Architecture in The Netherlands
We've selected what we feel are the key examples of Dutch Architecture. We aim to include buildings that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.
We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across The Netherlands. The focus is on contemporary buildings in Holland but information on traditional Dutch architecture is also welcome.
We have 6 pages of Dutch Architecture selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages.
Dutch Architecture : news + key projects (this page)
Dutch Architecture Designs : A
Dutch Architecture Developments : B-G
Dutch Building Designs : H-P
Dutch Buildings : R-Z
Dutch Building Developments : Architecture outwith major cities
Key Dutch Buildings are listed by city alphabetically:
Almere, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Boxtel, Breda, Delft, Doetinchem, Dordrecht, Eindhoven, Enschede, Groningen, The Hague, Hilversum, Lelystad, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Wageningen, Other.
Dutch Architecture - Latest Designs
Residential Architecture Designs in Holland - latest additions to this page, chronological:
International Criminal Court, The Hague - building news
Design: schmidt hammer lassen architects
image from architects
International Criminal Court Holland - 17 Apr 2013
The ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. It was founded in 2002 and has grown to the present-day size of 122 member countries.
Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen
Design: Claus En Kaan Architecten
photo : Rick Roxburgh
Netherlands Institute of Ecology - 17 Apr 2013
This building is situated on the campus of Wageningen University, but falls under the aegis of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences The principal’s ambition was to implement the most sustainable research institute in the world based on the cradle-to-cradle philosophy.
Villa L, near Utrecht
Design: Powerhouse Company with RAU
photograph from architects
Villa L - 27 Mar 2013
Powerhouse Company, in close collaboration with RAU, recently completed Villa L. Designed to fulfil the desires and needs of a young family, Villa L is set in the woods of central Netherlands, fully oriented towards the sun and the views on the garden.
Villa L is a spatially diverse residence where every floor has its own strong identity, creating a broad spatial spectrum within a unified whole.
House N, Noordwijk
Design: Maxwan a+u
photo © Filip Dujardin
House N - 27 Mar 2013
Built in 1938, this Dutch seaside villa was originally the holiday home of a concrete factory owner. Battered and blustered by the salty sea weather over the decades, the house was in need of renovation. Besides roof replacement and basement repairs, the bedrooms, bathrooms and windows were outdated and some spaces had grown too small for the clients’ requirements. The additions by the architects bring new distinctive features to the house, while respecting its original character.
Beukenhof Auditorium and Crematorium, Rotterdam, eastern The Netherlands
Design: Asymptote Architecture
image from Asymptote Architecture
Beukenhof Auditorium and Crematorium - 4 Mar 2013
Asymptote Architecture is pleased to announce winning a 2013 Progressive Architecture Award for the Beukenhof Auditorium and Crematorium. The Annual Progressive Architecture Awards has long been associated with many movements that have "pushed the design envelope at a given moment". As the P/A Awards celebrates its 60th anniversary, this year's jury discovered that, as a whole, contemporary architects seem to be focusing on what Ehrlich describes as "moving toward trendlessness and diverging into positive sub practices."
Laboratory for Infectious Diseases, Groningen, north east Netherlands
Architects: De Zwarte Hond
photo : Gerard van Beek
Laboratory for Infectious Diseases - 25 Feb 2013
The construction of this building is a start of the redevelopment at the MartiniPoint in Groningen. The laboratory with over 200 employees, is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands and does research in the field of virology and immunology. The specialist work and very strict work protocols require a specific design and layout of the building.
Paddenstoelenhuis, Berghem, Oss, south Netherlands
Design: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten
photo : Roel Backaertv
Paddenstoelenhuis - 15 Feb 2013
In the south of the Netherlands just outside of the village Berghem, Mulders vandenBerk Architects has realized the ‘Paddenstoelenhuis’ commissioned by Champignonkwekerij van de Vorle. The ‘Paddenstoelenhuis’ is an information centre where you can learn all about mushrooms. From here guided tours are organized to the mushroom plantation. The building is nicely located in the countryside and can be rented as location for meetings and culinary workshops.
Bridge House, Achterhoek
photo : Christiaan de Bruijne
House by 123DV - 15 Jan 2013
The roads are lined with wildflowers. In summer, purple and yellow loosestrife are in bloom. Timber-framed farmhouses, enclosed meadows, ancient fields, and wonderful oak trees with their thick trunks turn your thoughts to days long gone. This villa is set in a newly developed estate in the unique, tree-lined landscape of the Dutch Achterhoek.
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
Benthem Crouwel Architects
photo : Jannes Linders
Ziggo Dome - 29 Nov 2012
The sign becomes the building: brightly lit and dark at the same time, the impressive Dome shall not go unnoticed when passing by. This Dutch building is covered with 120,000 LED fixtures, allowing the facade to appear as a video screen on all sides. The 10,000 sqm screen can be used for announcements or to show what is happening inside.
Internationaal Dans en Muziek Centrum, Den Haag
Design: Neuteling Riedijk Architects
picture © Neutelings Riedijk Architecten
Internationaal Dans en Muziek Centrum - 19 Nov 2012
New development for Royal Conservatory / Dutch Dance Theatre / Residential Orchestra, with a 1500 seat Concert Hall, a 1100 seat Opera / Dance Hall, and a 700 seat Ensemble Hall, educational spaces, studios, foyers, logistical spaces, parking. The building construction cost is € 120.000.000,- (excl. VAT, fees and interior).
Theatre Spijkenisse, Rotterdam
image : UNStudio
Theatre Spijkenisse - 26 Oct 2012
The design for the Theatre Spijkenisse focuses on the placement and orientation of the building in the urban location, whilst simultaneously providing architectural solutions for programming needs and public access. Traffic flows play an important role in the organisation of the building.
