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14 Sep 2017

Wiel Arets News

Latest Designs by Wiel Arets

Antwerp Tower, Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp Tower
image from architects office
Antwerp Tower Building by WAA
Situated on a corner site, adjacent to the Flemish Opera, the Antwerp Tower is an existing building that will be repurposed to hybrid-programmed residential tower, reusing the existing building’s structure, and shape. The Antwerp Tower is the third tallest building in Antwerp. Currently 87 m tall, and expected to be 100m when completed, the building will eventually total 59.800 sqm.

Anna van Buerenplein Tower, The Hague, Holland
Anna van Buerenplein Tower
image from architects office
AvB Tower – 21 Mar 2012
Wiel Arets Architects begin construction on the Anna van Buerenplein Tower in The Hague. The Anna van Bueren square serves as the lobby for AvB Tower, within which a hybrid program will be realized that can be seen as an extension of the commuter-leisure concept

American Academic Architectural Position
Wiel Arets Architect named Dean of IIT College of Architecture

Regiocentrale Zuid, Maasbracht, The Netherlands
Regiocentrale Zuid Building
photograph : Jan Bitter
Wiel Arets – latest design – 27 Feb 2012

Wiel Arets Architects – Practice Profile

Wiel Arets Exhibition

‘Wiel Arets Architects : STILLS’, COAM, Madrid, Spain

10 Nov – 22 Dec 2011
Fundación Arquitectura COAM, C/ Piamonte nº 23, 28009 Madrid


Wiel Arets Architects was founded in 1983 and has since expanded to become an internationally renowned name. The firm has its roots in the Limburg region of the Netherlands, and has offices in Amsterdam, Maastricht and Zürich. STILLS shows the development of the oeuvre, expands upon the theoretical background that informs the work, and offers insight into the sources of inspiration and fascination of Wiel Arets; from his very early beginnings, to his current teachings and projects. In six short video documentaries, the architect leads the visitor through the cities of Tokyo, Zürich, Berlin and Milan, expounding his vision of the future of architecture and urban construction.

Wiel Arets Film

Wiel Arets: ‘Perspectives’, The Netherlands

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photographs from Wiel Arets Architects

2011 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam documentary world premiere

(Amsterdam, 21 September 2011) The world premiere of the documentary ‘Perspectives’ on the life and work of this architect will take place at the 2011 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam on 8 October at 17:45

Perspectives, a documentary on the life and work of Dutch architect Wiel Arets, produced by George Vegelaar, will have its world premiere at the 2011 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam on 8 October at 17:45. The documentary sketches the image of an enthusiastic, ambitious and tireless architect working throughout the world. Set throughout the Netherlands, Milan, Zürich, Berlin and Tokyo, the producers travelled with Arets for months, talking with him along the way about his ideas and theories as they relate to architecture, design and metropolitan development, as well as his current projects.

The film’s producers also speak to him about his choice of clothing – in particular his affection for Comme des Garçon, his passion for Japan and its culture, as well as his time as Dean of the Berlage Institute, as a tenured professor at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and his countless professorships at the world’s most renowned universities. Perspectives is an in-depth portrait of a timeless, driven and highly energetic man: Wiel Arets

Wiel Arets Amsterdam Design

De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
De Nieuwe Liefde Amsterdam
picture from WAA
De Nieuwe Liefde – 29 Apr 2011

20 Apr 2011

Wiel Arets Book

‘STILLS: A Timeline of Ideas, Articles & Interviews 1982-2010’

In connection with the recent WAA exhibition entitled STILLS, the accompanying exhibition book – STILLS: A Timeline of Ideas, Articles & Interviews 1982-2010 – is an in-depth look at the words behind the work of Dutch architect Wiel Arets. The book is a winner of the ‘2010 Best Dutch Book Design Award’ for the category of ‘Special Interest’.

Wiel Arets STILLS Book Wiel Arets Book
photo : WAA

Wiel, first as a professor at the AA London, Columbia University New York, the Cooper Union New York, Washington University St. Louis, as former Dean of the Berlage Institute Rotterdam and as a professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, believes that research and education are an intrinsic part of being an architect. It means thinking and making while instilling a nonlinearity in the creation process.

Within the book texts as well as images of selected built projects – photographed by Jan Bitter – weave through a span of 28 years, providing an overview of realised buildings in their everyday context. The development of Arets’ ideas are shown in their multitude of thought and action through a collection of articles, interviews and the most important theoretical texts by the architect – including many that were previously unpublished or only available in Dutch. Throughout the book Wiel enters into a dialogue with others, while his work is simultaneously critically assessed and analysed.

