August 26, 2014

Allianz Headquarters awarded the 2014 'Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award'

The Allianz Headquarters, a hybrid office tower in Zürich, Switzerland, was recently awarded the the 2014 'Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award'. Bestowed annually, the award 'pays tribute to new developments in design and underscores the directions and understanding of current cutting-edge processes.' The tower–which totals 72.000 m2–is the new home of German insurance company Allianz. Composed of a closed cavity system, the tower's façade is fritted with an abstracted image of marble from Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion, which lends to it the illusion of stone materiality. The lobby and courtyard are publicly accessible, while the private upper-story interiors combine programmatic spaces more often left disparate within offices, which ensures the tower's continuous animation. Roof terraces, espresso corners, and areas for informal conversation are dispersed throughout the 5- and 20-story towers, both of which are intertwined by a series of 8 m wide bridges and numerous interior voids.

In November the awarded projects will be exhibited at 'The City and the World' symposium in Turkey, as part of the 'Second Istanbul Design Biennial'.

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August 12, 2014

The Hedge House's garden nominated for the '2014 European Garden Award'

The Hedge House, an art gallery on the grounds of a seventeenth century castle in Wijlre, the Netherlands, was in 2012 transformed into a non-profit foundation affiliated with the Bonnefanten Museum, in Maastricht. Completed the 2001, it combines a tool shed, chicken coop, and two orchid houses, all of which interlock with a subterranean gallery. Named for its immersion within the castle's hedges; the Hedge House's garden is a nominee for the '2014 European Garden Award', along with two other gardens, in England and Italy. The winner will be announced on September 5th, by the 'European Gardens Heritage Network'.

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July 31, 2014

The Jellyfish House is published in 'Arquitectura y Diseño'

The July 2014 issue of the Spanish publication Arquitectura y Diseño includes a 16 page spread featuring the the Jellyfish House, located in Marbella, Spain. The house's glass-bottomed pool, which cantilevers 9 m from the roof, also has a glass wall along its interior facing edge, which allows those swimming to see those in the kitchen, and vice versa.

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July 17, 2014

WAA progress construction on the IJhal in Amsterdam

Housed within Amsterdam's Centraal Station–the city's nucleus for its numerous modes of public transportation, including trains, buses, subways, trams, and boats–the IJhal is situated at the rear of the station, below its new exoskeleton-capped bus terminal and along the city's waterfront, the lake IJ, for which the project is named. Set for completion at the end of 2015, the IJhal is one component of a larger initiative to transform Amsterdam's currently entangled transportation systems. Until the end of the nineteenth century the IJ was a bay still connected to the Atlantic Ocean, and the main entry point for those arriving…

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June 30, 2014

WAA complete the programmed tarmac of Campus Hoogvliet

Campus Hoogvliet is located on the edge of Rotterdam; it is the new home of multiple educational institutions that support their students' aspirations. Completed earlier this year, the campus is now fully in use by students, faculty, and administrators. Submersed within an abundance of leafy residential streets–most of which are aligned with housing constructed in the 1950s–the campus has reactivated this former village by infusing it with a vibrant symbiosis of modernity and youth. The campus' six buildings echo the structural language of the existing residential buildings they abut, while innovating their material composition. The programmed tarmac is the 'carpet' on…

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June 17, 2014

The Financial Times publishes the Jellyfish House, located in Spain

This past Saturday the Financial Times of London published the Jellyfish House, a luxurious vacation home located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, in the printed and digital editions of the paper. The house–with its five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, steam room, sauna, and cantilevered rooftop infinity pool–is located a mere 150 m from the beach. Striking when seen from the street, the house's 9 m cantilevered pool has a glass bottom floor–and a glass wall along its interior facing edge–both of which allow for voyeuristic views into the pool and the former of which allows turquoise Spanish sunlight to dance and glitter onto the terrace below.

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June 13, 2014

V' House nominated for the 2014 Maastricht 'Victor de Stuers Award'

Located in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Maastricht–in the south the Netherlands–V' House is the private residence of a couple that collects vintage cars. Its foreside is composed of structural glazing, onto which a rastorized image of curtains fluttering in the wind has been fritted, for privacy, in tandem with interior curtains. Automobile entry to the house occurs via two doors within this structural glazing that simultaneously retract, while only one door retracts for entry to the house by foot. These doors are the only entry to the house; they are remotely opened via the owners' programmed smartphones. The ground floor is open the exterior elements, which introduces a void to the site; the first floor living room hangs over half of this outdoor space, which roofs the collection of vintage cars below. This living room is contiguous to the house's kitchen to create one fluid space on the first floor, while above is the master bedroom, which opens onto the roof of the living room below to create a sprawling roof terrace. Capping the house is a second, enormous roof terrace, which overlooks the stately spired skyline of Maastricht.

Awarded annually, the prize winner will be announced on June 20th, 2014 at 16:00, within Maastricht's City Hall.

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June 9, 2014

H’ House and its garden to be open to the public

From June 14-15th, 2014 the H’ House and its formal garden–in Maastricht, the Netherlands–will be open to the public, as both morph into a temporary gallery for local artists. Designed for a couple—a dancer and an actor, who are also landscape architects—the H' House is located within a formal garden that the owners have cultivated since the house’s completion in 2010. Artworks of ceramic, glass, and bronze will be on display.

Gallery H’ House
June 14-15th, 2014 10:00-17:00

Veldstraat 8-12A
6227 SZ Maastricht
the Netherlands

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May 26, 2014

WAA design a birthday cake for the 50th MARK

To celebrate the the 50th issue of MARK–an avant-garde magazine that covers the world of contemporary architecture–WAA designed a birthday cake for the publication, which is featured in its June/July 2014 issue. The cake is composed 50 cubes of various dimensions, and topped with a multi-faceted 'candle' that–when viewed from any nearly any angle–displays the number '50'. Published alongside the cake are its plan, section, and elevation, as well as the WAA designed espresso cups and cutlery, both of which are produced by Alessi, and the latter of which launched in spring 2014. The issue will be on newsstands from June…

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May 19, 2014

The College of Architecture at IIT to host the 'MCHAP Award Benefit Dinner'

On May 20th, 2014 the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology will host a benefit dinner for the 'MCHAP for Emerging Architecture'–one component of the new MCHAP award recently established by the college. The benefit will begin with remarks from the Mayor of Chicago–Rahm Emanuel–followed by the presentation of the award finalists, the dinner, and concluding with the announcement of the inaugural winner. Recognizing an 'outstanding built work in the Americas', as created by 'a member of the profession's younger generations', the 'MCHAP for Emerging Architecture' will again be conferred in 2016. The winner of the 'MCHAP'–the…

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May 13, 2014

WAA celebrate the official opening of Campus Hoogvliet

Campus Hoogvliet is an academic campus located in Rotterdam that was on April 8th, 2014 officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Accompanying the opening ceremony of the campus–which has now been in use for just over a month–was a short documentary created specifically for the occasion; it showcases the project's six buildings, the student and public life that occurs within them, and the ways in which the surrounding neighborhood has begun to transform in response to the project's completion. The documentary–in Dutch–is now available to the public.

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May 8, 2014

WAA included in the Amsterdam exhibition 'XS Architecture'

WAA has been invited to participate in the upcoming exhibition 'XS Architecture', a platform for products–of a smaller scale–created by architects, artists, and designers. The exhibition will include a wide-range of products, including chairs, kitchen accessories, prototypes, and textiles, among others. Each piece will support the exhibition's concern for highlighting products originating from those whose main profession lies in another trade. Alongside communicating these objects to a wider audience–extending their reach beyond the architecture profession–the products on display will investigate currently occurring cross-discipline collaborations within design and production methods. WAA will exhibit products created for and produced by Alessi, including…

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May 2, 2014

WAA nominated for 'German Design Award'

WAA was recently nominated for the 'German Design Award', for two new projects: Schwäbisch Media–an office for a publishing company active in print and digital media–located in Ravensburg, Germany, and the Allianz Headquarters–a 72 m office composed of two buildings intertwined by a series of four bridges and countless interior voids–located in Zürich, Switzerland. Annually recognizing 'pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape', the award is organized by the 'German Design Council', and the award winners will be announced after the jury convenes this August.