Fontys Sports College, Eindhoven
photo : Christian Richters
Fontys Sports College Building - 26 Oct 2012
Sport encourages friendship and solidarity and serves as an inspiration. Sport is healthy, relaxing, and above all, fun. This is evident in the sports college that Mecanoo architecten was commissioned to build by the council of Eindhoven and Fontys University of Applied Sciences on the Genneper Parken ‘sports estate’ in Eindhoven. The 16,500 m² sports complex opened on Thursday 25 Oct.
Studio Verwey Exhibition, Haarlem
Office Jarrik Ouburg
photo : OJO
Studio Verwey Exhibition - 24 Oct 2012
Studio Verwey refers to the Haarlem artist Kees Verwey, who made his name as a painter, watercolorist and draughtsman. His studio in Haarlem was an important source of inspiration for him. His monumental studiopieces are a high point in his oeuvre. Photographs of Verwey in his studio, seated behind his painter’s easel, show the archetypical artist.
House of Pertijs, Breda
Design: concrete architectural associates
photograph : ewout huibers for concrete
House of Pertijs - 11 Oct 2012
'House of Pertijs' has its roots in a traditional family-owned watch and jewellery store where clients were treated more like friends than customers. To create more customer flow, the owner came up with a new vision: why not combine these different product groups in one store? The idea of a watch and jewellery concept store was born.
Fort near Hoofddorp
Design: Serge Schoemaker Architects
image from architects
Fort Hoofddorp - 5 Sep 2012
Dutch architect Serge Schoemaker has revealed his design for the redevelopment of Fort near Hoofddorp (1907). With a redevelopment of the historical site local authorities aspire to make the world heritage monument more known and open to the public. Schoemaker's conversion design transforms the 8'100 m2 large fort island into an open air theater and restaurant.
Buildings in The Netherlands - Latest Additions
Hilversum Town Hall
W M Dudok
photo © Adrian Welch
Hilversum Town Hall Building - new photographs - 21 Aug 2012
Sanatorium Zonnestraal, Hilversum
Jan Duiker with Bernard Bijvoet and Jan Gerko Wiebenga
photo © Adrian Welch
Sanatorium Zonnestraal - new photographs - 21 Aug 2012
New photographs of this famous Modernist building that appears in most histories of 20th Century Architecture and the Modern Movement.
The former Zonnestraal Sanatorium is one of the most famous modern monuments in the Netherlands. A master plan was elaborated in 1997 to convert it into a health centre with a combination of (para)medical and recreational functions.
Netherlands Architecture - Recent Designs
Fort Werk aan 't Spoel, Culemborg
Design: Rietveld Landscape | Atelier de Lyon
photo : Rob 't Hart
Fort Werk aan 't Spoel - 15 Aug 2012
Fort “Werk aan ‘t Spoel” is a national monument dating from 1794. Part of the New Dutch Waterline - a military defense line making use of intentional flooding - it served to protect one of the inundation locks. The municipality of Culemborg and Foundation Werk aan ‘t Spoel would like to see the derelict fort become a public attraction.
KAPP SKIL, Texel, Dutch Wadden Islands - award news
image : Mecanoo
KAPP SKIL Texel - 31 May 2012
KAAP SKIL, maritime and beachcombers museum, on the Dutch Wadden Island of Texel, wins Daylight Award 2012, The museum building designed by the Dutch office Mecanoo architecten, will house a café and offices.
SPLIT _ VIEW, Mierlo - Hout
photo : Daan Dijkmeijer
Mierlo - Hout Building - 7 May 2012
This family which wanted to build this house was motivated by the change of their living situation and wanted to express this also in their new house. The two children of this family wanted to have their own living surrounding but also wanted to be in close contact with the parents. On the other hand the parents wanted to have more private zones in the new house but also be in close contact with their children.
Onze Droomschool, Dordrecht
image : Mecanoo architecten
New Dutch School Building - 25 Apr 2012
The new 5,322 m² school brings together education, care and medical science. The Vlij ‘Mytyl’ school, the Blije Gaarde school and the Dordtse Buitenschool collaborate in their new premises with the care support body Gemiva-SVG Group and the Rijndam revalidation centre.
Emmen Theatre and Zoo
Henning Larsen Architects + Van den Berg Groep
picture from Henning Larsen Architects
Emmen Theatre and Zoo - 16 Apr 2012
Henning Larsen Architects and Van den Berg Groep have won first prize in an international competition for a 16,000 m2 theatre building that will also comprise the entrance to the zoological park in Emmen, the Netherlands. The well-known Dutch architecture companies MVRDV and Mecanoo also participated in the competition.
City Hall + Cultural Center in Nieuwegein
photo © Adam Mørk
City Hall + Cultural Center in Nieuwegein - 26 Mar
The new City Hall and cultural center in the Dutch city of Nieuwegein, is designed to create cohesion and the foundation for a stronger local community.
EYE Dutch Film Museum, Amsterdam
Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
photo © Rene den Engelsman
EYE Dutch Film Museum - 13 Mar
EYE, the new Dutch film museum, opens to the public on 5 April 2012 in its brand-new building designed by the Vienna-based firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Hatert Tower, Nijmegen
photograph © Boris Zeisser
Nijmegen Housing - 19 Jan
In the area Hatert, at the edge of the city of Nijmegen, the housing corporations Portaal and Talis organize a great renewal operation. Most of the current housing does not comply with contemporary standards or needs a substantial make over.
Royal Gold Medal for architecture - 6 Dec 2011 : Herman Hertzberger wins
photo © Hans van den Bogaard
EEA and Tax offices, Groningen
photo : Ronald Tilleman
IBG and Tax Offices
Key Dutch Architecture Designs
Architectural Designs in Holland, alphabetical:
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