Hinata Ramen / Westerstraat 40, Amsterdam / website
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Yay, another restaurant with vegan dishes on the menu! Located on Spui, next to Kalverstraat it makes the perfect dinner place after a day shopping. Jackson Dubois /Spui 10, Amsterdam / website
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Dutch studio KAAN Architecten has been selected to design a new terminal for Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, beating competitors including MVRDV, SOM, OMA and UNStudio. KAAN Architecten’s winning 100,500-square-metre Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminal will cater to 14 million passengers a year, alongside the 50 million already served in the existing airport. It will be built on the Jan
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Western cities have done a better job of integrating technology into their infrastructure than the new wave of Asian smart cities, according to architect and television presenter Jason Pomeroy. Singapore-based Pomeroy, the architect behind Asia’s first zero-carbon house, claims that Barcelona and Amsterdam are far more successful examples of a smart city than places like Songdo, the new hi-tech satellite city in South Korea.
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Dutch studios NL Architects and XVW Architectuur have won this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award for their innovative renovation of a dilapidated 1960s apartment block on the edge of Amsterdam. NL Architects and XVW Architectuur’s restoration project, named deFlat, rescued one of the Netherlands’ largest housing blocks from demolition – a fate facing much of Europe’s post-war
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Dutch studios NL Architects and XVW Architectuur have renovated one of the largest apartment buildings in the Netherlands, restoring the repetitive gridded facades of the 1960s block but leaving the flats bare for residents to customise. The Bijlmermeer building was designed in the sixties by Dutch architect Siegfried Nassuth for a site to the south east of Amsterdam
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Food stylist, writer and photographer Marie Verdenius with a must-follow Instagram, has a particularly unique simplified style with food. With the thousands of recipes and food images we see on Pinterest I find it very refreshing to see food portrayed in such a stripped down, soothing approach. I had the pleasure of talking with Marie about her relationship with food and how a great meal can come from just a single ingredient as we draw near to wrapping up A Month of Minimalism.
How would you describe your personal relationship with Minimalism?
I think there is a lot of beauty in the simplest things that surround us every day. I am certainly drawn to minimalism, but I believe it is important that it still feels comfortable and warm. Minimalism can often be interpretated as cold or unpersonal. For me it means focusing on the basics, but with an eye for detail and design.
In regards to food, do you apply minimalist values to the way you shop and prepare food?
When it comes to food, I pay a lot of attention where the ingredients are produced or where it’s been made. Like bread for instance. I rarely bake it myself, so I love visiting artisanal bakery shops where you get a glimpse of how they work. Two of my favorite shops in Amsterdam have adjacent bakeries and it is such a joy to see how much love the bakers put in it to create their pastry, baguettes or sourdough loaves. I like to capture this love in my photography and styling just by using only the product and only a few props.
How much does sustainability and even managing waste play a part in your relationship with food?
I think sustainability and no waste are very important when it comes to food. I tend to buy most of it at organic shops and local producers. Luckily I live in an area where I have good access to these kind of products. I also try to only buy what’s necessary, but to be frank, sometimes I simply can’t prevent it to end up in the bin…
Some people prefer rarely to eat and opt for cooking all their own meals in order to have complete control over how their meals are prepared, while others rarely keep food in their kitchens and love having a meal prepared for them by someone else. Do you enjoy eating at a restaurant or making your own meals?
I love both! Cooking after work can be a real challange at some times, because I don’t want it to be too complicated. But I do believe it is important to eat food that is good for the body and soul. It does not always have to be healthy, as long as you enjoy eating it! I especially like cooking for friends and family, it makes me forget about things and just focus on preparing a nice meal.
Eating outdoors is also something I really enjoy. In my hometown Amsterdam there are so many places to have good food, it is unbelievable! I have a few classics I always visit, but maybe even more new ones I need to make reservations for.
What sort of tips or advice would you give to people to want to eat more simply but not necessarily boring? How can people learn to find and appreciate the beauty in simple foods.
I would say not to complicate things too much. Everybody has specific ingredients that they really love and if you like to cook you are probably already able to make something really delicious with it.
Take out one of those ingredients, like for instance sweet potato, and search for new simple recipes. Maybe you normally roast them in the oven with some rosemary, but what if you use them in a lentl soup, serve them as a puree side dish or combine them with chicken and thyme in a tray bake? There are so many ways to cook wonderful things with only five or six ingredients, so I’d say search for it on the internet, in cookbooks, or just ask your local supplier to give you some tips.