Some of architecture’s most influential voices can be found inside, including: Stan Allen, Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos, Kristin Feireiss, Kenneth Frampton, Jacques Herzog, Hans Ibelings, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas, Arthur Kroker, Bart Lootsma, Greg Lynn, Robert McCarter, Dominique Perrault, Hani Rashid, Kazuyo Sejima, Roemer van Toorn, Anthony Vidler and Alejandro Zaera-Polo.

The book retails for €34.50, is a 630 page publication, and is available for purchase via: www.010.nl

H House, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Date built: 2011
H House Maastricht
photo : Joao Morgado
H House Maastricht

Wiel Arets Dutch Exhibition

18 Dec – 13 Feb 2011 Glaspaleis, Heerlen, The Netherlands
After more than 25 years of continuous innovation, the time for an oeuvre exhibition on the work done by WAA has come. With more than 250 projects, 20 monographs, a series of products in production, countless lectures and professorships given by Wiel, and four new office publications in the works, the timing seems right.

Key Projects by Wiel Arets

Featured Developments by Wiel Arets Architects, alphabetical:

A Tower, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A Tower
picture : WAA
A Tower Amsterdam

Apartment tower, Rotterdam

Deichmanske Library – Competition design, Oslo, Norway
Deichmanske Library
picture : WAA
Deichmanske Library Oslo

Fashion Shop Beltgens, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Fashion Shop Beltgens
picture : Jan Bitter
Fashion Shop Beltgens

Gallery Borzo, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Gallery Borzo
picture : Jan Bitter
Gallery Borzo Amsterdam

The Hedge House, Wijlre, The Netherlands
1998 – 2001
The Hedge House
picture : Jan Bitter
The Hedge House

IJhal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wiel Arets Architects
IJhal Amsterdam
picture from architect studio

IJhal Amsterdam

Kloostertuin Housing, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Kloostertuin Housing Apeldoorn
picture : Jan Bitter
Kloostertuin Housing

Media House Schwäbischer Publishers, Ravensburg, Germany
2008- (Under Construction)
Media House Schwäbischer Publishers
image : WAA
Media House Schwäbischer Publishers

Sport Campus Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Sport Campus Leidsche Rijn Building
picture : Jan Bitter
Sport Campus Leidsche Rijn

Stadium Euroborg, Groningen, The Netherlands
Stadium Euroborg Groningen
picture : Jan Bitter
Stadium Euroborg

Style Suite Shop, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Style Suite Shop
picture : Jan Bitter
Style Suite Shop

Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands
University Library Utrecht
picture : Jan Bitter
Utrecht University Library

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Wiel Arets - Practice Information

Architect studios based in Maastricht and Amsterdam (Holland) and Zurich (Switzerland)

Wiel Arets : Dutch Architects

Wiel Arets Architects - Company Profile Wiel, born 1955 in Heerlen, the Netherlands, graduated from the Technical University Eindhoven in 1983. In the same year he established Wiel Arets Architect & Associates in Heerlen. In 1997 the office was moved to Maastricht. In 2004, a second office was opened by Wiel Arets in Amsterdam, with a third opening in Zürich during 2008.

The studio of 'Wiel Arets Architects' has extensive experience in the fields of urbanism, and public, private and utility buildings on every scale. Additionally, the studio develops products for both limited and mass production in collaboration with leading design manufacturers.

Wiel has held a number of academic positions at some of the world's most renowned schools and universities: from 1986 to 1989 he taught at the Architectural Academies of Amsterdam & Rotterdam, from 1988 to 1992 the Diploma Unit Master at the Architecture Academy London, visiting professor at Columbia University, and from 1991 to 1994 he held several visiting professorships at The Cooper Union in New York, the HAK in Vienna, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. From 1995 to 2002 the architect was dean of the Berlage Institute Amsterdam/Rotterdam, and held the Berlage Institute Professorship at the Technical University Delft until 2009. Since 2003 Wiel Arets has been a member of the Advisory Board at Princeton University. In 2004 he accepted a tenure professorship at the UdK in Berlin.

The work of WAA has been widely published in magazines and several monographs, such as El Croquis, have been produced. The firm's work has been recognized through various awards and nominations; the '1994 Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European Architecture' with special mention 'Emerging Architect', the 1998 UIA Nomination as one of world's thousandth best buildings of the 20th century for the Academy of Art and Architecture in Maastricht, the 1988 Charlotte Köhler Award, the 1989 Rotterdam Maaskant Award, the '2005 BNA Kubus Award' for the entire oeuvre and the Rietveld Prize given in 2006.

Wiel Arets : Amsterdam Architects

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