KAAN Architecten is a Rotterdam and São Paulo based architectural firm operating in a global context and merging practical and academic expertise within the fields of architecture, urbanism and research on the built environment.

The studio, led by Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio, consists of an international team of architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and graphic designers.

KAAN Architecten believes in cross-pollination between projects and disciplines as an essential tool to foster a critical debate within the studio. Since the launch of the firm, KAAN Architecten has handled and supervised a wide range of projects, actively working with the private and the public sector, with project teams that become increasingly multidisciplinary and dynamic. KAAN Architecten maintains a culture of constant evolution, which is essential in a profession that changes at a rapid pace. KAAN Architecten seeks to uphold long-term relationships with its clients, consultants and partners.

KAAN Architecten’s projects transcend the traditional notion of scale and typology, ranging from furniture and interiors to urban development and from retail and offices to museums and buildings for health and education.

Awards /
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Exhibitions

2017

DEDALO MINOSSE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

The Education Center Erasmus MC has been awarded an honourable mention by the Dedalo Minosse International Prize. 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.

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.

SUPREME COURT NOMINATED FOR 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.

2016

A LECTURE AND EXHIBITION IN GUADALAJARA

On 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.

WHERE MODERN JUSTICE LIVES

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

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.

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.

NETHERLANDS EMBASSY 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.

NIEUW LEVEN VOOR HUIS VAN BRABANT

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

DE HOGE RAAD DER NEDERLANDEN

Since early 2014, Dominique Panhuysen followed the construction of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague, producing 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.

2015

A MEDAL OF MERIT TO VINCENT PANHUYSEN

On November 3rd, 2015 Vincent Panhuysen received a medal of merit from the Commissioner of the King, Wim van de Donk, for the special and careful guidance in the renovation of the Provinciehuis of North-Brabant.

TOURING EXHIBITION MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD 2015

Education Center Erasmus MC is part of the touring exhibition featuring the 40 shortlisted project of Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. Starting point, Barcelona – MUHBA Oliva Artés centre, it will then travel to Milan, Brussels, Warsaw, Vienna, Shanghai, Hong Kong and more.

2014

MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD 2015 SHORTLIST

Education Center Erasmus MC within the 40 shortlisted projects (out of 420) of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

PARIS-SACLAY. LE FUTUR EN CHANTIER(S)

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

EUROPEAN PRIZE OF ARCHITECTURE “PHILIPPE ROTTHIER”

Philippe Rotthier Prize 2014 exhibition is featuring District Water Board Brabantse Delta at the Foundation pour l’Architecture in Brussels (October 18th – November 23rd, 2014).

THE CITY AS A VISION

The project for the City Hall Park of São Bernardo do Campo municipality in São Paolo (Brazil) is part of the exhibition “The City as a Vision” at the FRAC Centre – Les Turbulences in Orléans, France (September 19th,2014 – February 22nd, 2015).

PLANTA

Collateral Event during the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (June 6th – October 31st, 2014) at the Conservatorio di Musica “Benedetto Marcello”

SAINT-GOBAIN GYPSUM INTERNATIONAL TROPHY

Education Center Erasmus MC has won the 9th Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy (plasterboard category) as runner-up.

2013

BENELUX ALUMINIUM AWARD

The Dreamhouse the yearly aluminium award for Sustainable Renovation projects.

ROTTERDAM ARCHITECTURE PRIZE

The Education Center Erasmus MC won the yearly prize dedicated to transformation projects, while the Dreamhouse was nominated.

LEIDEN ARCHITECTURE AWARD

The Student Dwellings won the audience award thanks to the public preference.

GYPROC TROPHY

The Education Center Erasmus MC won the bi-annual trophy for innovative roofing and façade’s solutions.

2012

3rd HONG KONG & SHENZHEN BI-CITY BIENNALE OF URBANISM AND ARCHITECTURE

KAAN participated in the only biennial exhibition in the world based exclusively on the set themes of urbanism and urbanization, and co-organized by the two neighboring and closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

2011

ECSN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CONCRETE

The Crematorium Heimolen received the special mention for the building category.

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE AWARD

The Central Post won the award for the “most sustainable design” category.

CONCRETE AWARD

The AM Headquarters and its white concrete structure won the “non-residential building” category.

2009

Claus en Kaan Architecten: Ideal Standard, Buildings 1988-2009

Selection of the work of Claus en Kaan Architecten presented in a book showing an increasingly explicit and recognisable signature over the years.

CONCRETE AWARD

The Crematorium Heimolen won the concrete award for the “beton en samenleving” category.