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April 8, 2014

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands to open Campus Hoogvliet

Today in Rotterdam Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will officially open Campus Hoogvliet, from 10:00-11:15, during a ceremony set to take place on the campus' main square. After the officiation the campus will open its doors to the public, allowing neighborhood residents a chance to tour the interior of the non-public buildings, such as the schools and housing, as well as the campus' fully public buildings, which include sports facilities, shops, and small cafés.

Campus Hoogvliet
April 8th, 2014 10:00-13:30

Lengweg
3192 BM Rotterdam
the Netherlands

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April 4, 2014

The College of Architecture at IIT awarded 'D&AD Award 2014' for NOWNESS

In March 2013 the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture (IIT CoA) published NOWNESS to coincide with the investiture of Wiel Arets as its Dean. The publication–which formalizes the focus of the school's 2013-2014 academic year–was recently honored with an 'In Book' award for its design by Dutch graphic designer Edwin van Gelder, from the 'Design & Art Direction Awards'. The organization was founded in Britain in 1962, and is recognized globally for its 'promotion of excellence in design and advertising'. The publication, which is no longer available in print, is available for download from IIT's website.

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March 25, 2014

WAA complete the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland

The Allianz Headquarters is a hybrid-office and the pinnacle of a master planned mixed-use district on the edge of Zürich’s city center. Comprised of a 20-story tower and a 5-story annex, these two components are externally linked by a series of four bridges, and vertically linked by numerous interior voids and staircases; as such, the Allianz Headquarters can be experienced as horizontal and vertical landscape of neighborhoods. Fluidly connected to the city center by a multitude of public transportation options, the building encourages the blossoming of twenty-first century office culture, which demands flexibility in space and its use, via its hyper-hybrid programming that amplifies ‘interiority’.

The entire lobby and ground floor are publicly accessible, ensuring a continuous animation throughout both, which compliments the adjacent public square. A central staircase rises from the lobby up and into the 20-story tower, allowing employees to, if desired, meander throughout all levels of the office without entering its core...

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March 5, 2014

WAA and Alessi launch the 'Eat.it' cutlery set

Alessi, the esteemed Italian manufacturer of kitchen products and accessories, recently launched the 'Eat.it' cutlery designed by Wiel Arets. Crafted over a period of six years, in order to ensure proper ergonomics at such a refined scale, the set originated from a symmetrical design in which the shape of the handle and the upper portions are both equivalent and opposite. Each piece is constructed from 18/10 stainless steel, and in additional to spoons, forks, and knives in various sizes, the set also includes a risotto serving spoon, a cake server, and a spaghetti fork. Eat.it embodies a practical approach to…

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February 21, 2014

WAA begin construction on the IJhal within Amsterdam Centraal

Construction commenced today on the IJhal–the main pedestrian passageway within Amsterdam's Centraal Station–which parallels the river IJ and is the convergence point for the city's multitude of transportation types. The station and its immediate surroundings are metamorphosizing to become the centerpiece of a larger master plan to create a more welcoming 'gateway' to the city for passengers arriving via train, tram, metro, or bus, by simplifying the connections between each. A series of secondary passageways perpendicular to the IJhal will impart direct visual connections to the waterfront throughout the station. This will reestablish Amsterdam's connection to both the IJ and Amsterdam North–a…

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February 19, 2014

The New York Times publishes a podcast featuring Wiel Arets

This past weekend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held their annual meeting in Chicago–the third largest city in the United States of America–to explore and discuss 'recent developments in science and technology'. Wiel Arets joined a panel discussion as part of the event entitled 'The Future of Cities: Dense or Dispersed’, which debated the topic of density within the world's cities, in relation to the ever increasing urbanization of the world's currently estimated population of 7.145 billion. The article and podcast also feature all speakers from that panel, and other noteworthy discussions that took place throughout the weekend.

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February 14, 2014

Wiel Arets to join panel discussion at 2014 AAAS meeting in Chicago

On February 15th, 2014 from 8:30-11:30, as part of the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting, Wiel Arets will participate in a panel discussion entitled 'The Future of Cities: Dense or Dispersed’. The discussion will contemplate the ways in which the world's cities are currently coping with an ever increasing influx of new residents. Organized by Antony Wood of the ‘Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’, the panel includes Wiel Arets, William F. Baker, Francesca Birks, Saskia Sassen, and Virginia Parks.

AAAS Annual Meeting
February 13-17, 2014

Hyatt Regency
151 E Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, Illinois, 60601
United States of America

February 13, 2014

The College of Architecture at IIT announces the 'MCHAP'

The College of Architecture (CoA) at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) announced this week the creation of the 'Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize' (MCHAP) and the 'MCHAP for Emerging Architecture'; both will recognize works of architectural eminence constructed throughout North and South America. Awarded biennially, the 'MCHAP' and the 'MCHAP for Emerging Architecture' are extensions of the larger curricular and research initiatives of the CoA at IIT, as established by its Dean, Wiel Arets. The award's inaugural jury includes Wiel Arets, Kenneth Frampton, Jorge Francisco Liernur, Dominique Perrault, and Sarah Whiting. Both components of the award will begin in…

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February 4, 2014

WAA complete Campus Hoogvliet in Rotterdam

Campus Hoogvliet is a cluster of six buildings that together compose one academic and socially focused campus, located just outside of Rotterdam. These six new buildings–a sports center, an art studio, a safety academy, 100 residential units within one building, and two schools–have been plugged into a programmed tarmac that communicates the campus' boundary, and includes custom designed seating, a running track, and other place-making denotations. The campus’ immediate surroundings are characterized by mid-twentieth century housing developments–which were prolifically constructed during its booming period of post-WWII growth–and the campus aims to rectify the social and cultural deterioration that coupled the…

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January 16, 2014

The New York Times publishes the Jellyfish House, located in Spain

The New York Times today published the Jellyfish House, a vacation home located in Marbella, Spain, in the digital edition of the paper–as well as on page D3 of the New York print edition, with the headline: 'A Pool That’s Over the Top'. The house's pool, which is cantilevered 9 m from the roof, features a glass-bottom floor and a panoramic window at its interior facing edge, both of which enable sunlight to spill throughout the house's interior.

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January 6, 2014

WAA complete the Jellyfish House in Spain

Located in Marbella, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, the Jellyfish House’s neighboring buildings block its view onto the nearby sea. Appropriately, it was chosen to cantilever the house’s pool from its roof, so that the beach and sea can always be seen while sunbathing or swimming. The house is organized around two paths of circulation: a ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ set of stairs, which intertwine and traverse the house’s four levels of living. The ‘fast’ stair leads from the exterior directly to the roof; it is enclosed in glass, which physically separates it from the house’s interior, yet it is simultaneously open to the exterior elements, so that sand is not brought into the house when returning from the beach...

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December 16, 2013

Four new WAA projects published in 'MARK'

MARK is an avant-garde magazine that covers the world of contemporary architecture. Its December 2013/January 2014 issue includes a 16 page article on WAA entitled, 'Four new projects from Wiel Arets show the architect at the top of his cinema-inspired game'. This feature article includes an extensive interview with Wiel Arets, wherein he discusses four recently completed WAA projects, which are located in Switzerland, Spain, Japan, and the Netherlands.

