinema (Milan)

02/09 2015

The vertical museum is taking shape

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) official blog is following step by step the museum building site.

A short reportage by photographer Karin Borghouts has recently featured the installation process of the steel staircase, part of the museum of the 21st century. The new staircase will be integrated into one of the four patios, crucial elements of the vertical museum concept, allowing the full height view from the lower point of the museum site to the new light scooped roof.

At this link the gallery from the blog and up here an unreleased image of the new space.

01/06 2015

First stone ceremony for ISMO

On Wednesday June 3rd, 2015 will be held the first stone laying ceremony of the Institut des Sciences Moléculaire d’Orsay in Paris.

The building is part of the new development of Paris-Saclay campus in Orsay, Paris; and under construction since July 2014.

The event will take place from 2.00pm at the Campus de la Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay, Bât. 520 in rue André Rivière at the presence of Mr. Bourguignon – director of the Institut des Sciences Moléculaire d’Orsay, Mr. Bittuon – president of Université Paris-Sud, Mr. Ros – Orsay mayor, Mr. Veltz – president/general director of Établissement Paris-Saclay, Mrs. Castelnot – Palaiseau deputy prefect.

After the ceremony, from 2.30pm the building will be presented at the Amphitheatre Blandin du LPS with an short discourse by Kees Kaan.

21/05 2015

Ground breaking for CMA in Lille

KAAN Architecten, together with PRANLAS-DESCOURS Architect & Associates, officially announces the start of construction of the Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat (CMA) in Lille, the winning project of an international competition held in 2007.

The Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat is located at the edge of the old city fortification of Lille, in correspondence of one arterial road defining the city center and the new suburban areas. The building is surrounded by a distinctive landscape featuring infrastructure of rail and motorway, embankments, lush greenery with diverse botanical species and artificial topography, in a mix of landscape and horizontality.

The design developed in collaboration with PRANLAS-DESCOURS Architect & Associates (Paris, France), is based on the site’s history and geography and merges sustainability, landscape, architecture and interior design. The monolithic look of the building results from emphasizing horizontality and highlighting the site on two levels: the landscape and the surrounding neighborhood.

The multipurpose building has three main floors with various program: a public ground floor, an educational first floor and a second floor with office spaces enclosing the auditorium at the core of the building. The different areas are separated one from the other by two independent level entrances, by an articulated program division and a clear circulation system giving shape to a solid and simultaneously compartmentalized building.

The auditorium can be used in various ways as well as the magnificent main lobby. Modern and robust materials have been used, while the spaces have been designed with special attention to the human scale. CMA’s transparency and integration of green patios drive visitors through the building thanks to an easy and natural way-finding.

On Friday May 22nd, 2015 from 2.30pm in Rue Abélard (Lille, France) the first stone laying ceremony will be held together with the presentation of the project in the presence of the Ministre du Travail, de l’Emploi et du Dialogue social, M.François Rebsamen, the Président de la Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat du Nord-Pas-de-Calais, M.Alain Griset and the architects Kees Kaan and Jean-Pierre Pranlas-Descours.

The building will be delivered in March 2017.

 

FACTUAL INFORMATION

project name: Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat

location: Rue Abélard, Rue du Fouborg d’Arras, Lille, France

client: Chambre de Métiers et de L’Artisanat du Nord-Pas-de-Calais

program: administrative offices, auditorium, main lobby, exhibition spaces, laboratories, teaching rooms, library, educational and study areas, restaurant and parking

architect: KAAN Architecten, in collaboration with PRANLAS-DESCOURS Architect & Associates (Paris, France)

project team KAAN Architecten: Christophe Banderier, Sebastian van Damme, Paolo Faleschini, Raluca Firicel, Michael Geensen, Renata Gilio, Kees Kaan, Maud Minault, Hannes Ochmann, Vincent Panhuysen, Ismael Planelles, Ana Rivero, Dikkie Scipio

project team PDAA: Jean-Pierre Pranlas-Descours, Gustav Ducloz, Maryléne Gallon, Brieuc Le Coz, Anne Roullet

landscape: TN+ Paysagistes (Paris, France)

design: 2007 (competition)

delivery: 2017

GFA: 17.300 sqm

client assistant: Pascal Boulanger Réalisations (Lille, France)

SPS: Elyfec (Villeneuve D’Asqu, France)

bureau de contrôle: Dekra Construction (Lesquin, France)

BET structures: EVP Ingénierie (Paris, France)

BET economy: Martin Guiheneuf Ingénierie (Paris, France)

BET VRD: URBATEC (Bussy Saint Georges, France)

OPC: SARL Francis Klein (Salbris, France)

 

For more information, please contact KAAN press (Maria Azzurra Rossi): press@kaanarchitecten.com.

11/05 2015

The Learn’d – a short film about the poetry of light and space

The short film, directed by Victor Vroegindeweij (The Office for Nonfiction Storytelling, Hazazah Pictures), is a two and a half minutes narrative capturing the Education Center of Erasmus MC, an intervention designed by KAAN Architecten, that transformed an abandoned external atrium into an enlightened inner square.

The Education Center is part of the Rotterdam academic hospital Erasmus MC, originally designed in 1965 by Arie Hagoort (OD205) in collaboration with Jean Prouvé, and recently extended by EGM architecten. Since its completion in 2013, the new building has merged all medical student programmes under one column-free roof.

