Here’s a selection of news items; exceptions to business-as-usual; experiments, events and other extras.

#Villa Fifty-Fifty ánd Westbeat nominated for BNA Award

June 2021

Both Westbeat ánd Villa Fifty-Fifty have been nominated for the BNA Best Building of the Year Award! This prestigious prize goes to the building with the most added value for both man and society.

Westbeat is a multipurpose complex that functions as a hub for young, global citizens and combines entrepreneurship with affordable housing and a shared superspace at its heart. It is nominated in the category ‘liveability and social cohesion’.

Villa Fifty-Fifty is a family home, a pavilion where volumes alternate between open and closed, and where life happens just as much outdoors as indoors. It is nominated in the category ‘private living experience’.

You can decide who your favorite is and vote for the public award right here.

Photos: Frans Parthesius

#Westbeat won the Gouden AAP public award ánd jury award

May 2021

On Friday 28 May, Westbeat won both the Gouden AAP public award ánd jury award for best building in Amsterdam by Arcam. Something that only happened once before in the history of the prize.

By choosing Westbeat, the jury stated they would like to send a signal to the municipality: look at what is possible when you give architects and clients some space.

The jury said:
“With its future-proof and inclusive programme of living, working, catering and culture, Westbeat is a welcome addition to Amsterdam Nieuw-West. An exemplary project that demonstrates what is possible when the municipality provides the financial and programmatic scope to realize something beautiful. The client has gone above and beyond with regards to this mix of functions, this in turn ensures that a wonderful asset to the neighborhood has been realized.”

The public jury said:
“Westbeat forms a literal and figurative bridge between two boroughs. It is looking for connections between residents, visitors, employees and entrepreneurs. Once Westbeat’s public programme can be opened to visitors, the jury is confident that it will become a new bustling spot in Amsterdam.”

We are very honored and would like to thank all our partners without whom this would not have been possible: Lingotto – Syntrus Achmea Dutch Residential Fund – Heddes Bouw en Ontwikkeling BV – Royal HaskoningDHV – Cauberg-Huygen – Huygen installatie advies – Skaal – Atelier Bouwkunde – Moss Amsterdam- Donkergroen

For the fourteenth edition, the professional jury consisted of Merel Pit (editor in chief of De Architect), Milad Pallesh (architect and founder Studio Pallesh) and Songül Mutluer (city council member for Wonen en Bouwen Zaanstad).
The public jury was represented by Nina Goedegebure (actress and artist), Atakan Tas (architecture student) and Gust de Wit (nurse).

The Gouden AAP has been awarded annually by Arcam since 2008. It is an award for architect ánd client.

Both jury reports can be found here.


More information about this project

Photo: Frans Parthesius

#Selected for Tergooi

February 2021
How and where will I live when I grow old, when I need assistance or care?”
The answer to this question will unlikely involve relocating directly from your own home to a care institution.
For the redevelopment of the Tergooi Blaricum hospital site, team Karres en Brands | Studioninedots conceives a living domain between these two extremes. Our vision integrates the program into the landscape and into the village of Blaricum and approaches the new functions with a human scale. After participating in two competition rounds, we were selected by Projectvennootschap Blaricum for the integrated development of the site.

In the near future, INSPIRE Real Estate, Rosewood Group, Karres en Brands and Studioninedots will invite locals and stakeholders to contribute to fine-tuning the vision on this new living-care landscape in Blaricum.

Location: Tergooi Blaricum, with the A1 highway located underneath


December 2020
“For Westbeat to become a social destination,
the architecture needs to make a mark; such a vast arched public space creates
a seamless continuity between living, working and enjoyment – a WanderVoid

More information about this project

Photo: Frans Parthesius

#Jeruzalem Arie Keppler Award

November 2020

Proud winner of the Arie Keppler Award!

With a great team, we designed the regeneration of the heritage-listed neighbourhood Jeruzalem in Amsterdam, from the early participation and the urban plan to the thoughtful architectural design down to the finest details.
The jury rewarded the social impact of underlining the historic qualities of the (green) structure, the respectfully renovated housing and the optimistic new buildings. Our long-term commitment has resulted in full dedication to the area and touches all facets of our profession as an architect.
Blok N was mentioned as key project for its focus on high-quality social housing, adding a layer of beauty and linking the area to its surroundings.

Team: Rochdale, Studioninedots, Karres en Brands, Heren5 architecten, Hooyschuur architecten, De Nijs & Zn.

Thanks to Mooi Noord-Holland and to all jury members!

More information about this project

#WanderVoid XL: Westbeat

October 2020

Here’s how Westbeat’s public ground floor space draws you in.

