Student Dwellings wins the Leiden Architecture Audience Award 2013
KAAN Architecten wins the yearly prize thanks to the public preference.
KAAN Architecten wins the yearly prize thanks to the public preference.
The first images from the construction site of Crematorium Aalst reveal a building with an emphasis on natural light, variation of concrete textures and easy-readable spaces. Thanks to its close relationship with the landscape, the crematorium embodies the tranquillity and peace required for a space of memory and sacredness.
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.
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.
“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!
Every building phase, a new issue of the book series by photographer Dominique Panhuysen dedicated to the New Amsterdam Courthouse construction site and building process. This second issue shows the start of the foundation works.
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.
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
Start construction: 2020
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
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.
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".
We are pleased to release the official video of the new Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminal design by the international consortium KL AIR consisting of KAAN Architecten, Estudio Lamela, ABT and Ineco, with the support of Arnout Meijer Studio, DGMR and Planeground.
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