The narrative bonds the poetry of light and space of the Education Center with Walt Whitman’s written lyric one. A deep voice reciting “When I heard the learn’d astronomer” from Leaves of Grass meets the sharp harmony of forms, diverse material’s temperatures, and ethereal light of the roof geometry in a crescendo of tension. The discreet presence of two young figures, running and hiding themselves, is changing the focus of the stills and gives shape to an unconventional reading of the building’s structure and its elements.

“The Education Center is part of an imposing medical city, a post-war concrete jungle shaped by pragmatism and cost-cut” says Vroegindeweij. “I was surprised to come across this oasis of humanism and softness, at the very heart of it”.

The short film has been realized in recognition of the shortlist nomination for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. It is part of the exhibition that opened its doors on May 8th, 2015 at the MUHBA Oliva Artés centre in Barcelona.

FILM CREDITS

film title: The Learn’d

project name: Education Center Erasmus MC

location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

director: Victor Vroegindeweij

photography: Mick van Dantzig

music: Diederik Ipenburg @ Most

production: The Office for Nonfiction Storytelling www.nonfictionstorytelling.com

 

For more information, please contact KAAN press (Maria Azzurra Rossi): press@kaanarchitecten.com.

To download the short film stills and project images, please follow this link.

 

Synopsis: The Learn’d

In an empty building, a temple of knowledge, movement is detected. Two people in their youth, desperate for meaning, are looking for human contact in a world of facts and figures. The beautiful words of “When I heard the learn’d astronomer”, Walt Whitman’s poem, accompany the stunning imaginary and convey the need to explore reality rather than science, to be human first, and a learn’d after. The same values are embodied by the architecture of the Education Center.

01/05 2015

“Na de afbraak, de opbouw” interview with Dikkie Scipio – ZAAL Z number 12

On December 1st 2014 has started phase 2 of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts renovation. Three years of demolition are followed by three and a half years of building process.

The museum official magazine Zaal Z has interviewed KAAN Architecten partner, Dikkie Scipio together with Jan Severyns and Nathalie Vandebrouck, team and project leaders of the Government of Flanders Facility Management department.

Dikkie Scipio says: “We want to preserve the 19th century museum, so to experience it as it was. The new museum is organized in a very different way and it should lead to a different perception of space”.

You can find the full article from page 18 of the PDF.

 

05/03 2015

Archaeological remains of 16th century citadel under the Royal Museum of Fine Arts

During foundation works for the renovation and extension of the KMSKA, the archaeologists of the Flemish Government got the opportunity to dig trenches to research remnants of foundations of part of a citadel.

The citadel was a pentagonal fortification build in the 16th century as a Spanish means of repression against the rebellion of the Habsburgs Netherlands, in particular the city of Antwerp.

1830 marked another Belgian – Dutch historical event when the site was the last rampart of the Dutch before they were forced to leave by French armies, finalizing the inevitable Dutch – Belgian split.

The citadel was leveled to make the 19th century extension of Antwerp: Het Zuid. One of the central buildings of this extension was the KMSKA.

More information can be found in the museum blog.

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23/02 2015

Third construction phase of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

The highest point of the building has been reached, the new volume of the Supreme Court stands out from The Hague city fabric. 

The reportage of photographer Dominique Panhuysen is following the building process since its start in 2013. The third construction phase shooting focuses on the different glass façades: a full transparent ground floor for the most public part of the new building, flush openings for the courtrooms floor and aluminium slabs structure for the integrated cooling system of the upper floors façade.

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10/02 2015

Education Center Erasmus MC is shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe Award 2015

KAAN Architecten’s project is shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

40 projects have been shortlisted within the 420 nominees announced last December comprising projects completed in Europe in the last two years.

The jury composed by Cino Zucchi (Chair of the Jury), Margarita Jover, Lene Tranberg, Peter L. Wilson, Xiangning Li, Tony Chapman and Hansjörg Mölk will, by the end of February, decide the 5 project finalists and declare the winner during the exhibition opening and official ceremony in London next May 7-8th, 2015.

To read the full press release, follow the link to Mies van der Rohe Foundation website.

19/01 2015

ISMO presented during the opening of Paris-Saclay exhibition

The Institut des Sciences Moleculaire d’Orsay project has been officially presented last November 29th, 2014 during the opening weekend of the Paris-Saclay’s exhibition “Paris-Saclay. Le Futur en Chantier(s)”.

The three-days opening symposium invited all the Paris-Saclay’s new development designers to introduce the several projects for the academic area result of a competition held in 2011.

Marco Lanna (KAAN Architecten) gave a short Pecha Kucha presentation on how ISMO will become a transparent factory for science, research and communication activities. The building on the South-East side of the Paris-Saclay area will pay great attention to the surrounding landscape and natural environment presenting itself as a glass show-box in direct dialogue with the campus.

To learn more about the project, please follow this link to KAAN work, down here Marco Lanna’s Pecha Kucha speach.

04/12 2014

Education Center Erasmus MC nominated for European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015

KAAN Architecten project for the new Education Center of the Medical Center – Erasmus University in Rotterdam has been nominated for the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

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.

The winner and special mention projects will be released in the next months, the news will follow on the prize website.