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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
On March 1st, 2017 will be held in Nantes (France) the first stone laying ceremony of the new Bottière Chênaie district in the north-east part of the city.
Following an international competition held in 2013, KAAN Architecten designed a large urban development mixing together residential, commercial and office buildings.
The project will be presented on Wednesday March 1st, 2017 starting from 16.00 during a press conference at the restaurant “2 Potes au Feu” at 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.
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.
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)
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