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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

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.

 

 

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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)

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

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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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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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.

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.

KAAN_Supreme Court of the Netherlands

 

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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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.

 

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

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)

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.

26/11 2014

Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay exhibited in Paris for “Paris-Saclay. Le Futur en Chantier(s)”

The project Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay will be part of the exhibition “Paris-Saclay. Le Futur en Chantier(s)” from November 28th to December 20th 2014 at the Maison de l’architecture en Ile-de-France in Paris.

The Paris-Saclay exhibition will present the progress of the project in all its scientific, economic and urban sides, and where the operational phase of urban campus is engaged.

Models, projections, panels and timeline will be organized next to round table discussions, conferences and a PechaKucha of about thirty architects, in which ISMO will be introduced by KAAN Architecten on the 29th of November from 14h30 until 20h.

An exhibition under the high patronage of Madame Geneviève Fioraso, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, in partnership with the University Paris-Saclay, the Maison de l’Architecture en Ile-de-France and the Order of Architects of Ile-de-France.

“Paris-Saclay. Le Futur en Chantier(s)”
Maison de l’architecture en Ile-de-France, Paris
Exhibition: November 28th to December 20th, 2014
Round tables and conferences: 28, 29 and 30th of November 2014

17/10 2014

District Water Board Brabantse Delta on show at the Foundation pour l’Architecture, Brussels

The project for the District Water Board on the Bouvigne Estate in Breda has been nominated, within 134 projects, for the triennial Philippe Rotthier Prize and will be on show in Brussels at the Foundation pour l’Architecture, from October 18th till November 23rd, 2014, before being presented in other cities. 

The tenth edition theme was focused on the relationship of architecture with natural and urban landscapes. The District Water Board project fulfilled the requirements thanks to both renovation and newly built architecture and to the importance given to the complex of the estate with its historical garden and the new walnut production garden.

Philippe Rotthier Prize 2014 exhibition
Foundation pour l’Architecture – CIVA (Brussels, Belgium)
October 18th, 2014 – November 23rd, 2014

18/09 2014

City Hall Park on show for “The City as a Vision” exhibition at Frac Centre

The project for the City Hall Park of São Bernardo do Campo municipality in São Paolo (Brazil), designed together with DOMAIN, will be part of the new exhibition “The City as a Vision” opening tomorrow, on September 19th, 2014 at the Frac Centre – Les Turbulences in Orléans (France).

The show pays tribute to historian and critic Michel Ragon who, in his books Où vivrons-nous demain? [Where will we live tomorrow?] (1963) and Prospective et Futurologie [Forecasting and Futurology] (1978), gave an introduction to the issues of experimental architecture – a field that lies at the heart of the Frac Centre’s collection.
The exhibition will be divided in two sections: an historical one, and a prospective one featuring the City Hall Park. Here a little cut of how the curators (Marie-Ange Brayer, Emmanuelle Chiappone-Pirou and Aurélien Vernant) presents the prospective section: “The projects presented all answer the necessity to rethink new uses for cities, to generate resources and connect the micro-scale of the individual with the macro-scale of the expanding urban territory”.

The City as a Vision: tribute to Michel Ragon
Frac Centre – Les Turbulences (Orléans, France)
September 19th, 2014 – February 22nd, 2015

24/06 2014

Kees Kaan at the Strelka Institute (Summer Programme 2014)

On Monday June 30th, 2014 Kees Kaan will take part in the first event of “Rethinking Europe – European experience in the city development” series, dedicated to Amsterdam development case at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.

Together with Kees Kaan, participants to the discussion are: Giovanna Carnevali (director Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona), Gus Tielens (Korth Tielens Architecten, Amsterdam), Jaap Gräber (PLAN, Amsterdam), Sabine Lebesque (Development Corporation of the City of Amsterdam).

The discussion is part of a two-day workshop involving the participant architects and city developers to explore a specific case in Moscow – the area situated in Moscow city center, directly opposite Zaryadie area, between Raushskaya and Sadovnicheskaya embankments.

