Archive for December, 2011


December 13, 2011

Bart van Hoek has just sent us some pics of Siemens:
almost completed.

Affordable Housing for the Ants Tribe!

December 8, 2011

Dutch DFA: During the fourth edition of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong bi-city biennale of architecture and urbanism, the NAi presents the exhibition Housing with a Mission on Sino-Dutch collaboration in social housing from 8 December 2011 until 10 February 2012.

‘Housing with a Mission’ is the product of NAi’s matchmaking programme in which Dutch architecture expertise is matched with international community projects. With this background in mind, NAi selected five Dutch architecture firms (NL Architects, Arons en Gelauff architecten, NEXT architects, KCAP and BARCODE Architects) and five Chinese architecture firms (Urbanus, Standard, NODE, O-Office and CAFA University) for this project, which consisted of developing new concepts for high-quality affordable housing.

RIBA Gold Medal for Herman Hertzberger!

December 8, 2011



December 5, 2011

Zdeněk Miler died last week. Miler is the creator of Krtek the Mole. His gorgeous animations are a big inspiration. Especially the episode The Mole in Town from 1982 that is both sad and optimistic about the contemporary condition: Little Mole and his friends even discover great pleasure in the artificial and literary plastic environment! Until bliss ends with a BANG…

Benedikt, who worked in our office in 2008, was a huge fan too. When he left he got a stunning Krteček inspired T-Shirt: a city-scape built up from projects he had worked on during his internship rendered in the spirit of Zdeněk Milers aesthetics.

When we packed for Prague for the opening of Made in NL, Otis (5) -one of our younger team members- asked if it was true that we were going to the land of Krteček (molletje as we call him, or Maulwurf). The little Mole really is a big thing in the Czech Republic, perhaps similar to Hello Kitty in Japan or Nijntje / Miffy in the Netherlands. On other occasions we had already brought home Mole Domino, Mole Puzzles, Mole Memory, Magnetic Mole and many more Moles. This time Otis hoped we could bring Mole Lego.

Conveniently the Lego shop was located next to our hotel Metropol. But it was disappointing to find out that a Lego version of the Mole was not available. Still it seems a very convincing business idea to fuse these two popular toys into a new product… a guaranteed HIT. We hope it will be on the market soon!

Loop House New Model

December 1, 2011

Shapeways just delivered a model of Loop House that we designed with yo2 in 2004. It somehow had always turned out to be fairly difficult to build the angular roof in model. The tension in the geometry was often defying the desired figure.

Partly because we set off with the nutty ambition not to use triangles –triangles in our opinion were way too simple; virtually any shape can be created too easily. Instead we tried irregular quadrilaterals only, non-parallel trapeziums placed under different angles. But modifying one point changed the entire structure immediately… hell!  It took a while before So:ren and Kirsten figured out that using a perfect square as plan with all lines facing the center allowed additional flexibility and a way to control the complexity…

It is still quite astounding that Young Joon found a way to actually build it….

The one model that worked out was sent to our client during the design process. For a long time we didn’t have physical proof of da house in the house. But Master Gen in his seemingly endless ‘spare’ time, prepared a new 3D file; here are some snapshots…