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post updated 15 May 2021

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The Amazing Whale Jaw – Bus Station in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
Date built: 2003
Hoofddorp Bus Station Building by NIO architecten
picture : Radek Brunecky
Bus Station Hoofddorp
At the beginning of the year 2003 a bus station was built on the forecourt of Hoofddorp’s Spaarne Hospital. This facilities block is located in the middle of a square and is a public area in the form of an island that serves as a junction for the local bus service. The design of this kind of building is generally neutral, but here the aim was to create a strong, individual image that was less austere and generic.

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Betty Blue – Retail Park Roermond, The Netherlands
Date built: 2008
Retail Park Roermond
image : Arjen Schmitz
Retail Park Roermond
The architects office set themselves an architectural task by making something with a modular and therefore efficient building system which is specific and thus unique. Where modular systems usually result in all too predictable shapes, the design studio managed, within the regime of recurring façade elements, to put up a system of façade openings with such variation that a seemingly much bigger variety of windows, shop windows and entrance doors can be made.

Houses, Groenoord-Zuid, Schiedam, The Netherlands
Date built: 2005
Schiedam Houses
photo : Hans Pattist
Schiedam Houses
As opposed to the ruthlessly hard roof edges of the flats, is the irregular ridge created by the optional attic rooms and the incisions of the terraces. As opposed to the clearly countable repetition of the houses in the flats, the three blocks have a façade from which it cannot be read whether there are two or twenty houses behind it.

Touch of Evil – Interarea tunnel in Pijnacker, The Netherlands
Date built: 2004
Touch of Evil
picture : Hans Pattist
Pijnacker tunnel intervention
On the walls and ceilings of the Pijnacker tunnel a strange imprint is visible. A big, whimsical and brightly coloured imprint. Compared to the furthermore generic tunnel the thing seems to have loomed up out of nothing. The thing is all the more strange because the rest – the other concrete walls, the asphalt, the paving stones, the fencing, the illumination lines that are at right angles with the road and the bicycle lane/footpath – looks quite normal.

Tussen de Vaarten apartments, Almere-Stad
Date built: 2004
Tussen de Vaarten Apartments Almere
photo : Hans Pattist
Almere apartments
That the apartments all have their own front door on ground level is not the only special feature. What strikes are the 119 collective mini-private-gardens to which every inhabitant has given his highly personal interpretation.

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Location: Schiedamse Vest 95a, 3012 BG Rotterdam, The Netherlands, western Europe

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Contemporary Architecture in Rotterdam – architectural selection below:

SAWA, Lloydquarter
Design: Mei architects and planners
SAWA wooden building Lloydquarter Rotterdam
image © WAX
SAWA wooden building Lloydquarter

World’s largest Floating Office Building, Rijnhaven harbor
Architecture: Powerhouse Company
World’s largest floating office Rotterdam
photo : Sebastian van Damme
World’s largest Floating Office Building

The Bellhop Hotel, Witte de Withstraat
Architecture: local
The Bellhop Hotel Witte de Withstraat Rotterdam
photo : Joey Van Dongen
The Bellhop Hotel

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