The sculptural concrete arches in this Superspace (65x50x8 mtrs) shape a network of continuous open public spaces that can be flexibly used and allow the building to function as an irresistible WanderVoid.


More information about this project

Film by Onur Can Tepe


September 2020

Studioninedots, Lesley Moore and Kirsten Hannema proudly present ‘WanderVoids’, a plea for public spaces without a predefined function in our overcrowded cities.
We asked ourselves: What if we make buildings that people can’t stay away from: irresistible spaces? Places that make an unforgettable impression, irresistible due to their spaciousness and experience. Spaces you want to play in, irresistible due to their possibilities for use and improvisation. Spaces that draw you in, irresistible due to their accessibility.

A first series of written and visualized thoughts on WanderVoids join in a poster. The poster is printed in a limited edition. Curious? Send us an e-mail,, with your name, address and a short note on how you relate to ‘WanderVoids’.

Poster image: Lesley Moore


June 2020

We designed ROOTS for outdoor living in the city.
Featuring outdoor rooms and stacked gardens, this small-scale apartment complex in Buiksloterham is designed from the outside in.


More information about this project


April 2020

Industrial heritage meets creative entrepreneurs, hospitality and a smart logistic solution.

Bovenbouwwerkplaats becomes the thriving hub of Utrecht’s new Wisselspoor neighbourhood. Located beyond the work units at the core of the building is the car park, concealed out of sight. Its textured form protruding above the pitched roofs, the car park appears as a contemporary, abstract volume that complements the industrial character of the workshop.

More information about this project

Image: Proloog

Studioninedots Highnote Almere

#Highnote: urban rooms

March 2020

For the design of this striking residential complex in Almere, we focused on the concept of ‘urban rooms’.
Here, t
he ground floor comprises a series of interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces facilitating a diverse, flexible and dynamic use of space that fulfils current and future needs. They’re collective places to perhaps work, study, relax; places that invite people to use them in their own ways.

More information about this project

Image: Studioninedots

#EKP creative urban district

December 2019

True hero of the EKP-site transformation is the AKV|St.Joost Art Academy that will be permanently housed at the core of this future vibrant and creative urban district.
The integral plan of Team SDK Vastgoed | Studioninedots | DELVA was selected to develop the former postal centre site located in the railway/station zone of ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL.

More information about this project

Image: impression of the academy building, by Studioninedots

#Cityzen Brussels

November 2019

We are among the five finalists, from 54 entries worldwide, in the competition to transform the iconic Centre Monnaie in the heart of Brussels into a new mixed-use project, combining offices, housing and a hotel. The finalists include 3XN Architects, BINST ARCHITECTS & Snøhetta, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen & l’AUC and schmidt/hammer/lassen/architects. The CITYZEN competition is organised by Whitewood & Immobel.

Studioninedots West Beat Amsterdam interior


June 2019
Surrounded by arches!
The concrete arches of Westbeat shape the cathedral-like proportions of the continuous open public ground floor.
The ‘Super Space’ of this lively destination and pioneering project is the visual and spatial translation of Westbeat’s ambitious social programme.

Find more Westbeat info and images here.

Image by Absent Matter, 2019

#Black Swan

January 2019

We proudly present: Black Swan.
With this iconic gesture we introduce spatial and social interaction in the permanently active work area Overamstel, Amsterdam. By doing so, we get its gradual transition going into a mixed-use district, characterised by both urban density and human scale.

Find more Black Swan info and images here.

Image by Proloog

#Battle of the Ground Floor

January 2019

As part of the Sluisbuurt-development in Amsterdam, we studied on Cluster X. Our research – The Battle of the Ground Floor – centred on designing for city living. With this, we mean creating liveliness and attractiveness, cultivating good relationships between users and residents in a neighbourhood, and encouraging engagement and ownership but balanced with the right amount of privacy.
We concluded: Facilitate a creative, collective, diverse and mixed programma at the intersection between the public and private realms. Claim the ground floor!

Find out how we spatially translated these conclusions for Cluster X here.

The model and the presentation were part of the exhibition Sluisbuurt Studies, on show at the Amsterdam Center for Architecture from Sept. 7, 2018 until Jan. 6, 2019.



November 2018

Here you go: this bird’s eye view of Pompenburg shows its future after the transformation of this complex urban site.
By interweaving the (new-)built environment with the built and social fabric of Rotterdam, our team created an inner city landscape with welcoming, characteristic spaces that function as catalysts for meeting, exchange and connection.

Find out all about Pompenburg here.

