An ancient monastery wall slices through this Utrecht house extension

Utrecht-based architecture studio Richèl Lubbers Architecten has added an angular extension to a residence that sits on the site of an old monastery. Located in a leafy neighborhood of the city, the owners wanted to create an extension to their home that could be used as guest quarters with the possibility of turning it into a

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Villa X is a Dutch house with windows that protrude inwards and outwards

Dutch studio Barcode Architects has completed a house in the country’s Brabant region featuring some windows that angle inwards, and another that appears to have been extruded from the concrete walls. Called Villa X, the house features concrete side walls, while its front and rear elevations are glazed. The aim was to enhance its connection with the garden setting, while providing the

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KAAN Architecten unveils new glazed terminal for Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

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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Peter Pichler unveils figure-of-eight-shaped housing complex with rooftop running track

A rooftop running track will connect the two towers of this housing complex, designed by Milan-based Peter Pichler Architecture for a Dutch town. Peter Pichler’s firm won an international competition with its design for the Looping Towers. The figure-of-eight-shaped scheme will be built in Maarssen, Utrecht, on a plot facing the Vecht river. Measuring 35,000 square metres in total, the

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World’s largest bicycle parking garage opens in Utrecht

Ector Hoogstad Architecten has completed the first stage of the world’s largest bicycle parking facility, in Utrecht’s Central Station area in the Netherlands. Located below the city’s new Station Square – also designed by Ector Hoogstad Architecten – the garage currently offers 6000 parking spaces over three levels. Another 1,500 parking places will be added over the next few

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Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami create three-pronged visitor centre for Dutch park

Three intersecting glass corridors sweep outwards from a sunken, triangular-shaped visitors centre designed by Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami + Associates for Park Vijversburg in the Netherlands. Recently refurbished, Park Vijversburg has been open to the public since 1892. Throughout the year, the park hosts events such as art exhibitions, musical performances, church services and excursions. To accommodate the

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Ruud Visser Architects completes house in Holland that looks like a giant A

The house by Ruud Visser Architects features a brick facade that looks like a huge letter A, while its rear is a three-storey wall of windows. The house is located in the village of Meerkerk, South Holland, on a historic street called the Tolstraat, which is lined with buildings from the early 1900s. In response, Ruud Visser Architects designed

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Stefano Boeri unveils latest “vertical forest” tower for Utrecht

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for his first “vertical forest” in the Netherlands, a stepped tower covered in 10,000 plants and trees in the city of Utrecht.  Boeri’s studio Stefano Boeri Architetti won a competition to design Hawthorn Tower for a new district in the city’s Jaarbeursboulevard area near Utrecht Central Station, which was recently completed by Bentham Crowel Architects. It will be accompanied by

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MVRDV unveils plans for Eindhoven housing with jagged grass-covered roofs

Rotterdam studio MVRDV has unveiled plans for a residential tower complex in Eindhoven, featuring spiky plant-covered roofs and greenhouses. MVRDV won a competition to design the housing in Eindhoven’s Bergen neighbourhood, which will redevelop an inner city around Deken van Someren Street. It follows yesterday’s news that the Dutch studio will build a new skyscraper in Rotterdam. The 29,000-square-metre Nieuw Bergen will reuse

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Mecanoo installs golden pavilion with scooped roofline on 17th-century Dutch estate

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has created a golden hued events pavilion with a broad scooped roof in the grounds of a historic chateau near Maastricht. Mecanoo’s addition provides conference and meeting room facilities for the estate, which includes a chateau and manor farm built in the 1660s, as well as the St Gerlachus Church and a farmstead, which date to the

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Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 goes to NL Architects and XVW Architectuur for revamp of 1960s slab block

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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Weathering steel clads “pop temple” in Leiden by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

A+Awards: this concert venue in the Dutch city of Leiden is clad with panels of weathering steel and was awarded a 2016 Architizer A+Award. Rotterdam firm Ector Hoogstad Architecten inserted the Gebr. De Nobel among buildings the city’s 19th-century ring. Described by the architects as a “pop temple”, the venue includes a main hall that

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Maas Architecten merges a thatched cottage with a glass greenhouse

A gabled greenhouse appears to slide out from beneath the thatched roof of this villa, completed by Maas Architecten in the Dutch countryside. The property was designed by Lochem-based Maas Architecten for a site on the edge of the town of Berlicum in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It was designed to combine regional forms

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Red cycle path by NEXT and Rudy Uytenhaak snakes over Utrecht school and canal

