Twenty-nine columns, eight rooms is our response to the open call 2019 by the London Festival of Architecture with the theme boundaries.
The RIBA Architecture Gallery is a neutral white box, created by a series of false walls in front of the existing structure. What lies behind these white walls remains unknown. Our proposal starts from the elements that distinguish this gallery from the white box: the L-shape of the room and three central columns of 1,02 x 1,02 meter.
We propose to use the same strategy to create a labyrinth of boundaries. The twenty-six false columns are equally divided in-between the existing columns and walls creating a series of eight rooms with different dimensions, larger and more intimate rooms. The columns are spaced 25 centimeters apart to question the boundaries of these rooms and give a hint of the spaces beyond. Visitors can see the light spill through the columns, but can’t pass through. Or can they? This tension is further enhanced by the slightly mirroring dark floor.Read more
We’re very excited to announce that we have been nominated for the Unfair Architect Award 2020. We hope to contribute to this progressive biennial art fair, which showcases 40 contemporary artists in the Zuiveringshal on the Westergasterrein.
“The Unfair Architect Award is a biennial visionary architectural prize that is characterised by a dual mission. It celebrates and actively promotes the most promising young architects of today and pushes their career development. Additionally it’s a professional quest to commission the best architect to create the exhibition design for Unfair’s upcoming namesake biennial art fair exhibition in 2020. Winning the award means designing and executing the exhibition design in an enormous industrial hall in the Westergasfabriek and incorporating the 40 individual art presentations that are included in the event. Baring in mind these points of departure, the award calls, for a design that has the unique and autonomous qualities of an artwork in its own right, yet is able to connect all artistic aspects involved. The architect will build their designs as a joint effort with all participating artists.With the no nonsense promise of direct commission and celebration and for the second time the Unfair Architect Award sets out to find the most inspiring design of 2019, bringing Unfair20 to another level.”Read more
The polished natural stone floor in the penthouse interior is finished. The floor gracefully reflects the light that enters the apartment from all sides. In a couple of weeks the work on the timber wall panelling will start.Read more
We recently received planning permission for a refurbishment and extension of a ground floor apartment in Amsterdam. The project is situated in Plan Zuid by H.P. Berlage. The monochrome extension, consisting of six brick columns topped by a dark red concrete lintel, draws inspiration from the expressive brick architecture of the surroundings. Construction works will commence in two weeks.Read more
We just finished a model of our holiday house in the dunes project. The asymmetrical roof gives the house a different appearance from every angle.Read more
We were commissioned to design the interior of a penthouse on the eleventh floor in the Amsterdam Houthavens. The central feature in the apartment is a twenty-five meter long cabinet that wraps around the core, entrance hall, bathrooms and storage spaces. The cabinet brings a human scale to the tall interior and is further defined by vertical ribs that integrate door handles.Read more
Unknown Architects is commissioned for the refurbishment of a two-storey apartment, ground floor and souterrain, in Amsterdam West. Pictured is one of the plan studies of the new layout: a completely open-plan with living areas defined by freestanding furniture as “columns”.Read more
For the ARC18 Jong Talent Award nomination, we were asked by De Architect to make a 1-minute introduction movie. In the movie our clients do the talking. They share their thoughts and experiences about the process, collaboration and result. Many thanks for their effort. We hope you enjoy this brief insight.Read more
We are excited to be nominated for the ARC18 Jong Talent Award.
The ARC18 Jong Talent Award is yearly awarded to a young designer with an original vision on the discipline and a unique contribution to the profession in the first phase of their architectural career. The winner will be announced on the 22nd of November during a festive award ceremony in the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam.Read more
We are commissioned by a family of four to design a holiday home in the dune landscape of one of the Wadden Islands. The site is on the edge of a settlement of holiday homes and overlooks the beautiful dune landscape.
The proposal aims to fit naturally in the landscape by making a compact volume under a single roof. The roof is articulated separately from its base creating a panoramic window that connects the interior of the ground floor, with the living room, kitchen and dining room, to the surrounding landscape. The sloping terrain allows for a lower ground floor level that houses two bedrooms, a bathroom, storage spaces and a small workshop.
