for rotterdam’s timmerhuis, a new building for the city hall that accommodates municipal services, offices, and residential units, the architects conceived a modular building with repeated units gradually set back from the street as they rise into two irregular peaks. the building’s composition of smaller cells creates an impressive, complex form and allows for subtlety and adaptability as the new building meets the stadstimmerhuis (a municipal building, from 1953), which surrounds it on two sides.

gps: 51.92267, 4.48164 / code: nierot0001

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location: rotterdam

architect: oma

completed: 2015

photo: 17/06/04




patio island

four rows of patio houses make up patio island, with the middle house of each row linked to the street by narrow passages, allowing for the potential hanging paintings or storing of garden tools and bicycles.  each house has a separate rooftop unit positioned to prevent visual intrusion to and from the neighbours.  the roofs can be reached from the patio via swimming-pool type ladders and used as terraces, presenting themselves as a possible meeting place for neighbours.

gps: 52.03799, 4.36945 / code: nieden0056

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location: den haag

architect: mvrdv

completed: 2005

photo: 17/06/03


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student dwellings

the accommodation that te kiefte architecten has designed is constructed from shipping containers. but in fact the rooms, while stacked up from prefabricated metal boxes of much the size and shape of shipping containers, were purpose made, allowing them to incorporate reasonable quantities of insulation and for the fittings, including the en suite bathrooms, to be carefully planned, rather than retrofitted. at 7.15m long, and 3.3m wide, they provide a liveable but not over-generous space.

gps: 52.06704, 4.32103 / code: nieden0062

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location: den haag

architect: te kiefte architecten

completed: 2010

photo: 17/06/03


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the large housing block piraeus, recognizable from afar due to its sloping roof, measures 170 by 57 meters. it comprises 330 apartments, commercial spaces, an underground parking garage and two enclosed public spaces. it is wrapped around a 19th century office building, which now contains appartments. the south side of piraeus is 4 stories high, the north 8. the block counts 150 different types of apartments, 95 % of which are social housing. all façades are different in rhythm, details and openings.

gps: 52.3764, 4.9406 / code: nieams0170

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location: amsterdam

architect: hans kollhoff

completed: 1994

photo: 17/06/02




in the western part of the amsterdam harbour an extensive urban operation has transformed a former dam and silo building. a mixed program of housing, offices, work spaces, commercial spaces and public spaces are arranged in a 20 meter deep and ten-story-high urban envelope. the apartments differ vastly in size, price and organization, which appeals to a changing demography and the desire for individuality.

gps: 52.39233016967773 4.89061117172241 / code: nieams0012

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location: amsterdam

architect: mvrdv

completed: 2003

photo: 17/06/02


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ij tower

the seventy meters high apartment tower is located on the dam towards the knsm island, in the former docklands of amsterdam. the tower has a regular facade composition with a diagonal window pattern. indentations at several places lend the building a strong sculpturally and generate a rich variety of dwelling types. the tower has been sculpted differently at each side, to maximize the dynamic effect as a pivoting object in the dockland area. the plinth of the tower consists of a fitness club, commercial retail spaces and a parking garage.

gps: 52.37386, 4.93874 / code: nieams0175

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location: amsterdam

architect: neutelings & riedijk

completed: 1998

photo: 17/06/02



notre-dame-du-haut de ronchamp

the chapel notre-dame-du-haut which is located on a hill close to the french village of ronchamp was constructed in order to replace an ancient church which was destroyed during the war.the church is regarded as  one of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century representing a design concept which deffers from le corbusier´s funcionalistic  earlier projects.

gps: 47.704499, 6.620470 / code: fraron0001

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location: ronchamp

architect: le corbusier

completed: 1955

photo: 16/10/02


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