This vivid red bicycle track was designed by NEXT Architects and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau to wind over the roof of a school in the Dutch city of Utrecht, and continues to bridge over a canal. Amsterdam-based NEXT Architects and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau integrated the cycle and pedestrian bridge with a school and a public garden to provide a new route across the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. “In one

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MVRDV unveils pair of stone towers for The Hague topped with “crown of terraces”

MVRDV has revealed its design for a pair of mixed-use towers in The Hague, which will feature natural stone facades that stagger into wooden outdoor spaces on top. Located in The Hague’s central business district, the Grotius towers will each include over 500 apartments, along with shops and restaurants, and parking on the lower floors. The Dutch firm designed the buildings to activate

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Xavier Delory imagines Gerrit Rietveld’s Schröder House covered in primary-coloured paintwork

These fictional images created by Belgian photographer Xavier Delory imagine Gerrit Rietveld’s Schröder House covered in De Stijl-style blocks of yellow, red and blue paintwork. Brussels-based Delory created four exterior views of Rietveld’s iconic 20th-century house, covering its grey and white volumes with a primary-coloured pattern of lines and blocks in the style of artist Theo van Doesburg. The image series named Rietveld

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Shift exchanges brickwork for glazing to create bright apartments in Rotterdam townhouse

Big windows replace the rear wall of a 20th-century house in Rotterdam, which has been overhauled by Shift Architecture Urbanism to create two light-filled apartments. The Rotterdam-based studio was tasked with renovating the derelict four-storey residence by a neighbour, who bought the property after being troubled by its neglected condition. One of the flats occupies the lower two levels, while the other

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MVRDV wraps glass facade of Rotterdam house around a mature olive tree

Two tiers of glazing sweep around a stout olive tree in the back garden of this Rotterdam residence by MVRDV, contrasting with the almost windowless brick walls that face the street and neighbouring houses. Rotterdam-based MVRDV gave the 480-square-metre property its dual appearance to provide privacy for the occupants of Casa Kwantes, which occupies the corner plot on

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Rob Hootsmans adds serrated glass extension to stone-clad Dutch courthouse

Architect Rob Hootsmans has renovated a 1970s courthouse in the Dutch city of Zwolle and added a “transparent and approachable” extension featuring sawtoothed glass facades. Zwolle’s existing courthouse was designed by architect Jo Kruger in 1977 and features robust, sculpted facades clad in chalk stone. Hootsmans’ Amsterdam studio was asked to sensitively restore, upgrade and extend the

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Colossal Amsterdam housing block brought up to date with customisable apartments

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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Piet Hein Eek converts Friesian barn into rustic bed and breakfast

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek and architect Iggie Dekkers have transformed a century-old barn in the Friesian village of Woudsend into a guesthouse designed to showcase an aged timber roof. Hein Eek and Dekkers, who run the studio Eek en Dekkers, began the renovation of the Omke Jan barn in 2014 – 110 years after its initial completion in 1904. The client wanted

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Skinny Rotterdam house for two architects features black brickwork and concealed windows

Dutch architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman designed this skinny house in Rotterdam for themselves, incorporating hidden windows into the black brick walls and adding a large indoor hammock. The architect couple designed their three-storey SkinnyScar house to occupy a narrow gap of measuring just 3.4 metres wide and 20 metres deep between residences in an old Rotterdam neighbourhood.

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Jouke Post uses Cradle to Cradle principles to build family house in the Netherlands

Architect Jouke Post has used recyclable materials to create a sustainable house for his family near Rotterdam, which he claims is the first Cradle to Cradle house in the Netherlands. Post, of XX Architecten, collaborated with architect Frido van Nieuwamerongen and local studio Arconiko Architecten to design and build a sustainable family house that is also “modern, open and fresh”. The

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Undulating roof covers Benthem Crouwel’s rail and bus station in Utrecht

A wave-like roof covers this vast transport hub in Utrecht designed by Dutch firm Benthem Crouwel Architects for the largest railway station in the Netherlands. Made up of train, bus and tram platforms, the new Utrecht Central Station is three times the size of the city’s original transport hub. It is the third Dutch station completed by Benthem

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Monument by RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon will commemorate “Dutch struggle against water”

RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon have revealed plans for a monument commemorating the huge feat of engineering behind the Dutch Delta Works – a vast network of dams, sluices, locks and levees designed to prevent flooding in the Netherlands. Amsterdam-based RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon plan to convert a huge concrete test model used by engineers at the former Dutch