We’re currently developing an integrated developed design in collaboration with structural, cost and climate consultants.Read more
We are honoured with the publication of seven of our projects on Italian architectural blog Divisare. The publication includes a thorough documentation of old and new projects, among which the Décor, Jordaan House, Linnaeusparkweg House and the recently completed Corner House in Leiden.Read more
Our recently completed project Corner House is published on Dezeen. Pictured is the living room of the house. The ornamented ceiling was found after taking away a suspended ceiling and was completely restored.Read more
We’re glad to share our competition proposal for the Veliko Tarnovo Expo Centre. The design aims to both provide in large event hall with the capacity for various events and at the same time position itself in relation to its immediate context. The hall is situated in the heart of the building while the lobby and supporting spaces are wrapped around. The interior of the hall distinguishes itself with a material palette composed of dark wainscoting and red velvet lining; a festive interior. A large window visually connects the interior of this impressive space to the courtyard and also allows for the possibility of natural light into the hall.Read more
Our competition proposal for the Barilla Pavilion on the Pedrignano Campus nearby Parma is online now. The pavilion is composed of the two building types that we find on the Barilla production site: a large horizontal slab, similar to the production buildings, and a slender tower, resembling the silos for the storage of semolina flour. The combination of these two elements makes the pavilion an integral part of Barilla’s Pedrignano Campus. By bringing all the activities of the Barilla Pavilion under a single roof the intriguing story of the production of pasta can be told: from the field to the table.Read more
We’re happy to see our recently completed Linnaeusparkweg House published on De Architect. Pictured is the centrepiece of the project: a semi-circular hall that allows for spontaneous encounters and conversations between the family members and creates specific moments in each of the adjacent bedrooms and bathroom.Read more
Linnaeusparkweg House is completed just in time for the summer. The refurbishment includes a central semi-circular hall that connects all bedrooms and a roof extension which is open to the roof terrace.Read more
The refurbishment of this wonderful corner house is nearing completion. More images will be released soon.Read more
We’re glad to share our proposal for the first round of the Prix de Rome Architecture 2018 in the link below. The assignment, Low Pressure, challenged the participants to design an intervention in the rural area of North-Groningen, around the villages Ganzedijk and Hongerige Wolf. Our proposal was part of the longlist of twelve most promising proposals and will be exhibited in Het Nieuwe Instituut, which will take place in October 2018.Read more
Unknown Architects recently got commissioned for the refurbishment of two apartments on the Keizersgracht. Both apartments are situated in a former office building designed by A.J. Van der Steur and R. Petersma. The building was completed in 1939 and transformed into apartments in 1997.Read more
New photography of House Jordaan online by MWA Hart Nibbrig. This includes recent staircase and attic additions by Cato Cano. The project brings two houses in the centre of Amsterdam together by adding a single furniture element that continues throughout the entire building. This element divides and connects spaces that were originally conceived separately. The wall openings have been preserved and take part in the composition. The furniture element is built out of whitewashed birch plywood. This is complemented by an oak floor, brass details and polycarbonate and textile additions.Read more
On 15 December 2017 Unknown Architects will give a lecture titled At Home as part of the Interiors Buildings Cities public lunch lecture series at Delft University of Technology. In this lecture we will share completed work from the last five years, as well as more recent work, including development of projects on site and in the design process.Read more
Unknown Architects has been working on the refurbishment and roof extension of a 1930s apartment in Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam. The roof extension follows the strict regulations set out in the planning conditions. Its main feature, an exposed timber structure articulates the roof shape. On the floor bellow three bedrooms and a bathroom are connected by a generous semi-circular hallway. This room functions as a place for encounters: a pivotal room connecting spaces both vertically and horizontally. Photograph is taken by MWA Hart Nibbrig.Read more
We recently received the commission for the refurbishment of an apartment on the Lijnbaansgracht in Amsterdam. The house is situated on the ground floor in a former sponge and shammy leather factory. The plot is twenty-three meters deep and draws daylight from the front facade and a patio at the rear. The challenge of the project will be to add a guest bedroom and bathroom while improving both the spatial and lighting conditions in the apartment.Read more
Unknown Architects is currently developing planning permission for the refurbishment of Club Basis, located on the Oudegracht in Utrecht. The layout will be reorganised for independent use of both halls and the interiors will further establish the raw and “naked” qualities of the existing spaces.Read more
Unknown Architects is commissioned for the extension of the early 20th century home of two musicians in Schiedam. The ground floor will be extended with a garden room providing a better connection between living room and garden.Read more
We’re delighted to announce that Unknown Architects was selected in an open call for young practices from Holland and Belgium to lead a first year master design studio within the chair Interiors Buildings Cities at the Technical University in Delft. It is one of the four studios derived from the common theme of The House in the City, which is further contextualised through the annual theme of the Festive City. The subject of our studio is the Coffee House or Koffiehuis. The studio will dive into the nature of the coffee house of our time, while drawing from its history as an open place for discussion that maximises the interaction between customers, forging a creative and convivial environment.Read more
Unknown Architects recently got commissioned for the refurbishment of an exceptional corner house in Leiden. The house is located on a corner in the Burgemeesterswijk overlooking the Singel and Plantsoenpark from corner windows on the ground, first and second floor. The house was built in 1903 and stands out because of the variety of brick bonds and ornamental details, including a decorative mosaic above the entrance door. We’re excited about the task of turning this four-story house and garden into a lively family home and will share more information soon.Read more
In collaboration with Suzana Milinovic and Rufus van den Ban (Studio Positif) and João Prates Ruivo (FORA), Keimpke Zigterman has been teaching at the architectural summer school Hello Wood in Hungary.