'If we were in LA and not Marbella, somebody would surely be shooting a movie here at the Jellyfish House. In fact, it’s almost as though someone already is. The scene couldn’t be more perfect,…

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December 9, 2013

WAA complete the V' House in Maastricht

V’ House was constructed for a couple that collects vintage cars, and is stitched within the medieval tapestry of Maastricht. The city dictates all new structures remain within the envelope of pre-existing buildings, and so a cut was created in the house’s front façade to generate a triangulated surface, which leads from one neighbor’s sloped roof to the opposite neighbor’s vertical bearing wall. As the house’s site is long and narrow, voids were cut into the maximum permitted volume to ensure that natural light spills throughout the interior. The ground floor is both open to the exterior elements and sunken to the rear of the site, which makes possible the maximum two-story height allowance. A covered portion of this exterior space serves as an outdoor parking garage for the owners’ collection of Aston Martins.

As the house finds refuge between two historical buildings, it is a burst of modernity within this currently gentrifying neighborhood of Maastricht. The house is enormous, totaling 530 m2, and is entered through two oversized sliding glass doors that perforate its front façade. These doors serve as the house’s main entry and open to either their left or right for entry by foot, and both simultaneously retract to allow the entry of automobiles...

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December 5, 2013

WAA the subject of 'Cameracronica', #3

Cameracronica is an Italian digital quarterly review of architecture first published in 2013 and designed to be read on an iPad. The magazine's third issue, 'Wiel Arets: Essence and Absence', was recently published; it includes an essay entitled 'On the Irreducible Architectural Substance' that explores the effects of digital publishing on the architectural profession and its parallel cultural conversation, an essay entitled 'Transcending and Translucent' that compares the firm's studios to the famed Manhattan 'Factory', alongside three recent WAA projects: Schwäbisch Media, Four Towers Osdorp, and Regiocentrale Zuid. 

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December 3, 2013

WAA complete the B' Tower in Rotterdam

The B’ Tower, located in the center of Rotterdam, is composed of three distinct volumes of retail and residential program, and is a contiguous extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. Standing at a height of 70 m, its plinth encompasses retail while its subsequent volumes are composed of 54 studios and 24 apartments, respectively. The city of Rotterdam mandated in the mid-1990s that a portion of newly built structures in its center incorporate housing; intrinsically, the B’ Tower is one of the first of these buildings, seeking to impart and sustain an urban vibrancy within this rapidly restructuring district.

Adjacently sited to a pedestrian promenade, the tower’s retail and lobby are accessed by foot, while its residential program provides additional entry options for automobiles and bicyclists. Specially designated elevators enable this automobile entry, which rise four stories to an elevated park that offers direct access to the building’s core. This two-story and 64 space car park allows for views onto the city’s surroundings beyond a ribbon of transparent glazing, disclosing the first of many cinematographic experiential sequences within this hybrid tower...

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November 20, 2013

WAA design the Siamese Chair with Lensvelt

Custom designed for the B' Tower–a high-rise residential building located in Rotterdam–the Siamese chair was designed in collaboration with Dutch furniture manufacturer Lensvelt. It is composed of oak, with fabric from the Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat. Previously custom made, the chair has recently been placed into full production by Lensvelt.

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November 15, 2013

WAA complete the Post in Maastricht

Sited at the edge of the Vrijhof, a square in the center of Maastricht, the Post contains 19 short-stay apartments whose creation entailed the extensive renovation of an existing state protected monument–a post office originally constructed in 1915. The main building is an outstanding example of Dutch brick expressionism, and its elements of historical significance were retained, such as the cast iron balustrade of the main staircase, and the two balconies flanking its Vrijhof facing façade. With the exception of these protected elements, the building was completely stripped of its original structure and interior divisions...

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November 11, 2013

WAA progress construction on the Truman Plaza in Berlin

Located in Berlin Zehlendorf, the Truman Plaza is part of a larger master plan that balances its historic context with the integration of a delicate onsite Grunewald forest. Offices, retail, health, and sports facilities form an urban cluster around a public plaza within this leafy borough on berlin's edge; a series of staggered volumes' height graduations and setbacks provide a rhythm and framework, while a taller two-part structure anchors the plaza to its site. Depending on perspective, the individual buildings merge to create a cityscape, while the public plaza establishes a meeting point for residents by acting as a social…

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November 7, 2013

Huffington Post names WAA project one of 'The World's Greatest Libraries'

'The Utrecht University Library by Wiel Arets is completely black inside, except for the furniture (which is red) and the color provided by the books themselves and their readers. Light enters the space through windows etched with an image of tall grasses, a reminder... of the materials used to make paper. This haunting library with its calm interior offers readers a whole range of different spaces to work in. You can sit in large open areas, enjoying the light coming in through the windows and the sight of dozens of other readers working away around you. Or you can find desks hidden away in the book stacks, far from prying eyes (the perfect place to escape the outside world and immerse yourself in books).'

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November 5, 2013

WAA celebrate the official opening of the AvB Tower in The Hague

The AvB Tower–a hyper-hybrid academic building located in The Hague–was on October 31st, 2013 officially opened at an inaugural ceremony held in its 220 seat auditorium and attended by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans, who delivered a keynote speech whose central theme was: ‘Knowledge as a Global Challenge in Times of Information Overload’. Also in attendance were Professor Jos Schaeken (Dean of Leiden University College at The Hague), Professor Jouke de Vries (Dean of Faculty Campus The Hague), Professor Simone Buitendijk (Vice-Rector Magnificus of Leiden University) and Ingrid van Engelshoven (Deputy Mayor of the municipality of The Hague),…

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November 4, 2013

Wiel Arets to be in conversation with Phyllis Lambert at IIT in Chicago

On November 14, 2013 Wiel Arets will be in conversation with Phyllis Lambert, the Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montréal. Lambert graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1963 and was the Director of Planning for the Seagram Building in New York City (1954–58) designed by Mies van der Rohe–the development of which is documented in her recently released book entitled Building Seagram (Yale University Press, 2013).

S. R. Crown Hall
November 14th, 2013 17:30

3360 South State Street 
Chicago, Illinois 60616
United States of America

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October 29, 2013

WAA complete the E' Tower in Eindhoven

This housing project is composed of two building blocks and located within a former industrial area in the city of Eindhoven that was redeveloped into a residential neighborhood named Stripe S. The E' Tower forms the entry to this new development, with 110 apartments dispersed across its 22 floors, while a separate auxiliary building echoing the former's façade rises 10 stories and consists of 36 apartments. This auxiliary building is situated along a road bisecting the neighborhood. The tower’s eastern façade has been receded from the adjacent building block to enable its complete fenestration in spite of its corner location, while at ground level…

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October 16, 2013

Wiel Arets to lecture at 'Days of Oris' in Croatia

Wiel Arets is set to lecture as part of the 2013 'Days of Oris' symposium that will take place in in Zagreb, Croatia from October 19-20, an annual gathering organized by the Croatian architecture magazine Oris. This two-day symposium will consist of a series of lectures given by eminent architects, 'in which they present their works, creative approaches and concepts, while simultaneously exploring topics of construction'. Wiel Arets will present both WAA projects under construction and those nearing completion, expounding on the ways in which technology continues its assimilation and integration within buildings, and how these developments are evolving to affect methods of construction.

Days of Oris
October 19-20, 2013

Klaićeva 44

10000 Klaićeva, Croatia

October 15, 2013

The B' Tower exhibited as part of 'Dutch Design Week' in Eindhoven

The B' Tower will be on exhibit within the 'Vertigo' building of the Technical University of Eindhoven's campus, anchoring the show of graduating student work, entitled 'Built Environment', which is part of the larger annual celebration that is 'Dutch Design Week'. Exhibited in analytical form, oversized images and explanatory texts decipher the B' Tower's interior, while technical drawings analyze a chair custom designed for the project, which has been produced by the Dutch furniture manufacturer Lensvelt.

