Open Monumentendag Amsterdam

Open Monumentendag is a cultural event that takes place in the second weekend of September throughout the Netherlands. An impressive number of monuments open their doors for one or both days. And if some of them can be visited other times of the year, some, such as private homes or offices, are open to the […]

The Walkway, the Front Door and the Justus van Effen Complex

The walkway as a method of accessing apartments is one of the most common systems in the Netherlands. It allows for multiple layers of houses on the same piece of land without a central distribution point and the illusion of less vertical circulation points. It results into long and narrow balconies which are promoted as […]

Human Nature, Psychology and Architecture

We are influenced from the very first moment in one way or another by everything that surrounds us. Mothers are aware that food, environment, stress and emotions have a major impact on a baby. Education, home environment and more get added to the list once the child is born. The amazing thing is that more […]

The Power of Hand Drawing and How to Draw a Perspective from Scratch

With the amazing technological development of the last decades, hand drawing has been pushed back. The opinions are split. Many ask why should one learn to draw when there are so many programs that can do that for you. I may be bias in the mater as I took intensive classes in order to pass […]

About Innovation, Awareness and People

This week at the Building Holland event, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute had its Built Positive Workshop. They introduced their view on the world and their approach. Successful cases both abroad and already taking place in the Netherlands were presented and people from various fields brainstormed together. In short and in their words: “The Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute is […]

Variety, Variation or Just an Illusion?

During my graduation year I was a young enthusiastic and rather timid architect to be. I was not yet sure of my foothold and of how high I was to “raise” my voice. My graduation internship was on new ground: being abroad (cultural and social novelty) and in the largest architectural office environment to that […]

The Hamster Box

Neufert’s magical book for architects has this lovely page about balconies. It exemplifies the various types and their characteristics. Balconies are exterior structures, typically on the outer limits of the facade with the simple purpose of providing outdoor experience to the residents of an apartment. When these balconies are placed inside the limits of a facade (biting […]

“-Re” House no.3: Window Fear (1/2)

The functional style is a strong element in the Dutch residential architecture. A large part of it is indeed practicality. So, from the perspective of the contractor it makes perfect sense to have a limited number of products. It simplifies the task of giving a price estimation, it makes construction faster and eases the life of the building team. […]