2008

DE KEUZE (The Choice)

Inaugural speech of Kees Kaan as Professor of Architectural Design at the Delft University of Technology in 2008.

INTERNATIONAL FUNERAL AWARD

The Crematorium Heimolen first prize for the really specific funeral award.

2005

LENSVELT DE ARCHITECT INTERIOR PRIZE

The Netherlands Forensic Institute won this interiors’ award promoted by the magazine “de Architect”.

Claus en Kaan Architecten. The Royal Netherlands Embassy in 
Mozambique

The NAi Publishers said of the building: “It is an exceptional building, designed to a Dutch vision yet constructed using African materials”.

2004

Claus en Kaan. L’architettura dell’attenzione

Claus en Kaan: L’architettura dell’attenzione = Claus en Kaan: The Architecture of Attentiveness

2002

Beauftragt: Claus en Kaan Architecten

A short introduction to Claus en Kaan work.

2001

Claus en Kaan – Building

Building – for all its simplicity the title of this book speaks volumes about the work of Claus and Kaan.

1997

Claus en Kaan. New generations in the Dutch tradition

New generations in the Dutch tradition. 14 projects in chronological order depicted by photos, plans, models, sections, elevations (many technical drawings) – all in B&W.

Founders

Kees Kaan

Kees Kaan founded KAAN Architecten in 2014 together with partners Kees Kaan and Dikkie Scipio. Kaan graduated in architecture at Delft University of Technology in 1987.

Kaan is currently Chair of the department of Complex Projects at the faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on large complex projects that characterize rapid global urbanization.

Kaan is an international lecturer and sits on various juries and boards, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Numerous books and exhibitions have been dedicated to his body of work.

Vincent Panhuysen

Vincent Panhuysen founded KAAN Architecten in 2014 together with partners Kees Kaan and Dikkie Scipio. Previously he joined the office of Claus en Kaan Architecten in 1997 and participated as a partner from 2002 on.

Panhuysen began his training at the Amsterdam Technical School for Wood and Furniture Crafts, continued his studies at the School of the Arts in Utrecht and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. This unique education allows Panhuysen to control the entire process of building from concept to detailing. Panhuysen projects range from furniture to urban planning.

Dikkie Scipio

Dikkie Scipio founded KAAN Architecten in 2014 together with partners Kees Kaan and Vincent Panhuysen. Previously from 1995, she was an associate of Claus en Kaan Architecten and a partner from 2002 on.

Scipio studied applied arts and interior design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague after which she was trained as an architect at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture.

Scipio’s training allows her to lead work, which ranges in scale from large-scale master plans to furniture and interior design, from initial concept to execution. Scipio’s unique experience has allowed her to oversee the office’s work with the transformation and restoration of existing monuments.

Team

Rita Alessio / Andreas Alevras / Shannon Anderson / Alessandro Arcangeli / Deniz Arikan / Allard Assies / Michael Baas / Beatrice Bagnara / Bas Barendse / Diana Boogaart / Sjoerd Boomars / Koen Bosman / Dennis Bruijn / Sebastiaan Buitenhuis / Karlien Busser / Robin Cals / Maicol Cardelli / Timo Cardol / Alice Colombo / Jana Culek / Sebastian van Damme / Marten Dashorst / Marco (Peixe) D'Elia / Luuk Dietz / Paolo Faleschini / Di Fang / Raluca Firicel / Michael Geensen / Renata Gilio / Lisa Goes / Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán / Narine Gyulkhasyan / Joost Harteveld / Thomas Hayat / Rens van Hedel / Maruli Heijman / Walter Hoogerwerf / Narcisa Ionita / Sophie Ize / Marlon Jonkers / Hyun Vin Kaspers / Jan Teunis ten Kate / Lianne Klitsie / Jasmijn Kok / Moritz Kühl / Wouter Langeveld / Marco Lanna / Antony Laurijsen / Imke van Leuken / Yinghao Lin / Sandra Loeve / Nicki van Loon / Xingjun Low / Martina Margini / Mariana Mariano / Ricardo Marmorato / Loes Martens / Johandry Martina / Marija Mateljan / Giuseppe Mazzaglia / Julian O'Neale / Hannes Ochmann / Laura Ospina / Giulia Rapizza / Giacomo Rizzi / Cécile Sanchez / Katarzyna Seweryn / Christian Sluijmer / Hrvoje Šmidihen / Joeri Spijkers / Aldo Trim / Pauline Trochu / Yiannis Tsoskounoglou / Clémence Vallée / Claudia Vermeulen / Niels Vernooij / Mieke Vink / Rianne Weerdmeester / Lais Xavier / Jelmer van Zalingen / Yang Zhang / Ziwei Zhu