'Built Environment'
October 19-26, 2013

Vertigo Buildng
De Wielen 1 
5612 AZ Eindhoven
the Netherlands

September 23, 2013

Schwäbisch Media certified 'silver' by the German Sustainable Building Council

Schwäbisch Media, an office building for a publishing company located in the Upper Swabia region of Germany, was today certified 'silver' by the German Sustainable Building Council, whose mission is 'the development of methods and solutions for sustainable design and construction, and the management and promotion of such buildings'. This certification is similar in its scope and scale to the American 'LEED' certification program for sustainable buildings, which promotes 'Leadership in Energy and Environment Design'.

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September 21, 2013

Wiel Arets to lecture at the 2013 'American Institute of Architects Iowa Annual Convention'

As part of the 2013 'American Institute of Architects (AIA) Iowa Annual Convention' in Des Moines, Iowa, Wiel Arets will lecture on architecture and design in relation to the convention's theme of 'Feedback', which according to the chapter is, '…an essential activity in expanding our professional development and understanding of where we exist within our continuum of life-long learning.' Wiel Arets will lecture on recent projects by WAA, hybrid programming, and the evolving integration of technology and buildings.

AIA Iowa Annual Convention
September 26-27, 2013

Iowa Events Center
833 5th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States of America

September 20, 2013

WAA progress construction on the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich

Once completed, the Allianz Headquarters will be composed of a 20-story tower and a 5-story annex. Upon entering the lobby of the complex, a monumental sculptural staircase will rise 72 m–the entire height of the building. Multi-story voids create short cuts between floors through the use of open stairways. Circulation to and from these stairs and voids is toward and perpendicular to the outer glass skin, while circulation on each floor takes place along and parallel to the façade, so that the buildings are always alive with movement.

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September 19, 2013

'Perspectives' to be broadcast on television in the Netherlands

Perspectives is documentary on the life and work of architect Wiel Arets, produced by George Vogelaar and Geert van Gemert, which premiered as part of the 'Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival' in 2011. This documentary will be broadcast on 'TV Maastricht', a television channel localized to the Dutch province of Limburg, from September 20-22, 2013. It sketches an image of this globally active architect engaging in the fields of architecture, design, and metropolitan development. Set within the Netherlands, Milan, Zürich, Berlin, and Tokyo, the producers unravel Arets' affection for Comme des Garçon, his passion for Japan and its culture, and capture his conversations with Kazuyo Sejima, Toyo Ito, and Rolf Fehlbaum of Vitra, among others.

September 20-22, 2013, 'TV Maastricht'

 

September 17, 2013

WAA progress construction on Campus Hoogvliet in Rotterdam

Located on the southern edge of Rotterdam, Campus Hoogvliet is a new educational and cultural center set for completion in autumn 2013. This area of the city is characterized by its mid-twentieth century housing developments, and this new campus seeks to rectify the social and cultural exchange that coupled this former village's demolition, which took place during its post-war period of growth. The project is composed of six separate buildings that together encompass two vocational schools, an art studio, sports building, lyceum, restaurant, retail spaces, and housing facilities. Each of the campus' buildings has an outdoor terrace linking the extensive…

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September 15, 2013

WAA progress construction on the B' Tower in Rotterdam

Located in the center of Rotterdam, immediately adjacent to the Bijenkorf department store by Marcel Breuer, the tower comprises a hybrid of urban programs composed of three volumes of similar height but varying width. The volume that meets the ground, which rises to the height of the Bijenkorf store, houses a fashion store and parking garage, while the two upper volumes that rise above the department store contain apartments, each with a cantilevered balcony large enough to accommodate a table for a dinner party of six.

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September 13, 2013

WAA awarded the 2013 'Victor de Stuers Award' for The Post in Maastricht

Located in the center of Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands, the project is an extensive renovation of a former post office that dates from 1915. A 'protected' state monument, the project consists of 19 short-stay apartments whose design has been dictated by the building's pre-existing and culturally significant components. Two apartments within the building have balconies that face the adjacent Vrijhof, a large pedestrian square in the center of this ancient Roman city, while the penthouse apartment on the rear of the building features a roof terrace that overlooks the spired skyline of Maastricht.

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September 11, 2013

WAA included in the 2012 'Best Dutch Book Design' exhibition in Amsterdam

After presentation in Leipzig, Buenos Aires, and Porto, the 2012 'Best Dutch Book Designs' will be exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References, designed by renowned Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom and edited by American academic Robert McCarter, was awarded this annual prize alongside 32 other publications representing the most distinguished books made in the Netherlands during 2012. These books have been chosen for their meticulous attention to detail and their timeless qualities, capturing the spirit of the period within which they were produced. This literary award is one of the most time-honored of its kind…

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September 10, 2013

WAA complete the AvB Tower in The Hague

The AvB Tower is a hyper-hybrid academic building and a dynamic hub threading The Hague’s central train station to the adjacent urban envelope, accommodating students and faculty with a program of housing, retail, and dining. Surrounded by an expansive and newly constructed pedestrian square–the Anna van Buerenplein–this 72 m steel tower is foreseen to be a catalyst for further redevelopment of this centrally sited urban space. As the city’s train station is a terminus, this square is a point of convergence for multiple modes of transportation and a gathering space for the tower’s 396 student residents.

Clusters of office buildings and a surface parking lot were demolished to create this new residential and retail situation, which is part of a larger master plan to restructure this formerly under-utilized space in the center of this stately city. A newly submerged 3-story parking garage serves as the plinth for the tower’s foundation, dictating its structural solutions due to the pre-existing weight limitations of the parking garage. It was therefore chosen to construct the tower in steel , distributing its structural load across 11 pre-determined columns.

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September 5, 2013

Wiel Arets to lecture at Korea University

As part of the eight 'Annual Asian Alumni Meeting', set to take place in Seoul, Korea, Wiel Arets will lecture at the 'Korea University-Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Symposium' entitled 'Mega Trends in Innovation'. This annual meeting is organized by the IIT Asian Alumni Council, and all alumni and past associates of IIT, from every part of the globe, have been invited to attend. Wiel Arets will lecture on currently developing innovations within architecture and design, focussing on energy efficiency, the interstitial spaces between building, and wider issues, such as culture and life within cities.

Korea University-IIT Symposium
September 7, 2013 9:00-13:00

Korea University
Hana Square, Room 112
145, Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu
Seoul, 136-701 Korea

August 28, 2013

WAA progress construction on the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich

Once completed, the Allianz Headquarters will be composed of a 20-story tower and a 5-story annex. Upon entering the lobby of the complex, a monumental sculptural staircase will rise 72 m–the entire height of the building. Multi-story voids create short cuts between floors through the use of open stairways. Circulation to and from these stairs and voids is toward and perpendicular to the outer glass skin, while circulation on each floor takes place along and parallel to the façade, so that the buildings are always alive with movement.

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August 26, 2013

WAA win competition to design the Europaallee 'Site D' in Zürich

This new building is an integral component of ‘Europaallee’, a currently emerging district adjacent to the city of Zürich’s central train station. A plinth of retail programming anchors the project to its site, while its upper volumes consist of flexible office spaces that, due to their shallow depth and efficient façade grid, can be occupied by several individual companies or a larger singular tenant. The main entry has been positioned along the parallel ‘Europaaallee’, and opens onto the ground floor's main retail and circulation spaces. From the ground floor, a central staircase complemented by two ramping escalators traverses and connects these areas. Foreseeing a possible conversion into future residential units, the building’s flexible structure was designed to allow for such a repurpose of its program.

Construction will begin in 2017, and is scheduled to commence in 2019.