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Anxiety-reducing orthodontic clinic features serene interiors and garden views

Birch-framed skylights and windows offer patients garden views when undergoing treatment at this sculptural dental clinic in the Netherlands, designed by Studio Prototype. Ortho Wijchen is located in Wichen, a town in the east-Netherlands province of Gelderland, forming part of a cluster of healthcare-institutions in the new Huurlingse Dam urban plan. Amsterdam-based Studio Prototype wanted to create a light-filled and uncluttered orthodontic

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Grey brick Amsterdam townhouse by 31/44 Architects features large rooflight and sunken living room

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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Arches puncture brick facade of Amsterdam apartment block by WE Architecten

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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Blackened wood barn by Workshop Architecten houses both livestock and people

Workshop Architecten has created a blackened wood barn for a farm in the Netherlands, which is divided into separate living quarters for sheep and people. Named Barn Rijswijk, the building is surrounded by century-old fruit trees on the 4.5-hectare-estate of the Rottenburg farm in Rijswijk, a municipality in the west of the country. Amsterdam-based Workshop Architecten was asked to replace

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Powerhouse Company reveals plans for Europe’s skinniest residential skyscraper

Dutch firm Powerhouse Company has unveiled plans for a high-rise apartment block in Rotterdam, which could become “the slimmest residential tower of Europe”. The skyscraper named Baan Tower is set to reach 150 metres high with a compact footprint of just 20 square metres. Designed for a site near Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge, the 47-storey-tall tower will be faced in dark grey stone and

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Charred timber and glass villa by VVKH Architecten is embedded in a sand dune

The blackened-timber facades of this house set in a coastal nature reserve near The Hague are interrupted by carefully positioned openings that frame views of the surrounding forest. Villa Meijendel takes its name from the nature reserve in which it is located, where a forest meets a valley of dunes. The house, designed by local studio

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Koen van Velsen Architects uses green-grey brickwork for sports centre near Rotterdam

Koen van Velsen Architects used custom green-tinted brickwork, mirrored panels and glazed courtyards to help this sports centre on the outskirts of Rotterdam blend in with the greenery surrounding it. The Dutch firm designed the gymnasium named Sportscentre for a site where the urban environment gives way to a green belt surrounding the village of Rozenburg. The architects wanted to embed the building, which

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Ship-like headquarters for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger overlooks Amsterdam’s IJ river

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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BIG and Barcode Architects unveil terraced block for IJburg waterfront

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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Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur converts traditional Dutch farm into contemporary house and studio

Architect Jeanne Dekkers has renovated and extended a brick farmhouse in the Dutch village of Banholt, adding contemporary additions clad in horizontal spruce battens that enclose a cobbled courtyard. Delft-based Dekkers was tasked with transforming the traditional farm into a home with a studio, exhibition hall, holiday accommodation and a carport. The property is situated

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Prefabricated house in Amsterdam features wooden walls, zigzagging stairs and split levels

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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Rolf Bruggink uses salvaged materials to convert coach house into home

Dutch architect Rolf Bruggink used every scrap of material from the demolition of an old office to transform this 19th-century coach house in Utrecht into a home and workspace, which includes a bath overlooking the lounge. Bruggink bought the coach house in the city’s affluent Maliebaan district along with its surrounding land and outbuildings, which included a

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MAATworks references Scandinavian architecture with wooden townhouse in Amsterdam

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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Retractable garage-style doors open Amsterdam entrepreneur hub to the elements

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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Angular brick theatre by Reset Architecture sits in a woodland clearing

This theatre at a Dutch holiday camp features a pair of differently sized gables and patterned brick cladding that harmonises with the tones of its woodland site. The building forms part of the Zonnewende campground in South Holland, which provides accommodation and outdoor activities for children from nearby cities, including school camps and religious groups,

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Sliding walls create various layouts inside Garden House by Caspar Schols

Timber and glass walls slide along runners to reveal or enclose this gabled garden shed in Eindhoven, designed and built by Caspar Schols as a hobby space for his mother. Schols designed the pavilion with no formal architecture training after his mother asked for a pavilion that could be used for dinner parties with friends, theatre performances by her grandchildren, painting and meditating. The

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Enormous helix-shaped ramps lead into Amsterdam car park

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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The Bolwoningen By Dries Kreijkamp

The Bolwoningen which can be translated as either “ball” or “bulb” apartments were built in 1984 by artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp. He created an experimental settlement consisting of houses that resemble extraterrestrial buildings in the …

Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten converts former potato barns into loft-style homes

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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Studio MAKS builds cuboidal concrete house filled with space-saving solutions

Dutch office Studio MAKS has built a compact concrete house in an old industrial area of Deventer, the Netherlands, for a young couple on a tight budget (+ slideshow). Deventer House is situated on a plot of land surrounded by the old harbour warehouses of the inland city on the IJssel river. Here, young people have been given land to build their own More

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Ambulance station by Architectenforum features plant-covered walls and a curved roof

This ambulance station in the Dutch town of Zeist features a curved wooden framework and sloping walls covered with climbing plants to help it blend into its woodland setting (+ slideshow). Utrecht studio Architectenforum designed the ambulance station for a site on the edge of the town, which is adjacent to a hospital and flanked on its More

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Tiny houses would be built atop an ex-military bunker in Froscen Architects proposal

Four micro homes are mounted on the roof of a second-world-war bunker in this proposal by Froscen Architects for the Dutch city Leiden (+ slideshow). Designed by Froscen Architects’ partner Simon George, the conceptual project comprises four separate tiny houses, elevated above street level on the chunky concrete walls of a concrete telephone bunker. Each of the proposed houses has a More

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Fifteen tonnes of rubble used to build Rotterdam house by Architectuur Maken

The bricks forming the facade of this tall, skinny house in Rotterdam are made from 15 tonnes of compacted industrial waste (+ slideshow). When Dutch architects Nina Aalbers and Ferry in ‘t Veld of Architectuur Maken decided to design their own home between two existing properties in the city centre, they decided to match its brick facade to its More

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Frank Havermans creates futuristic pavilion in the Dutch countryside

A huge ribcage-like structure cradles the angular corrugated steel and plastic body of this pavilion designed by Dutch architect Frank Havermans to host a series of summer events (+ slideshow). Havermans designed and built the pavilion named KAPKAR/ SF – P7S as a temporary venue for the arts organisation Stichting Fabrikaat. Located in the Nijmegen, the Netherlands, the pavilion is hosting a More

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Koen van Velsen Architects creates patchwork brick walls for new bus and rail station in Holland

Koen van Velsen Architects has created a new transport hub in Dutch city Breda, featuring a huge entrance canopy and a variety of brickwork styles (+ slideshow). The vast Breda public transport terminal contains a bus and train station. It forms part of the wider urban development of the city, which is in the south of the Netherlands, More

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DUS Architects builds 3D-printed micro home in Amsterdam

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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Cluster of gabled blocks form forest holiday home by Studio Nauta

Dutch office Studio Nauta created an ensemble of new and old gabled blocks for this family holiday home, which is secluded within a dense forest on the southern coastline of the Netherlands (+ slideshow). Named House in the Woods, the property is divided up into four volumes to break up its scale. These are connected by both a courtyard and a partially More

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Pasel Kuenzel completes timber-clad V13K05 house for a Dutch photographer

A central lightwell and a secluded courtyard bring natural light into the heart of this house in Leiden, the Netherlands, which was designed by Pasel Kuenzel for a photographer and his family. The V13K05 house was developed by Rotterdam-based Pasel Kuenzel to meet the varying requirements of the family of six. It also accommodates a home office for the More

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Dune-shaped car park by Royal HaskoningDHV doubles as a flood defence

Curving windows peep above the ground to bring light into this underground car park in South Holland, which is covered in grassy hillocks to replicate a dune landscape (+ slideshow). A team of architects and engineers from Dutch firm Royal HaskoningDHV designed Underground Parking Garage for Katwijk, a coastal town in South Holland. They integrated the building into the existing More

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Wenink Holtkamp Architecten transforms old Dutch grain silo into street-food market

Eindhoven studio Wenink Holtkamp Architecten has converted a former grain silo in the Dutch city of Deventer into a community food hall overlooking the harbour (+ slideshow). The Zwarte Silo – which translates as Black Silo – was designed by local architect architect Maarten van Harte and constructed in 1923 on a site adjacent to Deventer’s harbour. More

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Balconies and full-storey windows added to villa in a former Dutch museum

Architects Paul de Ruiter and Chris Collaris have transformed a former private museum in Rotterdam into an energy-neutral townhouse, featuring outdoor spaces on each level of its remodelled rear facade ( + slideshow). The building is located on one of the oldest streets in the Dutch city’s Kralingen neighbourhood, which was previously a separate village More

