Here’s a selection of news items; exceptions to business-as-usual; experiments, events and other extra’s.
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.
Image by Proloog
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!
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.
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.
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.
Work on show: Grotto by Bart Hess. Photo: Elske Nissen
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Great news: REBEL has made the finals of the 2018 World Architecture Festival, category Competition Entries.
Image by 3D Studio Prins
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
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.
Credits: Studio KU+ (Kaita Shinagawa, Elise Laurent and Lucia Moretti) + jewellery artists Sae Honda and Marion Blume.