#Robot Love

October 2018

The Campina site Eindhoven is home to Robot Love. This exhibition at the intersection of design and technology functions exactly as the urban activator that we had envisioned in the transformation plans. The former factory instantly became a place for meeting and exchange, socially and professionally, already contributing to the new identity of the Campina site.
On top of that, we’re looking forward to the Dutch Design Week when the Campina site is host to this year’s Graduation Show of the Design Academy Eindhoven.

Here‘s a preview of the Campina factory’s future in VR
Find out all about Robot Love here
Find out all about Dutch Design Week here

Work on show: Grotto by Bart Hess. Photo: Elske Nissen

#Eye of the Hurricane

September 2018

Until 2019 a bright yellow container marks the corner of Smakkelaarsveld next to Utrecht Central Station. Passersby are tempted to catch a glimpse of the model inside that shows the urban park-future of this chaotic site. Just like the Smakkelaars Park Team engaged neighbours of the site, the municipality, residents, interested parties and critical thinkers from Utrecht in the development plans, we keep them posted while building.
By clicking on the image you can peek through the Eye of the Hurricane too.

Find out all about Smakkelaars Park here.

For the development of Smakkelaars Park Lingotto, Arup, Studioninedots, ZUS and VKZ joined forces to design a hybrid, urban landscape that merges the architecture with green spaces; an oasis of calm in the midst of Utrecht’s hectic public transport hub.

#Infinity Bar

August 2018

For a new Hamerkwartier hotspot we are requested to design a bar. Various models show how we craft furniture elements that enhance interaction. So far, our favorite one is the bar you can of course order at or work behind but also stand on, spin your records behind, climb over, dance underneath; the one that is going around and around and around…

#In Full Swing

July 2018

This artwork on the north façade of Building BE completes the transformation of both Lucent buildings in Hilversum by Studioninedots.
In Full Swing is a combination of an eight-meter-high, steel swing with an impossible shadow that gives the usually unambiguous north facade of Building BE a play of light, movement, scale and illusion. The girl on the swing represents new energy and cheerfulness – a symbolic reference to the Lucent buildings that has been given a new lease of life.

Click here to see how we transformed Lucent BF: De Alliantie HQ

In Full Swing is an art project by Studioninedots. Location: Lucent site, Hilversum NL, 2018. Building BE was a 1970's office building that we converted into apartments. Film and photography by Peter Cuypers.

#Unfinished Hamerkwartier

June 2018

Places that are somewhat ‘unfinished’ seem to fascinate us most. That’s why we created our shared workspace in a former factory building in the industrial Hamerkwartier in Amsterdam’s north.
In response to plans for the future of ‘our’ Hamerkwartier, as part of the festival WeMakeThe.City and together with De Transformatiecirkel we organized a workshop with Hamerkwartier-entrepreneurs. The goal: to come up with a shared statement on business models facilitating resilience, mixed-use and compactness while leaving room for creativity, experimentation and chance.

Find a report of the workshop here.
Find the future plans for Hamerkwartier here.

#This Rebel Is A Finalist

May 2018

Great news: REBEL has made the finals of the 2018 World Architecture Festival, category Competition Entries.

Find out all about REBEL here.

Image by 3D Studio Prins

#High Rise Straight From The Factory

April 2018

Amsterdam desperately needs more affordable housing for students and young starters.
And fast too!
One slight problem: land is scarce.
In response to these issues, we partnered with Ursem Modular Building Systems to develop prefabricated self-supporting housing units with a completely finished interior and facade. These units are transported to the site and stacked right off the truck. With 16 floors, it’s the highest modular building in The Netherlands.
More advantages: controlled production so little waste; only 4 months of production time; 361 students and starters happy with their studio, shared laundry cafe and collective roof terrace.

Click on the play button to view four months of stacking in twenty seconds only.

Photo by Laura Miezite, film by YOURMEDIA

#Arts & Crafts

December 2017

Sometimes you need to team up beyond the expected – although it is quite obvious that it takes jewellery artists to create a true gem. Studio KU+ sought their expertise to build the REBEL model for Studioninedots. With amazing precision and concentration, the team worked tirelessly to transform this mind-blowing model into a jewel.

Facts: 5 makers worked 470 hours during 2 months of production. The model is composed of 9 different materials, 2,112 brass sticks were cut, 668 points were soldered and 167 brass cubes were produced in 24 different types.

Find out all about REBEL here.

Credits: Studio KU+ (Kaita Shinagawa, Elise Laurent and Lucia Moretti) + jewellery artists Sae Honda and Marion Blume.

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