For a middle-aged couple I was commissioned to design an extension which would facilitate their needs through life. At the moment they want to travel the world with a camper van. They might sell the house in the future or they might stay there for the rest of their lives. The extension to their original house facilitates these choices in life since it can be put in different configurations. The standard layout consists of an enlargement of the living room which through its large windows connects the interior to their beloved garden. A hallway which shows as a separate volume connects the living room to a garage with a work shed attached. In case the couple want to sell the house this garage and shed is designed to easily be transformed into a studio or little practice with a small bathroom. If the couple decides to stay and grow old here they can use the garage and shed as their bedroom so they don’t need to climb stairs in their old days.
This house is part of a catalogue of houses called WeBuildHomes which is set up by Dutch architecture firm Space & Matter. The concept is based on the fact that high class architecture is currently only available for the rich. Therefor architecture firms were asked to design a house based upon a generic base so that people would have thousands of unique designs to pick from. Studioninedots commissioned me to design one of them. The idea for the Vertical Garden House is that in a sequence of row houses which will be its context, the facade steps back on every floor. The setbacks make room for plants. Together they provide a pleasant break in the stringent rhythm of the street. On the inside of the house the windows reach the floor so that the plants are visible and will provide soothing shadows in the rooms.
The Fantastic Norway project Slide City is an installation consisting of small high-rises, lit from the inside, with 2000 of Professor of Architecture Per Kartvedt’s legendary slides as windows. The windows are disjointed pieces of Per’s stories and ideas. Each window is a fragment of his life, thoughts and stories, not unlike the fragments we see of other people’s life every day through windows and brief meetings. Fragments you put together into new stories and fictions. My role in this installation was that of the Project Architect and Manager.
Studioninedots was commissioned to design this large scale housing project consisting of 590 student houses and 282 apartments for young professionals. My role was that of the Project Architect. The strategy in designing something this big works on three levels. There are two towers that work on the scale of the city. The tallest one points towards the main street, the Cornelis Lelylaan. The other tower points towards the secundary street. Together they work as a landmark and put the train- metro- en busstation Lelylaan on the map. The volume is devided in six smaller volumes surrounding a courtyard to break down the scale. Finally the individual volumes have a pattern in them to break down the scale even more.
This project consists of an extension and interior design of a monumental house in Utrecht. The aim was to not let the house lose its monumental character. By leaving a gab in between the extension and the original house the new and the old become volumes on their own. The difference in material of the monumental red bricks and the dark grey aluminum cladding enhances this effect on the outside. From the inside the gab makes it readable where the original house stops and the addition starts in a more subtle way. In between the two volumes indirect light enters the living room through a one piece roof light making a gradient on the white walls. The extension ends in a three parts sliding door covering the full width and height of the living room. Two thirds can be slid to the the side so there is a perfect square opening towards the garden.
In this Space Encounters project for the new headquarters of Joolz my role was that of the Project Architect. Joolz is a fast-growing Dutch company that designs and manufactures push chairs. Their headquarters is situated in an old factory building in the north of Amsterdam. Three volumes make up the existing building. The ground floor is stripped from its interior walls providing one big open space. Three big internal gardens with exotic plants make a division between a working area and a more informal space for meeting and lunch. The gardens serve as lungs providing fresh and filtered air. Rainwater from the roof is used as nutrition for the plants. Also in between the plants meeting and lounge places are situated. The upper floor is connected to the ground floor through openings overlooking the main hall.
In collaboration with Mellby Architects and Tupelo this proposal for a place in Sweden where Norwegian culture would be exposed won 1st prize. The idea was to organize a hotel with conference hall and exhibition space around a flat rock formation which would function as a square where interection and social events would take place. From these rocks as well as from the atrium inside the building there is a great view over the water surrounding Stockholm. From the water on the other hand the building works as a beacon.
This Smith and Thompson Architects project in East Hampton originally was a 1920's tractor barn with a potato barn attached and is transformed into a residence. The flat roofed open and transparant addition for which I developed several elements is contrasting with older parts of the building which are gabled and have shingle siding. The dining and kitchen area is floating between the old and the new sections of the house and is articulated by a bay with a narrow deck that hangs above the entry courtyard. A light tower draws natural light from every direction. Another transparant tower with glassed-in stairwell gives access to the second floor and continues up to a roof deck on the third floor.
