Dutch architecture firms and architects have played an important role in the international scene on architecture during the latest centuries. From the 17th century, when the Dutch empire was at the height of its power, through the years during development of modernism and de Stijl, till today when dutch architecture firms are at the forefront of contemporary architecture. They are now contributing to cityscapes in the Netherlands and all over the world. Here, we list our favorite Dutch architecture firms we would love to visit as soon as possible.
Benthem Crouwel was founded in 1979 by Jan Benthem and Mels Crouwel. Together with partners Joost Vos and Marten Wassmann, they direct offices in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf. For more than three decades Benthem Crouwel has been creating innovative, flexible and efficient designs that must meet high standards and complex user requirements. Their field of work extends from (public) buildings to infrastructural projects and urban master plans. Whether they are renovating or modernizing a building or designing a completely new structure, they always seek clear, unique and efficient solutions.
Generaal Vetterstraat 61, 1059 BT Amsterdam
Cepezed is an award-winning spatial design specialist founded in 1973, based in Delft and led by Jan Pesman, Ronald Schleurholts and Paddy Sieuwerts. Assignments address the challenges of town-planning, industry, architecture and interior design. At cepezed, projects are designed as monuments of function for people, not monuments of thanks to an architect. Cepezed uses an integral design method with multiple material use in which various aspects such as spatial design, construction and installation techniques are forged into an indivisible whole.
Architectenbureau Cepezed, Ezelsveldlaan 61 2611 RV Delft
Concrete is a design firm based in Amsterdam. As they say, Concrete thrives by redefining what’s come before. They have developed new categories in hotels and restaurants, retail, even pharmacies. They believe that change happens in unexpected moments. It also appears when cultures and concepts collide, which is why they love to work internationally. Their philosophy is no philosophy. They are used to reinvent them-selves, adapting according to every project’s needs.
OudezijdsAchterburgwal 78a 1012 DR Amsterdam
Hans van Heeswijk Architects
Hans van Heeswijk Architects is an allround architects practice that was founded in 1985 in Amsterdam. The practice has realised a wide range of buildings and projects, from museums to office buildings, form interior projects to product design. Hans van Heeswijk Architects keyword is “clarity” and they say “above all, architecture should be light”.
Ertskade 111 1019 BB Amsterdam
Based in Amsterdam, HofmanDujardin was founded in 1999 by Michiel Hofman and Barbara Dujardin. Since then, they have completed a wide range of architectural, interior and product design projects. Since the foundation of the office they worked on a large variety of projects gaining experience in the realization of architectural projects, renovations, interior design projects and product designs and their projects and ideas have been granted several international design awards.
HofmanDujardin Verrijn Stuartweg 34 1112 AX Diemen
Founded in Amsterdam by Jaspar Jansen and Jeroen Dellensen, i29 is probably one of the most awarded Dutch architecture firms in the latest years. They won World Interiors News Award 2018, Best Interior Practice of the year, German Design Award 2018, Design Week Award, WIN Awards 2016 Interior practice of the year, Blueprint Finest Interior Award 2016, Core77 Design Awards 2016, Global excellence awards 2016 just to name a few.
They believe in simplicity and contrast. Simplicity to them means being selective and to push each choice to the limit. Contrast provides energy. Bringing opposites together unifies diversity. They don’t make interiors to impress people, but interiors that leave an impression on people.
Industrieweg 29 1115 AD Ouder-Amstel
KAAN Architecten is a Rotterdam and São Paulo based architectural firm operating in a global context and merging practical and academic expertise within the fields of architecture, urbanism and research on the built environment. The studio is led by Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio. KAAN Architecten’s projects transcend the traditional notion of scale and typology, ranging from furniture and interiors to urban development and from retail and offices to museums and buildings for health and education. KAAN Architecten has moved to a new office, marking a page-turn for the expanding architectural practice.
Boompjes 255 3011 XZ Rotterdam
Founded in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, MVRDV is on of the most famous Dutch architecture firm. Based in Rotterdam, MVRDV have a global scope, providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues in all regions of the world. Their highly collaborative, research-based design method involves clients, stakeholders, and experts from a wide range of fields from early on in the creative process. The results are exemplary, outspoken projects that enable “their” cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.
Achterklooster 7 3011 RA Rotterdam NL
Mecanoo architecten, officially founded in Delft in 1984, is made up of a highly multidisciplinary staff of creative professionals from 25 countries. They are amongst the most well know Dutch architecture firms in the World. The team includes architects, engineers, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects and architectural technicians. Mecanoo is led by creative director/founding partner, Francine Houben, design and research director/partner Dick van Gameren, technical director Friso van der Steen, and financial director Peter Haasbroek.
