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12 May 2017

NL Architects – Latest Designs

NL Architects News arranged chronologically:

DEFLAT KLEIBURG in Amsterdam by NL architects and XVW architectuur Wins Mies van der Rohe 2017 Awards

Mies van der Rohe 2017 Award Winner

DeFlat Kleiburg in Amsterdam is the 2017 Winner of Prize. The architects are NL Architects and XVW architectuur and the client Kondor WesselsVastgoed.

DeFlat is an innovative renovation of one of the biggest apartment buildings in The Netherlands called Kleiburg, a bend slab with 500 apartments in Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer neighbourhood. Consortium DeFlat rescued the building from the wrecking ball by turning it into a “Klusflat”, meaning that the inhabitants renovate their apartments by themselves.

Mies van der Rohe Awards: European Union Prize Winner in 2017

10 Feb 2016
Barneveld Centrum, province of Gelderland, centre of the Netherlands
Barneveld Centrum
photos : Marcel van der Burg
Barneveld Centrum Building
One of the keys to the success of Prettig Wachten is to introduce permanent human presence on these stations, to create some sort of informal supervision. An effort is made to create small multifunctional shops. In Wolvega for instance a flower shop will be opened, the florist will also serve coffee (and clean the restrooms).

Barneveld Noord Train Station, Gelderland, The Netherlands
Barneveld Noord Train Station
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Barneveld Noord Train Station – 23 Oct 2013
ProRail, responsible for the Dutch railway network together with the national supervisor for railway architecture started a campaign to make waiting more comfortable. Smaller stations can be desolate and dull. What can architects do to improve them? This building shows that with a little imagination a basic typology can be transformed into life-affirming architecture.

‘Greening’ the City: Mini Golf at the Harbour Club parking lot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Design: NL Architects
Mini Golf at the Harbour Club parking lot Amsterdam
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Mini Golf Harbour Club – 10 Sep 2013
Building production in the Netherlands has come to a full stop, more or less. Numerous building sites currently remain un-used: the existing buildings have been demolished to make place for new developments but actual construction has been postponed.

NS Stations Headquarters, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Design: NL Architects
NS Stations Headquarters Utrecht
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NS Stations Headquarters – 2 Jul 2013
The current floor plan consists of typical cellular offices along the facade and an oversized hallway in the center. The basic idea is to introduce a series of perpendicular walls that will organize the space. By ‘inflating’ these partitioning walls they can become storage spaces. The shelves can absorb most of the clutter that normally spreads trough the office, such as wardrobes, bookshelves, flip boards, archive, bulletin boards. And sometimes even the stairs. The Thick Walls™ will clean up the space.

Sanya Super Market, Hainan, China
Sanya Lake Park Super Market
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Sanya Supermarket Hainan – 29 Apr 2013
The idea is now to place the main shopping volume underground. The Super Market can directly draw its customers from the large basement parking below the residential buildings. In addition delivery and logistics can now disappear underground as well.

Florida Pool House, FL, USA
Pool House Florida
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Florida Pool House – 21 Mar 2013
Sketchbook investigates what new role the swimming pool could play in designing a home. Could the Pool serve as a more fundamental ingredient of the contemporary mansion? Could we imagine a ‘mash-up’ of Home and Pool?

Columnar Towers in Hackney, London, England, UK
Design: NL Architects + WHAT Architecture
Colville Estate Towers London
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Colville Estate Towers – 27 Feb 2013
Columnar Towers is a proposal for a residential development of 199 apartments in Hackney, London. The project is part of a masterplan by Karakusevic Carson Architects for the regeneration of the Colville Estate. The high residential density demands of the project brief will inevitably result in large massing. Our proposal attempts to mitigate the effects of this by breaking each tower into a ‘bundle’ of seven smaller towers, or ‘columns’. Each mini-tower is formed by simple ‘stacks’ of single apartments.

Kleiburg Apartment Building, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Kleiburg Amsterdam
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Kleiburg Apartment Building – 10 Dec 2012
Kleiburg is one of the biggest apartment buildings in the Netherlands: a bent slab with 500 apartments, 400 meter long, 10 + 1 stories high.

Turnzaal Nieuw Welgelegen, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Design: NL Architects
Turnzaal Nieuw Welgelegen Utrecht Building Design
photo : Luuk Kramer

TNW Utrecht – 23 Nov 2012
This building is a sports hall dedicated to Gymnastics. It will not be used for any other sports. Four clubs combine efforts in this new facility. It is the 3rd and probably last building in the redevelopment of the sports complex in the center of Utrecht called Nieuw Welgelegen. The brief excluded the possibility of creating windows in the hall. This turns out to be the main dilemma for this type of facility.

De Kameleon, The Bijlmer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NL Architects
De Kameleon Building
photo : Luuk Kramer

De Kameleon – 10 Jul 2012
De Kameleon is a supersized housing block including a new shopping center and plenty of parking in the area formerly known as Bijlmermeer. The Bijlmer is the one area in the Netherlands that sometimes is considered a ghetto. At the moment the area is going through a radical renovation process: an attempt is being made to turn it into a regular Dutch suburb. Standard low-rise housing is introduced that replaces the 10 storey apartment buildings but also the green spaces in-between them.

NL Architects – Recent Designs

Bike Pavilion, Hainan Province, Southern China
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Bicycle Club Building
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Bike Pavilion China – 16 May 2012
Housing Corporation VANKE asked NL Architects to make a proposal for a Bike Club as part of a big resort in Southern China. The pavilion building should accommodate bike rental and a cafe.

Sanya Block 5, Hainan Province, China
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Sanya Building
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Sanya Block 5 – 24 Apr 2012
Sanya is the southernmost city in China. Sanya is located in Hainan Province. The city is renowned for its tropical climate and is a popular tourist destination. Daily mean = 25˚ C!
Block 5 is part of a resort development. The project consists of 8 blocks of 6 stories on top of a ground floor with restaurants, bars and retail.

Groninger Forum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Groningen Forum
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Groninger Forum is a new type of public building; an innovative center for debate that aspires to blur the boundaries between Library, Museum and Cinema. A public ‘square’ winds up and makes all the ‘pores’ of the building accessible. The intelligent organization of open and closed functions creates an explicit figure: a 3D logo for the public character of the institute.

Gapyong Space Invader, South Korea
Gapyong Space Invader
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Gapyong Building
Our good friend Young Joon Kim asked us to join forces in a competition for a residential development in the area of Gapyong, not too far from Seoul. Yo2 has been developing the masterplan and invited MSA (Marina Stankovic and Tobias Jortzick), CAT (Kazuhiro Kojima), Unsangdong (Joon Gyo Jang), FOA (Alejandro Zaera-Polo) and NL to participate.

Mash Up!
Kamiel Klaase – EUSAS lecture 11 Mar 2011 Edinburgh, Scotland:
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NL Architects – Key Projects

Featured Buildings by NL Architects, alphabetical:

Basket Bar, Utrecht, The Netherlands
NL Architects / Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, Mark Linnemann
European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award:
Emerging Architect Special Mention 2005

Loop House, Heiry Art Valley, South Korea

Taipei Performing Arts Center entry, Taiwan
Taipei Performing Arts Center
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Taipei Performing Arts Center – design

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