(How it came)


Studioninedots is a practice for architecture and urban design. We create spaces that spark a sense of wonder. While ranging from residential developments and public buildings to urban concepts, all our projects are linked by the same touch of surprise. We see innovation and disruption as counterparts, so with a playful spirit, we challenge the existing elements and boundaries of architectural convention.

By centralising the desires and roles of the people who will occupy the space, we create sensible places that positively affect daily lives. We recognise the power of (re)activating and transforming complex urban sites: their dynamic contexts often demand unconventional solutions yet inspire new collective ways of living. By distilling the issue, we discover the project’s essence that drives its architecture, and its impact on the social.

We identify opportunities in circularity when facing spatial challenges and, at the same time, we embrace tactility and inspiring spaces as essential human needs. Through an awareness of context, clear interventions and a love for detail and craft, we constantly strive to form places with an intrinsic beauty.

The nine lines that define our practice



…form unconventional realities
…believe spatial quality vitalises interaction
…embrace spontaneity and the experiment
…inspire our work by exploring territories beyond architecture
…challenge tradition by turning things inside out and upside down
…adopt a collaborative approach that challenges and strengthens our work
…identify circularity as an opportunity
…see craftsmanship and simplicity as two sides of the same coin
…think tactility and beauty are essential to everyone

Established in 2011, Studioninedots consists of 25 architects, urban planners and other team members today. The practice is led by founders Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei and Metin van Zijl, and associates Ike Gronheid, Jurjen van der Horst, Stijn de Jongh and Wouter Hermanns.

We inspire our work by exploring territories beyond traditional architectural thinking. Embracing the experiment helps us to make unexpected and unique designs, leading to spaces that encourage a more open interpretation of their use. It’s probably why places that are somewhat ‘unfinished’ seem to fascinate us most. Having this same raw quality, our Amsterdam home base Karper K. is the ideal physical catalyst for this spontaneity – whether we test new materials, host an installation or throw a party. By turning things inside out and upside down, we keep challenging the convention.

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