Read more about Europaallee 'Site D'

August 22, 2013

WAA included in the Amsterdam exhibition 'XS Architecture'

WAA has been invited to participate in the upcoming exhibition 'XS Architecture', a platform for products–of a smaller scale–created by architects, artists, and designers. The exhibition will include a wide-range of products, including chairs, kitchen accessories, prototypes, and textiles, among others. Each piece will support the exhibition's concern for highlighting products originating from those whose main profession lies in another trade. Alongside communicating these objects to a wider audience–extending their reach beyond the architecture profession–the products on display will investigate currently occurring cross-discipline collaborations within design and production methods. WAA will exhibit products created for and produced by Alessi, including…

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August 7, 2013

The Post is nominated for the 2013 Maastricht 'Victor de Stuers Award'

Located in the center of Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands, the project is an extensive renovation of a former post office that dates from 1915. A 'protected' state monument, the project consists of 19 short-stay apartments whose design has been dictated by the building's pre-existing and culturally significant components. Two apartments within the building have balconies that face the adjacent Vrijhof, a large pedestrian square in the center of this ancient Roman city, while the penthouse apartment on the rear of the building features a roof terrace that overlooks the spired skyline of Maastricht. The winner of the 'Monument Prize' will be announced at the awards ceremony on September 13th, in Maastricht. 

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July 26, 2013

WAA publish 'TC Cuadernos: Wiel Arets 1997-2013'

The first extensive publication on the work of Wiel Arets Architects in nearly a decade, TC Cuadernos: Wiel Arets 1997-2013 includes 35 projects designed by the studio over the last 16 years, intensely investigates the most recent buildings, products, competitions, and exhibitions. Featuring many projects in print for the first time, the publication examines the technical aspects of the studio's work, delving into the each project's technological achievements and innovations, as communicated via the more than 300 drawings, and more than 200 photographs by the renowned architectural photographers Jan Bitter, Hélène Binet, Christian Richters, and Bas Princen.

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June 28, 2013

WAA progress construction on the AvB Tower in The Hague

The AvB Tower is situated on the Anne van Bueren Square, which serves as the lobby for this hybrid tower in the center of The Hague. With a program of 396 student 'guest-rooms’–with the first five floors combining retail, lobby, restaurant, offices, lecture hall, and library–the building will become the newest home of the University of Leiden, providing its student residents with accommodations featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding tinted glass panels, which provide views to the square, the skyline of The Hague, and the North Sea beyond.

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June 25, 2013

WAA celebrate the opening of Schwäbisch Media in Ravensburg

This new building is an office for Schwäbisch Media (Swabian Media), a publishing company active in many facets of traditional and new media. Six protruding glass-walled cubes define and compose the project, with their proportions and dimensions based on the surrounding traditional German fachwerk villas in the city of Ravensburg. These six working areas have been stacked on top of a transparent ground floor, through which access is afforded to each, creating a new urban typology in the center of this medieval city. As the company’s activities were previously scattered throughout the Upper Swabia region, this building brings all 350…

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June 18, 2013

WAA progress construction on Campus Hoogvliet in Rotterdam

Campus Hoogvliet is a new educational and cultural area located on the southern edge of Rotterdam composed of six buildings encompassing two vocational schools, an art studio, sports building, lyceum, restaurant, retail, and housing facilities. Each building has an outdoor patio linking the campus’ public space with each building’s private interior. Each of these patios is enclosed by a translucent glass ‘fence’ equal in height to the façades of the ground floor, and each fence contains a ‘gate’ allowing access to the patio from the main public space. A number of mature green areas surrounding the site have been incorporated into the landscaping, while in contrast each patio will be planted with red Japanese Maple trees.

Read more about Campus Hoogvliet

June 14, 2013

WAA progress construction on the E' Tower in Eindhoven

The project is located in the Stadium Quarter, an area next to the Phillips Stadium in Eindhoven, which is an integral part of the Stripe S urban plan created by the landscape firm West 8. The original brief for the area includes the E' Tower, the E’ Block, and a slender end piece of the adjacent annex, which are all apartment buildings in this emerging district. A gap between the E' Tower and the annex will define the area's entrance while also providing an outdoor space adjacent to the tower, for use by its inhabitants.

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June 6, 2013

WAA progress construction on the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich

The Allianz Headquarters is an office complex linked and interlocked by a series of bridges and voids. Once completed, the Allianz Headquarters will be composed of a 20-story tower and a 5-story annex set within an urban plan based on a modified block structure. The two buildings will be connected by a series of bridges, enabling work, gastronomic, and leisure spaces to fluidly interact. Upon entering the lobby of the complex, a monumental sculptural staircase will rise 72 m–the entire height of the building–essentially creating an accessible atrium that visually and intuitively routes users. These multi-story voids create short cuts between…

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May 29, 2013

Campus Hoogvliet's construction site to be open for public viewing

As part of the 'Day of Building' set to take place in Rotterdam, Campus Hoogvliet–a new educational, residential, and cultural cluster of six separate buildings–will open its construction site for public viewing on June 1st, 2013 from 10:00-16:00. The project forms the core of recent efforts to revitalize the Hoogvliet neighborhood of Rotterdam, and aims to increase the amount of public space available to area residents. The six buildings encompass two vocational schools, an art studio, sports building, lyceum, restaurant, retail, and housing facilities. Each of the six buildings has an outdoor patio linking the the private interiors to the public spaces of the surrounding extensive campus.

Read more about Campus Hoogvliet

May 10, 2013

WAA complete construction on Schwäbisch Media in Ravensburg

Schwäbisch Media is an office building for a publishing company active in many facets of both traditional and new media. Six protruding glass-walled cubes define and compose the project, with their proportions and dimensions based on the surrounding traditional German fachwerk villas. These six working areas have been stacked on top of a transparent ground floor, through which access is afforded to each, creating a new urban typology in the center of this medieval city. Wrapping the project’s perimeter is a glass fence, varying in height from 1-4.5 m, allowing the building to be perceived as one continuous urban intervention that fluidly interweaves interior and exterior.

Watch the construction process

April 25, 2013

WAA reach the highest point of construction on Campus Hoogvliet in Rotterdam

Campus Hoogvliet, a new educational and cultural area located on the southern edge of Rotterdam, has today reached its highest point of construction. The project is composed of six buildings encompassing two vocational schools, an art studio, sports building, lyceum, restaurant, retail, and housing facilities. The central theme raised during the design process of the campus was the ideas of 'connections', and how the campus interacts with the areas of the surrounding neighborhood, while simultaneously functioning as a cluster of interrelated public and private spaces.

Read more about Campus Hoogvliet

April 10, 2013

WAA awarded the 2013 'AIT Innovation Award for Architecture and Technology'

The Allianz Headquarters, an under construction office building in Zürich, Switzerland, was recently awarded the 2013 ‘AIT Innovation Award for Architecture & Technology’ for its interior heating and cooling ceiling panels, which feature concrete core activation and concealed air ventilation. Designed specifically for the new Allianz Headquarters, the paneled ceiling system houses the technical specifications a modern office building demands, and measures 1.35 x 1.35 m, reducing the amount of hanging points while simultaneously introducing a larger scale to the interior office spaces. Composed of steel sheets that have been ‘crumpled’ for added stability, the panels resist central…

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April 8, 2013

The College of Architecture at IIT publishes NOWNESS

NOWNESS is the first publication of the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture (IIT CoA) under the direction of Wiel Arets, published to coincide with the investiture of Arets as the college's newest Dean. Presenting the curriculum and ambitions for the 2013-2014 academic year, NOWNESS also introduces readers and prospective students to the college's history and legacy, the latter inherited from Mies van der Rohe–the college's original director in the early twentieth century. Including interviews, conversations, and commentary by Ken Frampton, Stanley Tigerman, and Robert McCarter, with imagery by Erwin Olaf, Bas Princen, and Thomas Ruff–among others–the publication formalizes the foundations of the school's…

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March 27, 2013

The Hoge Raad der Nederlanden is published in 'MARK'

The Hoge Raad der Nederlanden, a finalist entry for the new Supreme Court of the Netherlands, is currently featured in the April/May 2013 issue of the Dutch publication MARK.

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March 20, 2013

WAA book presentation at Graham Foundation in Chicago on April 26th

The Graham Foundation of Chicago will host a presentation and signing of Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References, a new book edited by Robert McCarter and designed by Irma Boom exploring the notion of 'A Wonderful World'. The evening will begin with a discussion and debate between Arets and McCarter, introducing the book's origins as well as the work of Wiel Arets Architects, after which signed copies of the publication will be available for purchase.