The series “Rethinking Europe – European experience in the city development” is part of the summer program of the institute and realized in partnership with the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

 

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30/05 2014

PLANTA: Collateral Event – la Biennale di Venezia

During the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, PLANTA, organized by Fundació Sorigué and curated by the Dutch office DOMAIN, will show KAAN Architecten’s architectural project with an installation composed by three main interventions.

PLANTA, the exhibition is not an attempt to explain nor capture PLANTA, nor is it an artistic installation demanding attention or gaze…simply a loose choreography of discrete elements which will give insights into an environment, which can never truly be known. The building PLANTA by KAAN Architecten, which will find its home within the quarry “La Plana del Corb”, in Balaguer (Spain), exists in an environment of constant flux.
The exhibition PLANTA shall reside in a similarly complex environment: Conservatorio di Musica “Benedetto Marcello” di Venezia. The Quarry and the Conservatorio are environments layered in both physical and cultural texture, and like the Quarry, the Conservatorio demands full engagement of our secondary senses; most importantly each site is dedicated to the concept of performance. One is the performance of agricultural and material manufacturing, the other the performance of the education and instruction of music. As the building does not try to compete with the context of an active quarry, as it would surely lose, PLANTA the exhibition is a respectful visitor in a space with its own purpose and need. However, both PLANTA the building and the exhibition provide a datum amid the sublime chaos of performance.

PLANTA (Lleida-Spain) © Armin Linke 2012 (1)

PLANTA © Armin Linke 2012

The Conservatorio di Musica “Benedetto Marcello” di Venezia will house an installation with three main interventions: a 1:100 model of KAAN Architecten’s design of PLANTA made by Vincent de Rijk and DOMAIN inserted into a 15m long plinth representing an abstract section of the quarry, hand sculpted using sand and aggregates extracted from the very ground the building will soon occupy. Six art books and a film projection by Armin Linke’s Studio filmed in the quarry together with Giuseppe Ielasi and Renato Rinaldi; and a PLANTA sounds room by Renato Rinaldi.

PLANTA_exhibition model © DOMAIN

exhibition model © Vincent de Rijk, DOMAIN

PLANTA will be officially presented at the Conservatorio on June 6th, 2014 at 10.30am followed by the second edition of “Talking Architecture. Fundació Sorigué”, a panel debate on “Materiality, Volume and Space”. Guests in Venice are Chris Dercon (director of Tate Modern London), Mark Wigley (dean of GSAPP Columbia University), Iñaki Ábalos (chair of architecture at Harvard GSD), Ole Bouman (critic, co-curator of the 5th UABB), and Ricardo Devesa (ETSAB) as moderator.

PLANTA_building aerial view © KAAN Architecten

PLANTA is a building designed by KAAN Architecten.

“PLANTA” is a project exhibition organized by Fundació Sorigué and curated by DOMAIN.

Where: Conservatorio di Musica “Benedetto Marcello” di Venezia, San Marco 2810 (Campo Santo Stefano), Venice (Italy) Presentation and Press Conference: June 6th, 2014 – h 10.30am at the Conservatorio – Cloister and Salone Monumentale Press Preview: 5, 6 June 2014 (10.00 – 19.00) Public opening: 7 June – 31 October 2014; Monday – Sunday (10.00 – 18.00)

 

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

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12/05 2014

First construction phase of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

This morning in The Hague, a Supreme Court committee together with the project consortium representatives, officially announced the inception of the first construction phase of the new Supreme Court of the Netherlands building designed by KAAN Architecten.

A full on-site reportage by Dutch photographer Dominique Panhuysen followed the beginning of the excavation process, and it will keep following in the next months all the different construction phases of the new building.

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28/01 2014

Kees Kaan at the Fundació Sorigué for the Architecture Weekend

On November 23rd and 24th, 2013 the Fundació Sorigué and its director Ana Valles hosted the Architecture Weekend inside the Kiefer Pavilion, located in the industrial complex at the Sorigué Group quarry near Balaguer, Lleida (es).