Are there other aspects of your life that you would relate to your food styling or with minimalism in general? Do you have a minimal wardrobe or have any personal values where less is more for you?
When it come to minimalism I’d say my interior is quite basic. I love natural tones and materials combined with hints of black and lot of white. I don’t need a lot of stuff anyway, I simply want to invest in beautiful design, which does not mean it has to be expensive. Just look around in second-hand shops, they are the best when it comes to finding unique items!
The last couple of years I’ve moved house three times and every time I brought things I did not need anymore to second hand shops or give them away to friends. I also love the concept of a sharing economy, we simply don’t need it all.
My wardrobe reflects the love for simple designs, natural colours and pure, soft materials. I rarely buy at big warehouses anymore, but search for more ‘green’ and fair options. Thankfully in The Netherlands there are quite a few sustainable brands.
James Jeffries of 31/44 Architects has designed a spacious and light-filled Amsterdam townhouse for his family, faced in grey brickwork and illuminated inside by a large skylight. Architect Jeffries, who co-founded of the London- and Amsterdam- based practice with William Burges and Stephen Davies, designed the three-storey townhouse to slot into a narrow plot. The aim was to reference the
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Arched openings punctuate the brick facade of this apartment building in Amsterdam, which is co-owned by its occupants and tailored to accommodate their varying lifestyles. The Amstelloft apartments are located overlooking the river Amstel, a site granted to WE Architecten by the local municipality after seeing its proposals for a cooperative development that is entirely owned by its occupants.
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MVSA Architects has completed the European headquarters for American brands Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger on the banks of Amsterdam’s IJ river, basing the design on the superyachts that dock alongside it. The new European headquarters for PVH Europe, which owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, features 12 storeys of offices and showrooms for its American fashion brands. Wanting
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Bjarke Ingels Group and Barcode Architects have revealed their competition-winning design for an Amsterdam tower, which will terrace down to touch the surface of the IJ lake. The 46,000-square-metre mixed-use building named Sluishuis is designed as a gateway to Amsterdam’s IJburg, a neighbourhood set on artificial islands that float on IJ. Created by Bjarke Ingel’s Copenhagen-based firm BIG
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Inside this wooden, prefabricated house in Amsterdam by Marc Koehler Architects, an angular black staircase crisscrosses between split levels. Lofthouse I is located at the end of a terrace in Houthaven quay –Amsterdam’s port. Large expanses of glazing set into the prefabricated wooden structure offer residents views of the water. Untreated pine clads the exterior of the residence, except for the
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Panels of cross-laminated pine form an angular staircase at the heart of this Amsterdam townhouse by MAATworks, which features a bright red facade. Local studio MAATworks designed the five-storey house to slot into a thin plot in the IJburg district of the Dutch city. The architects were asked by their clients to reference the wooden residences typically found in Scandinavia. They
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Dutch studio BETA has transformed an old school in Amsterdam into a hub for entrepreneurs featuring full-height windows that can be retracted to open the entire facade. The Ru Paré School is located in the city’s Slotervaart neighbourhood. As part of a process aimed at revitalising the area’s urban design and community feel, local enterprise foundation Stichting
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A pair of 30-metre spiralling ramps provide access to this multi-functional car park in Amsterdam by Dutch studio Benthem Crouwel Architects. Located at an intersection between Amsterdam’s business district and one of the city’s busiest motorways, the construction serves as the new main parking area for the RAI Convention Centre. Connecting this giant car park to
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Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten has transformed a pair of former barns in Amsterdam into residences that combine original features with nods to their industrial past (+ slideshow). The two neighbouring buildings are located in Amsterdam Noord – an upcoming neighbourhood to the north of the IJ river. Amsterdam-based Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten was asked to create More
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Dutch studio DUS Architects has 3D printed an eight-square-metre cabin and accompanying bathtub in Amsterdam, and is now inviting guests to stay overnight (+ slideshow). DUS Architects used sustainable bio-plastic to create the 3D Print Urban Cabin, which is intended to demonstrate how additive manufacturing can offer solutions for temporary housing or disaster relief. When the cabin is no longer needed, it More
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WEARING: ZARA BLAZER AND DRESS, DUFFYBAG SUEDE TOTEBAG, RAY-BAN AVIATORS AND BALENCIAGA BOOTS Just a quick hello from the other side! Hope everyone is doing OK! Thank you for all the sweet and nice comments on my previous article, with the 14 outfits. Hopefully that made up a little for my unregular posting. Still love to shoot something every now and then, like the photos above that we took just before lunch at the College Hotel in Amsterdam. Too bad you can’t really see my super super awesome new Balenciaga boots! My latest shoe score! But you can find a better look at this outfit on my Instagram account (find it here). Anyway, wishing you all a happy Friday!
