Tailor fit Response

18 January 2017 – Ever more people like city living. There is ample space available, yet many people do not find a proper place. Especially older people, starters on the housing market, entrepreneurs and urban families find this difficult. The >>>

Building Studies

16 December 2016 – German architecture schools still offer courses in Building Studies. At the university of Kaiserslautern the students Sandra Brand and Eric Schindler studied the housing at Oranjeboomstraat. They wrote me that the type of the House with >>>

On Site

30 November 2016 – The ground breaking ceromony of the dwellings at Churchillpark in Leiden was guided by Paul Laudy, Counselor of the City of Leiden and Heleen Aarts, director of urban development of Amvest. It is expected that the >>>

WerkBundStadt Am Spreebord

24 september 2016 – My designs for Berlin feature in the book WerkBundStadt Am Spreebord which presents the location for the new WerkBundStadt, comments on the results of the design procedure, and presents in detail the designs by the 33 >>>

City Heart Dwelling

7 September 2016 – Because city living becomes ever more popular in Groningen, the City Council is organizing the event City Heart Dwelling. Together with 10 colleague architects and urbanists I will investigate the possibilities to supply more dwellings within >>>

Muzio’s Sant’Angelo

10 August 2016 – The website of the magazine De Architect opens with a picture that I took of one of the most beautiful buildings I know, the Sant’Angelo monastery in Milan. This was completed in 1939 to the design >>>

Starter Homes in AR

3 August 2016 – Ten years after completion of the so-called Starter Homes in Pleinen, Hoofddorp the project is topical again. This month, the magazine Architectural Review presented the dwellings for first-time buyers as an exemplary housing estate in their >>>

Corner Block Berlin

11 July 2016 – I am going to build in Berlin. Together with 30 other architects I was invited by the Berliner Werkbund to contribute to a new model housing estate. After the famous example of the 1927 Weißenhofsiedlung a >>>

Sir Winston in Leiden

7 July 2016 – The first design of Hans van der Heijden Architect will start on site shortly. Amvest has reached an agreement with Bouwbedrijf Niersman from Voorschoten about the construction of 99 dwellings in Churchillpark, Leiden. The working drawings >>>

Drie Hoefijzers

6 July 2016 – I am invited by AM to work on the Drie Hoefijzers, the new district behind the railway station of Breda. Next week AM will organize a workshop in which the architects will present their first designs >>>

City Dialogue

20 June 2016 – Once a year the so-called City Dialogue takes place in Bremen, Germany. Representatives of social housing trusts, real estate managements, city administration, education and the development and design world come together to discuss topical themes. This >>>

Flemish Craft

25 May 2016 – After twenty years, a new monograph on the work of my Flemish colleagues De Smet Vermeulen Architects is now available. Critical texts from independent authors and a detailed discussion of seven projects, by way of texts, >>>


3 May 2016 – Some weeks ago, together with my colleague-architect Hugh Strange, I re-visited the housing project at Oranjeboomstraat in South Rotterdam. As a practitioner he looked at various details such as the way the chamfered street corner has >>>

Shadow Canon

12 April 2016 – The Yearbook Architecture in the Netherlands 2015-2016, which I am an editor of, is finished. This year again I have studied hundreds of designs and visited some 70 of them together with my colleagues Kirsten Hannema, Tom >>>

Rehearsal in Berlin

23 March 2016 – The tasks for design of the model housing estate at the river Spree have been divided. The 34 participating architects drew names from a jar held by Claudia Kromrei, chair of the Berlin Werkbund. Each architect >>>

Building upon Building

1 March 2016 – Work of my office is presented in the book Building upon Building. The book was published earlier as a special issue of the magazine Forum. Antje Engels and Marius Grootveld invited a range of European architects >>>

160 Meter Realismus

1 February 2016 – The social houses at Oranjeboomstraat have drawn attention in Switzerland. The magazine Werk Bauen + Wohnen published an article by the architect Lukas Imhof under the title ‘160 Meter Realismus’. He characterizes the stacked maisonettes as >>>


21 January 2016 – By coincidence I was present at a special [and perhaps even historic] event in the autumn of last year. There was a party at the Kleiburgflat in Amsterdam Bijlmermeer. On the occasion of the founding of >>>

Exacting Material

28 December 2015 – The book ‘Brick, an Exacting Material’ edited by Jan Peter Wingender is out. As visiting professor at the Amsterdam School of Architecture Jan Peter invited me to join his Research Group Material & Design. Jan Peter >>>

Houses with Two Souls

21 December 2015 – Last Wednesday the Rotterdam Architecture Price 2015 was awarded. My ‘houses with two doors’ at Oranjeboomstraat were nominated for the price which this year was focussed on the theme of housing. As an important public building >>>

Group Interview

13 October 2015 – Chief editor of the magazine De Architect Harm Tilman went on a field trip together with my friends Floris Cornelisse, Job Floris and Jan Peter Wingender and myself to visit and discuss projects designed by us. >>>

Second Pile

8 October 2015 – Alderman Joris Wijsmuller led the ground breaking ceremony of the second phase of my Kloosterbuuren project by drilling the ‘first pile’ of the project for the second time. It turned out to be an informative, sunny >>>

Replacement? Improvement!

3 August 2015 – The renovation of the Splayed Apartment Blocks in Ommoord feature in a special edition of The Architect’s Journal: Exemplary Housing Estate Regeneration in Europe. The publication contains an interesting essay by Ellis Woodman with the title >>>

Catch and Steer Night

  16 July 2015 – On 7 August I will be flying with Jan van Grunsven and Wouter Veldhuis to London to chair a panel discussion on urban design as a two-fold activity: catching multiple desires and investment flows and >>>

Social Mansions

25 June 2015 – In the newspaper De Volkskrant of today Kirsten Hannema gives four stars to the ‘social mansions’ at Oranjeboomstraat. She wrote a double article on the first realised project of my new studio in Amsterdam and on >>>

Renovatie van grote getallen

21 mei 2015 – Vorige jaar rond deze tijd keken collega-architect Reimar von Meding en ik elkaar aan bij een docentenlunch op de Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst. Waarover zou het moeten gaan bij de opleiding van jonge architecten? Voor ons >>>

Common Leiden

6 May 2015 – I have just presented the preliminary design of the housing at Churchillpark in Leiden to the Design Review Committee. The project will consist of 99 dwellings with a mix of rental apartments and houses for sale. >>>


5 May 2015 – Wouter Veldhuis of MUST presented our first redevelopment plans for a city block between Ringdijk and Simon Stevinstraat in the Amsterdam Watergraafsmeer district. With a large group of stakeholders we have discussed the preferred development option >>>


2 April 2015 – The Kloosterbuuren estate around the Bossche School church in the Hague proceeds well. The first dwellings of phase 1 are due for hand over shortly. The construction permit of phase 2 has been received by ERA >>>

Yearbook in debate

25 February 2015 – My Architecture Yearbook-collegue Tom Avermaete has organised a debate on the significance of such a book. Participants are the editors of the Flemish and the Dutch yearbook and journalist such as Bernard Hulsman [NRC] and Marina >>>