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MVRDV completes giant scaffolding staircase in Rotterdam city centre

Dutch office MVRDV has revealed the first photographs of The Stairs, a huge scaffolding staircase leading up to the roof of an office block in Rotterdam city centre (+ slideshow). As the latest of several exciting new additions to the city, the temporary installation allows visitors to climb 180 steps up to the roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw – one of More

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Movie documents MVRDV’s pioneering technique for creating glass brick facades

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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Studioninedots carves out an atrium inside overhauled 1970s office building

Dutch firm Studioninedots has renovated a 1970s office building in the Dutch city of Hilversum, removing sections of the existing walls and floors to create a four-storey void crisscrossed by steel staircases (+ slideshow). The building is located on a former industrial site that was later home to the offices of telecommunications firm Alcatel-Lucent. Housing corporation De Alliantie More

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Thatched observatory installed on roof of 1930s Sonneveld House in Rotterdam

Mexican artist Santiago Borja has built a thatched observatory on the roof of one of Holland’s best-preserved Modernist houses (+ slideshow). Named A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory, Borja’s installation has been constructed on top of Sonneveld House in Rotterdam, a property designed in the 1930s by Dutch firm Brinkman & Van der Vlugt. The heptagonal structure transforms the simple roof terrace More

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“Smart technology is a solution looking for a problem,” says Rotterdam Biennale curator

Technologies like driverless cars and smart heating systems could end up making cities dysfunctional according to Maarten Hajer, curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2016 (+ interview). Speaking at an opening event for the biennale, Hajer called for architects and designers to stop treating the advent of smart technologies as inevitable, and to question whether they will solve any problems at More

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Bureau SLA updates former naval base in Amsterdam with flag-inspired window screens

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 replaces Chanel store’s traditional facade with glass bricks that are “stronger than concrete”

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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MVRDV to build giant scaffolding staircase in Rotterdam city centre

Dutch office MVRDV has revealed plans to build a huge staircase out of scaffolding in Rotterdam, the latest in a series of exciting new additions to the city. Marking 75 years since Rotterdam began its recovery from the second world war, the temporary installation will pay tribute to the architecture that has come about as a result. More

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Kaan Architecten completes new Supreme Court of the Netherlands

Six bronze statues mark the entrance to Kaan Architecten’s new Supreme Court of the Netherlands, which features a facade of green glass louvres and an interior dominated by marble (+ slideshow). Set to open in The Hague later this month, the building houses one of the most important courts in the country, established in 1838 to More

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Global Architects builds house-shaped volume inside 1980s Dutch residence

Global Architects has transformed the interior of a 1980s Dutch residence, by inserting a house-shaped volume that provides cosy bedrooms and secluded bathrooms (+ slideshow). The Dutch office was asked to renovate and extend the old terraced house, which is located in the town of Wassenaar, near The Hague, to add an extra 40 square metres of living space. By raising the More

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Four volumes piece together to form Studio Prototype’s Villa Schoorl in Holland

Four separate volumes fit together “like a puzzle” to form this villa in the Netherlands, designed by Studio Prototype as a contemporary interpretation of the region’s typical black barns (+ slideshow). The Amsterdam-based studio designed Villa Schoorl for a professional photographer who needed areas with different levels of privacy. This prompted the architects to divide up the structure into different volumes, with the more More

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“It’s about time we rethink the notion of authorship”

Opinion: after Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde was forced into an awkward discussion about the ownership of his projects, Louise Schouwenberg suggests that “star” individuals shouldn’t be getting all the credit. Daan Roosegaarde is the Dutch boy wonder of innovation, who has won international praise with a range of spectacular technological projects. But fame is a fragile More

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Benthem Crouwel’s new station for The Hague brings light in through a patterned glass roof

Dutch firm Benthem Crouwel Architects has rebuilt the central railway station in The Hague with a huge diamond-patterned glass roof (+ slideshow). Now open, the new 20,000 square-metre Den Haag Centraal station in the Dutch city replaces an old 1970s structure, creating a new light-filled terminal for trains, trams and buses. Benthem Crouwel Architects – which was also More

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Monadnock’s Abstract Tower features patterned walls of red and green brickwork

Rotterdam studio Monadnock used a variety of brickwork techniques to create the patterned facade of this viewing tower, designed to offer a new landmark for the small Dutch town of Nieuw-Bergen. Named Landmark Nieuw Bergen, but also known as the Abstract Tower, the building’s brick walls feature contrasting tones of red and green, as well as extruded elements, More

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