Elegant textured white midi knit dress, white blazer, sneakers, and the barest accessories for this new summer. Modern and sleek yet effortless all at once. Anecdote Dress – LXE Blazer – Baskets Axel Arigato Sneakers – Klarf Watch – Jewel Rue … Continue reading →
This movie shows the installation of MVRDV’s Crystal Houses – a Chanel store featuring a traditional facade replicated with glass bricks that are “stronger than concrete”. First published on Dezeen last month, Crystal Houses is located on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam, a former residential street that has become a hub for luxury fashion brands like Prada, Dior and Rolex. More
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WEARING: MUUBAA LEATHER TROUSERS, HM TREND BLOUSE AND COAT, CONVERSE SNEAKERS AND DUFFYBAG TOTE BAG
Not sure where the sun have been hiding this week, but it is raining non-stop over here. Rain, rain, go away!
Geometric screens based on flag designs flank the windows of this former marine base in Amsterdam, which Bureau SLA has converted into offices to mark the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union (+ slideshow). The boxy three-storey structure, known as Building 27E, was once an education facility for marines at the old naval base. Bureau SLA was commissioned More
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MVRDV has used a pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in Amsterdam with a transparent replica, more suited to the building’s new use as a Chanel boutique. Described by the Rotterdam studio as the first of its kind, the innovative facade of Crystal Houses Amsterdam uses glass bricks, windows frames More
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WEARING: GESTUZ LEATHER TRACK PANTS, HM TREND TOP, ZARA BLAZER, CHLOE FAYE BAG AND ADIDAS STAN SMITH SNEAKERS Feeling a bit like a tomboy in these photos… It’s definitely a different outfit that you are used to here on COTTDS.com. But, I do love wearing sneakers just as much as wearing high heels lately. Especially my white Stan Smith ones! Photos by Iris
Tessellating timber panels create graphic patterns on the exterior of this environmental education facility in Amsterdam by Bureau SLA, which also features a roof covered in solar panels (slideshow). The Nature & Environment Learning Centre (NME) is part of a programme aimed at educating children in the Netherlands about the environment and sustainability. Dutch studio Bureau SLA was asked More
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Future Makers: the technology that startup MX3D is developing to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam could be used to produce “endless” different structures, says Dutch designer Joris Laarman in this exclusive movie. MX3D is a new research and development company co-founded by Laarman and Tim Geurtjens, which plans to use robots to produce the More
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WEARING: H&M SKIRT, PRIMARK BLOUSE, ALEXANDER WANG BOOTS, DUFFYBAG X MINI TOTE BAG AND RAYBAN AVIATORS And with this shoot I’m wrapping up the collaboration I did with/for DUFFYBAG X MINI. A long but fun day of shooting in Amsterdam together with an old and new friend! We sure had some laughs and panic attacks, but in the end it was all worth it! PS: For all the non-colour lovers, it’s also comes in black. ;)
The roof of this bright red tennis clubhouse by Rotterdam firm MVRDV doubles up as an expansive seating area for game spectators (+ slideshow). Located in east Amsterdam on one the artificial islands that make up the city’s IJburg neighbourhood, the building provides a new facility for a tennis club established in 2008, which already […]
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Half of this floating house by +31 Architects is submerged below the waterline of Amsterdam’s river Amstel, while the other opens out to a buoyant terrace (+ slideshow). Designed by Amsterdam studio +31 Architects, Watervilla Weesperzijde is among the growing number of houseboats lining the banks of the Netherlands’ waterways. The floating villa is located on the river Amstel, just downstream […]
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Protruding bay windows and angular balconies feature in Rotterdam firm MVRDV’s proposal for a greenery-covered high-rise complex in Amsterdam’s financial district. Working with property developer OVG Real Estate, MVRDV was selected by the municipality of Amsterdam to design the Ravel Plaza Amsterdam, which will house apartments, offices and commercial spaces. The proposal features three conjoined buildings of varying heights, with flat […]
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