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Center for architecture

Prins Hendrikkade 600 1011 VX
Amsterdam netherland

ARCAM website: www.arcam.nl

Architect: Rena van zuuk Architecten
website: www.renevanzuuk.nl

ARCAM Amsterdam Centre for Architecture was set up as a foundation in 1986 and concentrates its activities in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. ARCAM aims to reach the largest possible public in order to broaden architecture's appeal and zeros in on topical issues and developments in Amsterdam, so that the discussion about the future is constantly fuelled. ARCAM also has a function as co-ordination centre and works together with a large number of institutes in order to support and co-ordinate existing programmes and to initiate new activities.


At ARCAM there is an information point where the public can go for information and where architecture aficionados can be directed to interesting buildings and sites in the city. At ARCAM, the public can consult a large number of architecture books, magazines, folders, sites, maps and a collection of newspaper cuttings. These provide a wealth of information for those who are interested in architecture and urban planning and can help them to find interesting buildings and sites in Amsterdam. Part of the information point is a current affairs bulletin board, with a selection of topical news and developments in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape.



by another29 | 2005-04-25 04:10 | □Architecture


1992-1997 Rotterdam,Netherlands

Schouwburgplein 1
3012 CL Rotterdam Netherlands

Architect: Adriaan Geuze [West8]


In the 1980’s this area was once viewed as a problem area – a large empty place without character. The new square now is an urban stage, interactive and changing, with the skyline as its décor. The Schouwburgplein is situated in the heart of the city and is surrounded by shops and flanked by the City Theatre and the City Concert Hall. The space is furnitured with 15 meter high ventilation towers from the underground parking and four hydraulic lighting elements. Their configuration can be interactively altered by the inhabitants of the city. The layout of the square is based on the expected use at different times of the day and its relationship to the sun. These sunlight-zones are reflected in the mosaic of the different materials used on the floor.The whole square is lifted 35 cm from ground level to enhance the stage effect.



Schouwburgplein is ideally located between the Rotterdam Theater and the Doelen Concert Hall. It is surrounded by cafes and restaurants and sits within walking distance of the central train station.
Yet despite this prime location, Schouwburgplein was formerly a dead urban space; infrequently used, dreary, and dilapidated. Poor management and uninviting spatial arrangements were largely to blame. Despite numerous public complaints, the real instigator of the square's redevelopment was the adjacent construction of a large cinema. This inspired people in power to begin thinking seriously about how to bring more culture into the area.

PATHE! Schouwburgplein /Movie Theater/ website: www.pathe.nl/schouwburgplein

by another29 | 2005-04-22 17:51 | □Architecture


1606-1669 Netherland

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age.

Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, his later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardship. Yet his drawings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high and for twenty years he taught nearly every important Dutch painter. Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. The self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.

The Night Watch / The Company of Frans Banning Cock preparing to march out 1642 Oil on canvas; on display Oil on canvas 3630x4370mm アムステルダム国立美術館 Rijksmuseum,Amsterdam

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden, the Netherlands. He was the ninth child born to Harmen Gerritsz van Rijn and Neeltgen Willemsdr van Zuytbrouck. His family was quite well-to-do; his father was a miller and his mother was a baker's daughter. As a boy he attended Latin school and was enrolled at the University of Leiden, although according to a contemporary he had a greater inclination towards painting; he was soon apprenticed to a Leiden history painter, Jacob van Swanenburgh, with whom he spent three years. After a brief but important apprenticeship of six months with the famous painter Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam, Rembrandt opened a studio in Leiden in 1624 or 1625, which he shared with friend and colleague Jan Lievens. In 1627, Rembrandt began to accept students, among them Gerrit Dou.


by another29 | 2005-04-19 03:20 | □Grafic

Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas
born 1944 Amsterdam,Netherlands

OMA*AMO HQ Rotterdam
Heer Bokelweg 149
3032 AD Rotterdam The Netherlands


Remment Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and "Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design" at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA. Koolhaas first studied scriptwriting at the Dutch Film Academy, and was then a journalist for the Haagse Post before starting studies, in 1968, in architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, followed, in 1972, by further studies at Cornell University in New York. Koolhaas is the principal of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, or OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO, nowadays based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In 2005 he co-founded Volume Magazine together with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman.

Kunsthal 1922 Rotterdam,Netherlands /website:www.kunsthal.nl


The Kunsthal combines 3300 square meters of exhibition space, an auditorium and restaurant into one compact design. Sloping floor planes and a series of tightly organized ramps provide seamless connection between the three large exhibition halls and two intimate galleries. Its position, wedged between a busy highway and the network of museums and green spaces known as the museum park, allows it to function as a gateway to Rotterdam’s most prized cultural amenities.
The building was conceived as a square crossed by two routes: one, a road running east/west, parallel to the Maasboulevard; the other, a public ramp extending the north/south axis of the Museum Park.
With these given, and the fact that these crossings would divide the square into four parts, the challenge became: how to design a museum as four autonomous projects - a sequence of contradictory experiences which would nevertheless form a continuous spiral. In other words, how to imagine a spiral in four separate squares. The concept of the building is a continuous circuit.

by another29 | 2005-04-05 23:30 | □Architecture

Meyer en Van Schooten

Meyer en Van Schooten

+Roberto Eduard Meyer [born.1959]
+Jeroen Wouter van Schooten [born.1960]

Pilotenstraat 35
1059 CH Amsterdam The Netherlands

website: www.meyer-vanschooten.nl

The first big orders from that period - the orthodontic centre in Almere (1992), the technical premises (starting in 1992) and head offices of the energy consultants and testing and certification agency KEMA in Arnhem (1996) and the housing development in the Mercator district of West Amsterdam (1993-1995) – reflect the independent approach the office was taking in the world of architecture. Meyer and van Schooten’s design for the Kwadrant dwellings in the Jason Park district of Rotterdam won the Woningbouwkwaliteitsprijs (Quality Prize for Housing Construction) 1999, while their design for six housing complexes and a dwelling cluster for senior citizens on the GWL terrain in Amsterdam won them the Merkelbach Prize 2000. The office’s order portfolio grew appreciably during the ‘nineties, and became more varied, including social housing, houses for sale, villas, urban development plans, schools, offices and even bridges. In December 1997, the office won the order for designing the new head offices of the ING Group in Amsterdam, and the construction of the building was completed in 2002. This project yielded the office a multiplicity of prizes, including the National Steel Prize 2002, the Netherlands Glass Award 2002, the Netherlands Building Prize 2003, the Netherlands Aluminium Award for Architecture 2003 and the European Award for Steel Structures 2003.

Shoebaloo /Shoe Shop 2003 Amstrdam,Netherlands


by another29 | 2005-04-02 02:15 | □Architect