On a small rise in the Southwest of the Hungarian countryside with a team of 20 international students we have been part of a temporary community of 150 people from 30 different countries. On this site, which can be seen as an archipelago of event structures, we have developed a project that attempts to connect, not only, individual build structures but also the people working on those structures and therefore creates a stronger sense of community.
The team has implemented an intervention strategy that addresses the project site as a whole, including pre-existing and new structures, trees and bushes, topography and soil.Read more
We’re pleased to announce that the mahogany cabinet, designed for The Frangrance Store, has found a new home at Serge Schoemaker Architects in Amsterdam. The cabinet is now used for the display of architectural models, books and project folders and the storage of tools and stationery.Read more
We’re very pleased to invite you to the exhibition “Prelude. Een wevende generatie”. This Wunderkammer portrays a new generation of architects in the Netherlands and Belgium. Prelude will be on display at the M HKA (Antwerp, Belgium) during A Temporary Futures Institute, an exhibition which for a few months will transform the M HKA into a laboratory or workshop combining two concepts: art and future studies. The exhibition will be running from 16 June 2017 until 17 September 2017.
We’re very pleased to invite you to the opening of the “Maatwerk / Massarbeit” exhibition at 8 pm on the 8th of October. We’re among thirty three Flemish and Dutch offices that have been invited by Marius Grootveld and Jantje Engels, commissioned by the Flemish Architecture Institute, to show their work. The exhibition “Maatwerk / Massarbeit: Custom Made Architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands” will be running from 8 October 2016 until 12 February 2017 in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. On the day before the opening a symposium will be held – featuring Willem Jan Neutelings (Neutelings Riedijk Architects), Job Floris (Monadnock) and Inge Vinck (architecten de vylder vinck taillieu) – on the meaning of “maatwerk” in the work of Flemish and Dutch architects. More info on the work that will be shown soon.Read more
Unknown Architects have collaborated with Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) on the prize winning competition for £110m arts center ”The Factory” as a part of a large scale development plan in the city of Manchester. Unknown Architects were able to gain valuable insights, by studying the designs for this venue which can house a multiplicity of events. We were able to gain a deeper understanding of the typology by learning from the vast experience of OMA in all facets of theater and performance design.Read more
Unknown Architects is commissioned to design an Experience Center for TransFollow in Nootdorp. This company delivers services for the transport industry.
Two carefully placed objects define four different zones destined for four activities: A lobby, gallery, presentation space and conference room.
An industrial look will be combined with a selection of exclusive materials to create both a recognizable as a surprising atmosphere.
A compact black volume is carefully placed in-between two existing trees in this lush garden in Amsterdam. The structure functions as a garden studio where the client, a musician, can practice, teach and withdraw herself from the roaring fuss of the city. By keeping the volume compact; a trapezoidal shape with the eaves over the diagonal of the volume and two large openings with sliding windows, we tried to affect the garden as minimal as possible.
The shape of the roof and the non-perpendicular walls accomplish not only good acoustic qualities in the interior but also give this small structure a certain degree of complexity, both in the interior as in the exterior. By slightly rotating the plan the volume sets itself apart from the border of the garden suggesting the volume as a freestanding object. The sloping roofs emphasize the depth of the garden, while the glazing, since the plan is slightly rotated does reflect the garden and not the back façade of the clients house.Read more
“Een modern en comfortabel pied-à-terre in een eeuwenoud huis in het centrum van een stad, dat is toch de wens van iedere reislustige ondernemer? Dit pied-à-terre, ontworpen door Unknown Architects, is een huis geworden waar je graag naar terug keert na een verblijf in het buitenland. Het ontwerp combineert een eeuwenoud pand met nieuwe interieurelementen met als resultaat een minimalistisch en praktisch ingerichte woning.”Read more
The renovation in Leiden has recently been published on Dezeen: ”Emerging Dutch firm Unknown Architects has renovated a 200-year-old house in Leiden by stripping back its interior, and inserting built-in furniture. Daan Vulkers and Keimpke Zigterman of Unknown Architects were careful to restore some of the house’s character and spatial simplicity by removing non-original partitioned walls and suspended ceilings to create open-plan spaces on all three floors.”Read more
A time lapse movie of the performance by Canja Ensemble in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ edited by Froukje van Wengerden.Read more