The Graham Foundation
April 26th, 2013 18:30

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
United States of America

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March 19, 2013

WAA progress construction on the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich

The Allianz Headquarters is an office complex linked and interlocked by a series of bridges and voids. Once completed, the Allianz Headquarters will be composed of a high-rise tower and a 5-story building, both with a program of mainly office space, set within an urban plan based on a modified block structure. The two buildings will be connected by a series of bridges, enabling work, gastronomic, and leisure spaces to fluidly interact. Upon entering the lobby of the complex, a monumental sculptural staircase will rise 72 m–the entire height of the building–essentially creating an accessible atrium that visually and intuitively routes users.

Read more about Allianz Headquarters

 

February 27, 2013

'A Daily Dose of Architecture' reviews 'Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References'

'As the title makes clear, the book is as much an autobiography as a monograph… In addition to the interviews, lectures, debates, and other content from a spring 2010 studio Arets taught with Professor Robert McCarter at Washington University, the book includes a handful of project portfolios and some short project descriptions of many buildings designed by Arets… Irma Boom instills a logic to the loads of writing and photos through a design that is actually pretty simple. But the experience of holding and flipping through the book is enriched by the design, and Arets' words are like layers of meaning within the regular structure.'

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February 26, 2013

Wiel Arets to lecture at 'Wohnbaufestwochen 2013' in Vienna

On March 5th, 2013 Wiel Arets will be the keynote speaker at the City of Vienna's municipal housing festival and symposium 'Wohnbaufestwochen 2013'. The conference is hosted biennially by the city, and is a forum for dialogue between architects, planners, scientists, researchers, and politicians on various municipal housing topics. Wiel Arets will lecture on the state of high-rise apartment towers in the Netherlands, focussing on the Amsterdam housing project 'Four Towers Osdorp'.

March 5th, 2013 15:45

Architekturzentrum Wien
Museumsplatz 1 
1070 Vienna, Austria

February 25, 2013

Wiel Arets to lecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna

On March 4th, 2013 at 19:00 Wiel Arets will publicly lecture at the at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna–in collaboration with Studio Hani Rashid–discussing recent works of WAA, his appointment as Dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, and 'Rethinking Metropolis'. The event is part of the Institute of Architecture Silver Lecture Series.

March 4th, 2013 19:00

University of Applied Arts
Oskar Kokoschka-Platz 2
1010 Vienna, Austria

 

February 23, 2013

WAA progress construction on Schwäbisch Media in Ravensburg

The building houses the new headquarters of a company active in many facets of the media, utilizing the notion of 'villas' within the project. A transparent glazed outer membrane will wrap the interior and exterior spaces, imparting a singular identity to the project as well as allowing the individual 'villas' to be distinguished. For those working in the building, the smaller areas of each working unit allow a sense of place and comfort, giving a domestic character to the experience of inhabitation.

Read more about Schwäbisch Media

 

February 22, 2013

WAA awarded the 2012 Best Dutch Book Design Award for 'Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References'

Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhäuser, 2012) explores the topic of 'A Wonderful World'–a theory brought forth by Wiel Arets–stating that the the world will become one metropolis, with individual cities functioning as neighborhoods, each with their own regional identity, and each comparable to stops on a subway map. Designed by Irma Boom and edited by Robert McCarter, the book totals 536 pages and is organized with a colored-coded tab system, ensuring intuitive understanding of its complex compilation and content.

Read the full list of award recipients

February 20, 2013

Making Metropolis: March 13th, 2013

On March 13th, 2013 the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture (IIT CoA) will celebrate Mies van der Rohe's 127th birthday, his influence on Chicago, and the investiture of Wiel Arets. Seventy-five years ago, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe arrived in the United States to lead IIT's College of Architecture and profoundly influence the world’s taste and built environment. Today, the college begins another era of influence as it celebrates the investiture of Wiel Arets, Rowe Family College of Architecture Dean Endowed Chair. 

S. R. Crown Hall 
3360 South State Street 
Chicago, Illinois 60616
United States of America

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February 4, 2013

Wiel Arets named Chair of Jury for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, also known as the Mies van der Rohe Award, highlights the contributions of architects to the development of new ideas and technologies in contemporary European urban development. Initiated in 1987 and presented biannually, it is the most prestigious award in European architecture. Wiel Arets, as Chair of the Jury, recently convened in Barcelona to select this year's award finalists, and the full list of nominees was announced on January 31st, 2013.

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January 20, 2013

Wiel Arets to lecture at Unity Temple in Chicago

On March 11th, 2013 at 19:00 Wiel Arets will lecture at Unity Temple in Chicago, discussing recent works of WAA, his appointment as Dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, and 'A Wonderful World', his optimistic outlook toward the future our of continuously 'shrinking' world. Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References explores the topic of 'A Wonderful World', and is the latest publication by Wiel Arets, made in collaboration with editor Robert McCarter and graphic designer Irma Boom, and copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Unity Temple
March 11th, 2013 19:00

875 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
United States of America

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January 3, 2013

WAA awarded 3rd in competition design for Dutch Supreme Court

The Hoge Raad der Nederlanden, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, is situated in The Hague, and appears restrained and transparent, projecting a sense of timelessness suitable to its neutral role separate from the country's politics. Two courtrooms form the core of the project, both composed of natural stone, and around which public space is laced on the ground floor. These courtrooms are affixed with vertical voids in the form of pyramids, while a third cone, composed of glass, creates an internal skylight.

Read about Hoge Raad der Nederlanden

 

January 1, 2013

The H' House is published in 'Arquitectura y Diseño'

The January 2013 issue of the Spanish publication Arquitectura y Diseño includes a 16 page spread featuring the the H' House, located in Maastricht.

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December 28, 2012

An interview with Wiel Arets is published in 'The Architect's Newspaper'

The Architect's Newspaper recently published an interview with Wiel Arets addressing the legacy of Mies van der Rohe at IIT, Chicago's architectural heritage, and the meaning of 'rough premium'. Arets explains: 'I’m interested in rough reading, rereading. Because there is no straight, smooth way from A to Z. I would say the better ideas develop along the rough way. That’s why I think resistance is extremely important for an architect, and architecture schools. In certain ways I’m interested in stress, forces–when there is wind out, there is something you have to fight against. Roughness creates questions. For me, that’s very important for students...'

Read the full interview

 

December 19, 2012

Tower Center is published in MARK

Tower Center, a housing and adaptive reuse competition entry, is currently featured in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of the Dutch publication MARK.

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December 18, 2012

WAA reach highest point of construction on the AvB Tower in The Hague

The Anne van Bueren Square serves as the lobby for AvB Tower, where a hybrid programming of shops, lobby, restaurant, offices, lecture hall, and library–where the academic dweller finds a communicative atmosphere–when fluidly linked, can be seen as an extension of the 'commuter-leisure' concept currently emerging in the world's major metropolises. The first five floors provide space for this hybrid programming, while above, 396 spacious 'guest-rooms’ will function as student studios with floor-to-ceiling sliding yellow-tinted glass panels, thus providing views to the square, the skyline of The Hague, and the North Sea beyond.

Read more about the AvB Tower

December 11, 2012

WAA book presentation at AEDES in Berlin on December 14th

Wiel Arets: Inspiration and Process in Architecture (Moleskine, 2012) is a new book exploring the relationships between the sources of inspiration that influence the work of Wiel Arets. Frozen thoughts, exaggerated perspectives, snapshots, and diagrammatic sketches fill the book's pages. The Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) is a 'Metropolitan Laboratory' and will host the first presentation of this book, including a moderated conversation between architects Wiel Arets, Peter Wilson, and Cino Zucchi–all of whom are featured subjects in this series' latest release.

ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory
December 14th, 2012 18:00

Christinenstraße 18
Berlin, Germany

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November 23, 2012

WAA participate in competition to design Dutch Supreme Court

WAA together with the Brink Groep and Hillen & Roosen were the initiators of the 'Hageraad' consortium, participating in the PPP competition for the 'Hoge Raad der Nederlanden'–the Dutch Supreme Court–located in The Hague. The project encompassed the design, build, finance, maintain, and operate (DBFMO) contract for this governmental building, and all parties of the consortium were equally involved throughout the project's year and a half duration. WAA congratulates the Poort van Den Haag consortium with their winning proposal for the 'Hoge Raad der Nederlanden'.

Read more about the Hoge Raad

November 22, 2012

The Hedge House becomes the 'Bonnefanten Hedge House Foundation'

The Hedge House, located on the grounds of Castle Wijlre in Limburg, the Netherlands, has been entrusted to the management of the Bonnefanten Museum, located in nearby Maastricht. The castle, its gardens, and the Hedge House will all become part of an independent organization, the 'Bonnefanten Hedge House Foundation', working in close collaboration with the Bonnefanten Museum, who is responsible for its exhibition program content. 

Read more about the Hedge House

November 14, 2012

WAA progress construction on the B' Tower in Rotterdam

Located in the center of Rotterdam, immediately adjacent to the Bijenkorf department store by Marcel Breuer, the tower comprises a hybrid of urban programs composed of three volumes of similar height but varying width. The volume that meets the ground, which rises to the height of the Bijenkorf store, houses a fashion store and parking garage, while the two upper volumes that rise above the department store contain apartments. The entry to the fashion store opens to the pedestrian precinct next to the department store, and the apartments are accessed from the side road. Similar to the Breuer building, the façade, of alternating glass and aluminum panels, is not related to the floor levels or the individual functions but to the larger volumes, with cantilevered balconies clustered in lines along the façade creating shadows that give the building a larger, urban scale.

Read more about the B' Tower

October 23, 2012

WAA progress construction on Campus Hoogvliet in Rotterdam

Campus Hoogvliet is a new educational and cultural area located on the southern edge of Rotterdam composed of six buildings encompassing two vocational schools, an art studio, sports building, lyceum, restaurant, retail, and housing facilities. Each building has an outdoor patio linking the campus’ public space with each building’s private interior. Each of these patios is enclosed by a translucent glass ‘fence’ equal in height to the façades of the ground floor, and each fence contains a ‘gate’ allowing access to the patio from the main public space. A number of mature green areas surrounding the site have been incorporated into the landscaping, while in contrast each patio will be planted with red Japanese Maple trees.

Read more about Campus Hoogvliet

October 19, 2012

An article on Wiel Arets is published in 'Dezeen'

Dezeen, one of the world's most influential architecture and design blogs, has recently published an article spotlighting the curriculum changes Dean Wiel Arets intends to introduce to IIT's College of Architecture in Chicago. States Dezeen: 'Dutch architect Wiel Arets has set out his vision for the school, rejecting fashionable form-making in favor of greater concern for the public realm.' Arets added: 'What we saw during the boom was that people first made a shape and then said, "What can we do with it?" That worries me. There should always be a relationship between form, concept, programmatic forces, and sustainability. Form should not be autonomous. It should not be a fashionable thing.'

Read the full article at Dezeen

October 18, 2012

An extensive interview with Wiel Arets is published in 'Architect'

Architect, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects, has published an extensive interview between Wiel Arets and Stanley Tigerman, the former director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Arets and Tigerman begin the conversation by discussing Arets' previous teaching experiences, and how these experiences shape his approach to academia. Arets continues by emphasizing his belief in research and cross-discipline collaboration, the ways in which the school's degree programs might evolve, and how he foresees the school becoming an international meeting-point for poignant architectural and design debate.

Read the full interview at Architect

October 17, 2012

WAA book presentation at 'Do you read me?' in Berlin on November 13th

Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhaüser, 2012) is a new book edited by Robert McCarter and designed by Irma Boom. 'do you read me?!', the renowned Berlin bookshop, will host the first presentation and signing of the publication in their 'Reading Room' located in Berlin-Tiergarten. The evening will begin with a discussion on the topic of 'A Wonderful World', Arets' optimistic outlook toward the future our of continuously 'shrinking' world, followed by a book signing session with Wiel Arets.

do you read me?! 'Reading Room'
November 13th, 2012 19:00

Potsdamer Straße 98
Berlin, Germany

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October 16, 2012

La Biennale di Venezia publishes the 2012 Awards Ceremony

The 2012 Venice Biennale currently hosts the 13th International Architecture Exhibition–'Common Ground'–which lasts until November 15, 2012. As 'President of the International Jury', Wiel Arets oversaw the judging of the event's awards before its opening to the public, with the 'Golden Lion for Best National Participation' awarded to the Japanese Pavilion, curated by Toyo Ito and entitled 'Home-for-all'. Wiel Arets discussed his thoughts on the festivities, why the 'Torre David/Grand Horizonte' installation received the 'Golden Lion for the Best Project', and the ways in which architects might further promote cross-discipline collaboration.

Watch the full awards ceremony

October 13, 2012

Wiel Arets appointed Dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Provost Alan Cramb announced today the appointment of Wiel Arets as the new Dean of the IIT College of Architecture. Arets is known for his academic progressive research and hybrid design solutions. He is currently the Professor of Building Planning and Design at the Berlin University of the Arts, and the work of his architecture and design practice has been nominated for the EU's celebrated ‘Mies van der Rohe Award’ on numerous occasions. 

Arets, who was Dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam from 1995-2002, will join IIT this fall and will lead an academic program…

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October 11, 2012

An article on Wiel Arets is published in 'Crain's Chicago Business'

Crain's Chicago Business, a leading business publication in the 'Windy City', has published an extensive article on Wiel Arets highlighting his recent appointment as the Dean of IIT's College of Architecture and the challenges he faces in 'coming to terms with the ghost of Mies van der Rohe'. States the article's author, Robert Sharoff: 'Mr. Arets, who is Dutch, is the first non-American to hold the position since Mies. He is a hyper-articulate, 57-year-old polymath with a wide-ranging academic résumé that includes stints as Dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam as well as teaching positions at Columbia University and Cooper Union.'

Read the article at ChicagoBusiness.com

 

October 10, 2012

WAA progress construction on the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich

Once completed, the Allianz Headquarters will be composed of a 20-story tower and a 5-story annex. Upon entering the lobby of the complex, a monumental sculptural staircase will rise 72 m–the entire height of the building. Multi-story voids create short cuts between floors through the use of open stairways. Circulation to and from these stairs and voids is toward and perpendicular to the outer glass skin, while circulation on each floor takes place along and parallel to the façade, so that the buildings are always alive with movement.

Read more about Allianz Headquarters

 

October 8, 2012

WAA publish 'Wiel Arets: Inspiration and Process in Architecture'

Moleskine will soon publish Wiel Arets: Inspiration and Process in Architecture. The book opens with an essay by Kenneth Frampton, which highlights the evolution of the studio's work over the last 25 years, while previously unpublished hand sketches and colored pencil perspectives from the late 1980s and early 1990s fill the pages. An extensive interview with Arets concludes the book, unraveling his words, works, and working methods. Moleskin states: 'Exacting, oversized perspective views are alternated with schematic diagrams, fixing nascent ideas onto paper. These materials reveal an attitude and approach to design which are more concerned with content than with form.'

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October 6, 2012

The AZL Pension Fund Headquarters is nominated for the 'Betonprijs 2012'

The AZL Pension Fund Headquarters, an extension to an existing office building dating from the 1940s and located in the center of Heerlen, the Netherlands, has been nominated for the Dutch 'Betonprijs 2012' ('Concrete Prize' in English), for the category of 'Renovation'. The full list of  winners will be announced on November 14th, 2012 at the award's ceremony in Rotterdam. 