Kees Kaan took part in a conference together with other architects and architectural thinkers such as South African Lindsay Bremner, Algerian Zinedine Seffadj, Chinese Li Xiangning and Swiss John Palmesino to reflect on the new challenges facing global architecture.

These reflections will be published periodically till the start of the next Architecture Biennale in Venice La Biennale di Venezia, where the foundation will present its new project designed by KAAN Architecten.

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29/05 2013

Dreamhouse retail corner store opening

Rotterdam’s Lijnbaan area has been enriched: bejewelled not with an artificial gem but with a distinguished eye-catcher.

The structure, next to Schouwburgplein, on the corner of Kruiskade-Karel Doormanstraat, grabs our attention by way of its unpretentious yet convincing architectural countenance.
‘Dream: your favorite steakhouse’, with half of a faux-prairie hut on its facade, has been reconditioned for jewellers Schaap en Citroen and fashion retailer COS, under the banner of Dreamhouse.
Built in the early 1950s as Martin’s, a highly modern tea room offering the new trend of “selfservice”, the corner shop has been robbed of its character by various renovations over the last half century. Now the building, built by the then well-known architectural practice Van den Broek en Bakema during the optimistic early post-war years, has been given a new life through the new modernism of Claus en Kaan Architecten.

New modernism is still – unalterably – functional, but it is now discreetly distinguished and appropriately chic; no crazy shapes or bright colours, nor any pompous urbanity.
Rectangular volumes have been stacked in balanced proportions over three floors on top of existing columns, and display a subtle differentiation of materials, window openings, colours and other details. The stacking presents unity in diversity.
The first storey projects markedly, and as such clearly echoes the ‘millstone ruff’ of offices in the surrounding residential flats of The Cityhouse by renowned architects Maaskant en Van Tijen. The facade of the overhang is accented by a framework of windows.
Perpendicular to the largely glass sheet windows are fixed vertical slats – deep, thin and cleanly lined within a framework.

The slats and their encasement prove the existence of a geometric Baroque for they manipulate the view and play of light just as traditional Baroque does, but now without the twists and curves; it is simply straight-edged. Apart from their rhythmic synchronisation with the protruding balconies on the facade of the opposite flats, they have a surprising optical effect. Seen from the side, the overhang appears quite closed. Seen straight on, the building emerges as a show-box and affords an unobstructed view inside.
By extruding (pressing through a mould) and anodising the aluminium, the slats acquired their knife-sharp edges and pearl grey colour. They allow a soft reflection of light and colours from inside out and from the sun, clouds and trees outside in. For those willing to see it, it is a timeless delight.

For more images check our KAAN work section: Dreamhouse.

30/03 2013

The depot of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts has been officially opened

Last Monday the depot was officially opened by the Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture in Belgium, Joke Schauvliege together with Dikkie Scipio, partner and project leader.

Phase one consisted of removing a post Second World War nuclear bunker from the heart of the museum, restoring the museum to its original late 19th century design by Jacob Winders and Frans van Dijck, and accommodating a state of the art storage space.
Once the bunker had been removed, the newly freed space left way to the original spacious arches that now house the KMSKA’s extensive collection that includes major works by Belgium Artists from the 14th to the 20th century, from Van Eyck to Rubens to Magritte. The completion of this space marks the beginning of the second phase; an extensive renovation and extension also to be carried out by Claus en Kaan Architecten. The renovation will go forward without removing the precious art works thanks to this first phase.

The newly refurbished museum and its extension will open to the public in 2017. The 40% extra surface area will be obtained by constructing a modern ‘vertical museum’ within the museums existing large interior patios without altering the neoclassical landmark from the exterior.
According to architect Dikkie Scipio, the envisaged ‘vertical museum’ will be ‘suitable for both modest and monumental presentations. It will provide an equally bold setting as the 19th Century building, but without the architecture imposing itself on the art’.

It will be possible for the public to visit the depot on Saturday April 6th 2013, before the second stage of renovations gets underway.

For more images check our KAAN work section: Royal Museum of Fine Arts.