Oude Delft 203, 2611 HD Delft, The Netherlands
MVSA is a renowned international architecture and design firm with offices in the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland founded in 1984 by Roberto Meyer and Jeroen Van Schooten (he left the studio). MVSA Architects mission is to create architectural solutions that enhance wellbeing. They plan, build and design seamless environments that add functional and emotional value for those who use them, enrich their surroundings, promote sustainability and help companies to succeed. MVSA creates innovative and exciting architecture, future-proof and sustainable, within schedule and budget.
Pilotenstraat 35 1059 CH Amsterdam
MKA Marc Koehler Architects
Marc Koehler Architects (MKA) is an international design agency founded in 2005 by Dutch architect Marc Koehler. Based in Amsterdam, the practice comprises a multidisciplinary team of architects, designers and engineers. Marc Koehler Architects are in the business of bringing people together. They build for the new ways that people want to live. MKA designs spatial concepts, solutions, and tools that enable people to co-create their living, working, learning or leisure environment, inspiring a more sustainable and creative world.
Keizersgracht 126 1015 CW Amsterdam
Mei architects and planners
Set up in 2003 by architect Robert Winkel and based in Rotterdam, Mei architects and planners is an internationally operating Dutch architectural firm with extensive expertise in the area of redevelopment, transformation, urban planning and inner-city development projects. The work of Mei architects and planners has been widely published and awarded. Mei architects and planners is an enterprising, knowledge-intensive office that focuses on development and innovation in architecture.
Schiehavenkade 150 3024 EZ Rotterdam
Orange Architects was established in 2010 in Rotterdam and is led by Patrick Meijers and Jeroen Schipper. Orange Architects is a multidisciplinary design firm, working internationally in the fields of architecture, interior design and urban planning. The goal is to guide clients on a successful path towards inspiring, powerful and rich environments in every design-scale. From urban (re)development to product design; from collective housing to luxurious villa; from office planning to private interior.
Kipstraat 52 3011RT Rotterdam
Based in Rotterdam and led by by nine partners (Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long, and Managing Partner-Architect David Gianotten – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Doha, Dubai and Perth). OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture is certainly amongst the most famous Dutch architecture firms. As they say, they are operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism. AMO, a think tank within OMA, is a research and design studio applies architectural thinking to domains beyond.
Heer Bokelweg 149 3032 AD, Rotterdam
Powerhouse Company designs generous architecture that combines a fascination with the craft of architecture, site-specific influences, and our clients’ ambitions. This results in meticulously detailed buildings with a distinct presence. Powerhouse Company rises to the challenge of crafting the entire scope of a project for the best end result. Over years, they have put this approach into practice internationally, refining it in a wide variety of projects from private houses and high-rises to interiors and train stations.
Westzeedijk 399 3024 EK Rotterdam
UNStudio was founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos. It is an international architectural design network with four full-service international offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Frankfurt. UNStudio is specialized in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects. “As what we design today is normally built in three to five years’ time, we’re used to working with the future in mind. However, the future is changing faster than ever before. Even the most accurate predictions can be made redundant by a sudden advance in technology. To ensure we don’t contribute to a waste of materials and investment that is no longer sustainable or appropriate in today’s world, we develop strategies that not only anticipate the future, but possible changes to that future as well”
Stadhouderskade 113 1073 AX Amsterdam
Based in Amsterdam, Studioninedots established in 2011 by Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut and Metin van Zijl as an architecture and urban design practice whose work extends from housing to urban concepts. The practice excels in projects that transform complex urban sites, interweaving the built environment with the social fabric of a city. Studioninedots is fascinated by the processes of (re)using or activating these sites.
Gedempt Hamerkanaal 111 1021 KP Amsterdam
Team V is one of the youngest Dutch architecture firm. It has been founded in 2013 in Amsterdam. The strength of Team V architecture lies in the precision and character of their response. The architecture of Team V is effective and refined. Robust and functional. Expressive and original. Team V puts the joint result first. They bring their collective expertise with complex projects to the table. In every process they make use of the competencies of others. Together we create the best possible result.
Jacob Bontiusplaats 9 1018 LL Amsterdam
VMX Architects is an internationally operating, prize-winning office founded in 1995 and based in Amsterdam. Their work ranges from the typically dutch bike shed to a vip terminal at schiphol airport, and from social housing to university buildings in Shanghai. VMX social commitment is reflected in frequent lectures, contribution to education, participation on advisory councils and juries, and summer schools.
Wamberg 35, 1083CW Amsterdam
Wiel Arets Architects
Wiel Arets Architects (WAA) is a globally active architecture and design firm based in Amsterdam, whose work extends to education and publishing. Comprised of an international team of architects, designers, thinkers, and administrators, the firm is currently involved in large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. Its architecture and design emerges from research and a balance of hybrid-programming solutions, which adapt to and anticipate future contextual change. The output of WAA is acclaimed for both its craftsmanship and tactility.
De Lairessestraat 41 1071 NS Amsterdam
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