The events of July 22nd, 2011 in Norway overshadow any former positive associations with regjeringskvartalet. Implementing higher security demands will remove any collective and public qualities of the original design. If the efforts of preserving the existing or rebuilding do not preserve the original values, then there is no point of having a densified governmental quarter in the center of Oslo. How can we keep a public, democratic and social governmental space in the city center? Taking up the 'grassroot approach' of the exhibition this installation enriches the ongoing dialogue about what regjeringskvartalet could be. Instead of presenting a specific design proposals on an urban or architectural scale 'a note from me' let the visitors themselves develop the content throughout the duration of the exhibition. This process not only creates a collective interaction between the visitors but also between all other exhibits. It bundles ideas triggered in the atmosphere of the exhibition and materializes them spontaneously. This interaction resulted in a visual catalogue of essential collective and private qualities any architectural intervention in regjeringskvartalet should offer as shared values.
The urban context of this house at the Kop Weespertrekvaart in Amsterdam is that of a housing block surrounded by individual lots which each their own design and use of materials. Instead of answering its surrounding with a similar exuberant design this house constitutes a counterweight because of its subdued but strong appearance. This design is based on two large adjacent openings that repeat over the floors. On the ground floor and the top floor this rhythm is interrupted and replaced by an opening double the size. This marks the entrance and the balcony. The repetition of pencil widths and horizontal facade elements provide a controlled image and strengthens the ground and top floor which are the exception to the rule. Since a large part of the entrance doors are hauled by a parking facility, this design aims at a spacious street-level porch which serves for access to the living area and also serves as the reception area of the ground floor and first floor office. This to achieve liveliness at ground level.
This Tupelo project involves a strategy for sustainable development of Vippetangen. It is the southern point of the peninsula in central Oslo and part of the urban renewel project Fjord City along Oslo’s waterfront. Vippetangen’s isolated position and industrial character makes it a misfit in this. The strategy for the regeneration of Vippetangen is to see this as a quality by keeping a fishinghall and a silo on the site. They function as a leitmotiv for the delevopment next to the fishinghall and behind the silo. A third striphas a flexible footprint. The three strips together form a square in which the silo in the middle is like a church. A green triangular space connects the area to the old forstress.
Strijp R is a former Philips premises in Eindhoven where in the near future a residential area will be realized. Three big factory doors are preserved and will in the new plan be a permanent link to a past in which ingenuity was key. The pavilion consists of these doors. They can slide open independently and form a public space to the north, east and south of the pavilion pointed towards the different parts of the new urban plan of Strijp R.
Fantastic Norway was asked to design the Norwegian stand at the 100% Design fair in Earls Court London in 2011. The idea for the stand was to make a ‘commercial’ and a ‘prototype’ section. The division is made by two house shapes consisting of poles. In between the poles there are shelves that present the products. While walking through the poles you would have the feeling of wondering through a forrest and discovering Norwegian goods. Since I made the conceptual sketch I was pointed out to be the Project Architect for the stand. The challenge in this was to secure the initial idea throughout the whole process of development and to realize it within the budget. The stand was awarded second place for best stand design at 100% Design in Earls Court / London, by Blueprint Magazine. The jury stated: “Within the context of the exhibition’s opening debate, surrounding ideas of the post-national nature of design, a country which has attempted to capture some essence and the characteristics of Norwegian design is an interesting exploration, and one which the Blueprint judges deemed worthy of special commendation”.
The Tupelo proposal in this open international competition was to create an urban ensemble consisting of the 11.400 m2 extension, the existing town hall and an old bank building. The new volume takes the pitched roof as a starting point to play the mediator between the two. One side is pointed towards the south to be able to use sunlight as an energy source. Internally the building consists of flexible workspaces around a diagonal core that starts on the ground floor as a public square. This makes interaction between the employees and visitors possible. The proposal received an honourable mention.
This house is situated West of Amsterdam on the North side of the Sloterplas which forms the centre of a large post war urban development. Built in the 50’s and 60’s of the 20th century the idea was to create housing which wouldn’t feel dense and with as much greenery as possible. About ten years ago this area was considered bad but recently the tables have turned. More and more houses are being sold to people who appreciate the outdoor feeling and the close proximity to the city centre.