Leiden Bioscience Park

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Our office was asked bij the Leiden University to see how the identity and spatial quality of the Leiden Bioscience Park (LBSP) could be improved to better reflect the ambitions of its companies and institutions. The current park lacks legibility and intimate spaces. The question was to strengthen the existing master plan through small strategic spatial interventions.
A series of proposals were presented in a series of interviews with leading researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers active at the LBSP. The design proposals were subsequently fine-tuned based on a precise understanding of the inner working of the users of the bioscience park.
The final proposal were designed to facilitate public private partnerships and improve collaboration between companies, which is currently lacking. Realization of the project was planned to coincide with Leiden’s bid for the European City of Science.

TITLE: Leiden BioSciencePark
PROGRAM: Spatial Strategy LOCATION: Leiden, The Netherlands
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: Ongoing

In collaboration with: BiosciencePark Leiden, Vastgoed Bedrijf Universiteit Leiden,

Leiden Bioscience Park

Strategic Spatial Design


Circular Concrete Pavilion

In collaboration with : Van Hattum en Blankevoort

The Circular Concrete Pavilion is an experimental construction project that seeks to better understand and communicate strategies to make the concrete industry more sustainable. The project explores the tectonic implications of new recycling techniques, modularity, and co2 reducing binders. The project was conceived in collaboration with van Hattum Blankevoort one the Netherlands largest infrastructure contractors. The project is planned in the Green Village at the Delft University of Technology and is will then travel, thereby revealing the prospects of modular infrastructure.

TITLE: Circular Concrete Pavilion
PROGRAM: Research
LOCATION: Traveling structure / Green Village Delft
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: Ongoing

Circular Concrete Pavilion

Experimental construction with modular low emission concrete


Bellevue – Batiment communal

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The design of the municipal building and the Port Gitana hotel plays on the tension between the specific context of Lake Geneva and the universal force of globalization and standardization. This is reflected in the distinction between the ground floor and the upper floors.

The public base of the building is characterized by expressive natural stones in solid granite which are extracted in rough blocks from local quarries. The oversized stones refer to the rocks that can be found in Lake Geneva and form a specific understanding of time and scale. By manufacturing the blocks in different ways (breakage, sawing, polishing), the elements inside and outside provide different impressions and atmospheres.

The upper floors are conceptually understood as the universal part of the program with clients of international hotels, meeting rooms and sustainability measures. This part of the building is executed with precast concrete elements in a generic grid structure. The architectural tension between the base and the upper layer thus symbolizes the position of our contemporary culture which always consists of place-specific and universal influences.

TITLE: Communal building and Hotel
LOCATION: Bellvue - CH
YEAR: 2020
STATUS: Competition entry
Collaboration: Werf en Nass engineers

Communal building and hotel

Bellevue CH


St Lambertuslaan garden pavilion

An assignment to build a carport was re-envisioned as an opportunity to improve the garden of a 18th century villa. The massing seeks to be invisible from the street which is protected under stringent Dutch heritage laws, while seeking to maximize impact in the garden, which was only begin used partially.

The pergola is built around various existing trees creating an interplay between the rigid metal frame and the bent tree trunks. The construction is set into various extruded planes made from rough fired bricks thereby creating a strong contrast between the slender steel tectonic and the heavy brick foundations.

TITLE: Garden house
CLIENT: Private
YEAR: 2018
STATUS: Under construction

In collaboration with: Vormm, Castermans engineers

Garden house



Client : Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie Textile Design : Aliki van der Kruijs

The Creatieve Industries Fund NL is one of the most important institutions in the Netherlands for the arts and creative industries. Through the fund many aspiring designers from different fields are able to launch their first ideas. As such it is a crucial link in a societal ecosystem that allows new ideas to emerge.
Our design for the Creative Fund Office consists of three layers that provide space to the institutions' three central activities. First there is the entrance hall which is designed as a representative foyer. Here, guests are received, projects are displayed and the chance of coincidental disciplinary interactions are facilitated. A large moving curtain indicaties different types of occasions from more the public to more work oriented.
The second layer is focussed around group work, meetings and presentations in reconfigurable rooms with folding walls.
The last layer consists of spaces for individual concentration. Where staff members can retreat and carefully evaluate the many proposals they have to proces.
The design furthermore emphasizes the characteristic concrete brise-soleil facade of the monumental Groothandels gebouw through opening the adjacent space and moving the program inward. The design will be executed in winter of 2019.

TITLE: Office - Creative Industries Fund NL
PROGRAM: Office Transformation
LOCATION: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
CLIENT: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: Competition Winner - Completed

Office Creative Fund NL

Office Transformation

Transformation townhouse

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TITLE: Private townhouse renovation
YEAR: 2019


Transformation townhouse



Formations is an ongoing design research into a type of sandstone, called mergel, that is found in the South of the Netherlands. For centuries is was used for masonry construction until it became a raw material for cement production. Today only one artisinal quarry remains open and is used predominantly for restaurantion works. Mergel is rarely, if ever, used in a more reflective contemporary manner. In collaboration with Fer Rouwet, the oldest active miner of mergel we’ve been seeking to reappraise mergel as a construction material in its own right,.

The proposal envisions a network of above ground pavilions that demarcates the underground territory of the geological formation where mergel is excavated: the Maastrichtiën . The design seeks to emphasise the spatial qualities of the underground mines and specific material qualities of mergel.

TITLE: Formations
PROGRAM: Research
LOCATION: Zuid-Limburg, The Netherlands
CLIENT: Stimuleringsfonds
STATS: Ongoing

In collaboration with: Stimuleringsfonds, Mergel Rouwet b.v.


Material Design Research



Hoffmannii is a multi-functional building that combines a restaurant, exhibition space, and offices. The building is positioned at the intersection of an abandoned industrial site and a natural reserve.
The building is a combination of a classical floor plan and a modern industrial section, which aims at providing organisational clarity, flexibility in use, and optimized daylight entry. The mono-pitch structure is completely built and cladded in wood. The overal form, which is typically associated with industry, here creates a tension between the past and the future of its surroundings: an industrial site and a nature reserve.

TITLE: Hoffmannii
PROGRAM: Restaurant, Exposition hall, (co-)Workspace
LOCATION: Maastricht, The Netherlands
CLIENT: Stichting Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij ENCi gebied
YEAR: 2015 - ongoing
STATUS: Pending approval
SIZE: 1.000 sqm

In collaboration with: Werf & Nass, Bremen Bouwadviseurs, Huiswerk Architecten

Verzamelgebouw Hoffmanni

Public Building