October 4, 2012

Living Madrid is published in 'PLOT'

The October 2012 issue of the Argentinean publication PLOT includes a 16 page spread featuring Living Madrid, a housing project located on the edge of Parque de Pradolongo in Madrid.

Read more about Living Madrid

October 3, 2012

'A Wonderful World' exhibited at 'Metropolis' in Utrecht

Two pieces from the exhibition 'A Wonderful World', originally on display in Antwerp during late 2011, have been chosen for inclusion in the exhibition 'Metropolis' in Utrecht, opening Sunday October 14th at 16:00. The exhibition is being hosted by 'Kunstliefde' and will feature artists from the Netherlands, Germany, and the USA. The exhibition seeks to explore how 'the city' is a representation of our culture, and specifically how it has become our accepted daily habitat.

October 14-November 18, 2012
Wednesday-Sunday 13:00-17:00

Metropolis
Nobelstraat 12a
3512 EN Utrecht
the Netherlands

October 1, 2012

Baunetz reviews 'Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References'

Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhäuser, 2012) is currently featured in the book review section of the German publication BaunetzWoche #289. Baunetz states: 'Author and editor Robert McCarter has produced a truly mammoth work. With more than 500 pages of alternating interviews, lectures, and discussions, all easily read at your own pace, alongside pictures and project descriptions–the book's colored 'tab' structure compliments its content.' 

Read the full review at Baunetz

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September 28, 2012

Wiel Arets to lecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture

On October 3rd, 2012 at 18:30, Wiel Arets will publicly lecture at the the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, located in Crown Hall, discussing recent works of WAA and his recent appointment as the school's newest Dean. The lecture is the third of the school's fall 2012 lecture series, and will highlight recent developments in the work of WAA, and simultaneously attempt to bridge the gap between architecture and wider issues, such as culture, transportation, the countryside, and public spaces in cities.

S. R. Crown Hall
October 3, 2012 18:30

3360 South State Street 
Chicago, Illinois 60616
United States of America

September 10, 2012

Wiel Arets interviewed on the Dutch radio program 'De Avonden'

Wiel Arets will be in conversation with Susan Boorst on the Dutch language radio program 'De Avonden', which will air in the Netherlands on September 12, 2012 at 21:00 on Radio 6. 'De Avonden' is a daily cultural radio program that has previously featured interviews and conversations with some of the Netherlands' most prominent designers, artists, and makers. Arets will discuss the recently published book Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References, in addition to his appointment as Dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, USA–which was from 1938-1958 under the direction of Mies van der Rohe–and how he foresees leading and reshaping the school's academic focus.

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September 6, 2012

WAA progress construction on the Truman Plaza in Berlin

Located in Berlin Zehlendorf, the Truman Plaza is part of a larger master plan that balances its historic context with the integration of a delicate onsite Grunewald forest. Offices, retail, health, and sports facilities form an urban cluster around a public plaza within this leafy borough on berlin's edge; a series of staggered volumes' height graduations and setbacks provide a rhythm and framework, while a taller two-part structure anchors the plaza to its site. Pathways stem from this plaza to the Grunewald forest. Multiple terraces–at varying heights–define the ensemble's visual relationship to its site, which fosters 'interiority', while a small pavilion near the forest hosts a café. 

Read more about the Truman Plaza

August 22, 2012

'Perspectives' part of the 'Reset the City' film series in Den Bosch

Perspectives, a documentary on the life and work of Dutch architect Wiel Arets, produced by George Vogelaar, will be screened as part of the 'Reset the City' film series taking place in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, on October 2nd and December 17th, 2012, in cooperation with the Bosch Architectuur Initiatief. The documentary sketches an image of an enthusiastic and tireless architect working throughout the world. Set within the Netherlands, Milan, Zürich, Berlin, and Tokyo, the producers travelled with Arets for months, talking with him along the way about his ideas and theories as they relate to architecture, design, and metropolitan…

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July 25, 2012

WAA publish 'Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References'

Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhäuser, 2012) offers a unique and unparalleled view of this internationally renowned architect. Arets' optimistic outlook toward the future, which he calls 'A Wonderful World: A New Map of the World', underlies his global philosophy. This book presents Arets' lectures on that topic, debates between him and other thinkers and makers, 60 exemplary designs from his studio, and an extensive series of interviews with Arets. Within these texts his background, education, projects, and teachings are interwoven in a discussion that highlights the evolution of his career. Edited by Robert McCarter and designed by Irma Boom, the book will launch in summer 2012.

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July 10, 2012

WAA progress construction on the AvB Tower in The Hague

The AvB Tower will be located at the Anna van Bueren Square in the center of The Hague, and is an extension of the ‘commuter-leisure’ concept currently emerging in the world’s metropolises. 396 spacious ‘guest-rooms’ will function as studios with floor-to-ceiling sliding yellow-tinted glass panels, providing views to the adjacent square, the skyline of The Hague, and the North Sea beyond. Located next to the city's Central Station, at the intersection of urban envelope and square, the tower was designed to encourage an amplified ‘interiority’ within and around the Anne van Bueren Square.

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July 8, 2012

Wiel Arets appointed president of the jury of the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture

Wiel Arets has been appointed to the International Jury of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, as part of the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture. This year's festivities are entitled 'Common Ground', directed by David Chipperfield, and will last from August 29th to November 25th, 2012.

July 5, 2012

Wiel Arets lectures at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus

On July 5th, 2012 at 18:30 Wiel Arets publicly lectured at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, discussing recent works of WAA. The lecture was the last of the school's 'Get in Touch with the Dutch' summer lecture series, highlighting the Dutch influence in global architecture, while simultaneously bridging the gap between architecture and wider issues, such as culture and the urban environment.

June 20, 2012

WAA progress construction on Schwäbisch Media in Ravensburg

The building will house the new headquarters of a company active in many facets of the media, utilizing the notion of 'villas'. A transparent glazed outer membrane will wrap the interior and exterior spaces, imparting a singular identity to the project as well as allowing the individual 'villas' to be distinguished. For those working in the building, the smaller areas of each working unit allow a sense of place and comfort, which will lend a rather domestic character to the experience of inhabitation.

Read more about Schwäbisch Media

June 3, 2012

The AvB Tower is published in 'MARK'

The AvB Tower, to be located in The Hague, is currently featured in the June/July 2012 issue of the Dutch publication MARK.

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June 1, 2012

The H' House is published in 'Wohnrevue'

The June 2012 issue of the Swiss publication Wohnrevue includes a 9 page spread featuring the the H' House, located in Maastricht.

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May 22, 2012

WAA progress construction on the V' House in Maastricht

Designed for a couple that collects vintage cars, the entrance is a covered outdoor space where several of the owners’ cars can be placed. From this main entrance the house is accessed via a ramp leading through all floors, while secondary circulation consists of an elevator and staircase, allowing for a vertical shortcuts. 3x3 m sliding doors perforate the structural façade, complimented by the in-situ concrete. Together with custom furnishings, the house is an expression of free space in a regulated heritage context.

Read more about the V' House

May 18, 2012

WAA progress construction on the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich

Multiple voids will create shortcuts between floors within the Allianz Headquarters, connecting floors with multiple staircases and allowing a greater flexibility of work space arrangements. As these voids have been incorporated into the structure, the building is adaptable to individual and future uses in many ways. The resulting voids, and the visual connections they create, will encourage a high degree of social interaction and further encourage use of the main staircase as the dominant vertical circulation path, rather than the use of elevators–thus encouraging 'interiority'.

Read more about Allianz Headquarters

April 16, 2012

WAA launch LaCucinaAlessi at Salone Internazionale del Mobile

WAA has collaborated with Alessi and Valcucine to introduce LaCucina Alessi, launching in Milan at the 2012 Salone Internazionale del Mobile as part of EuroCucina. Made of white Corian®, the freestanding furniture has a unified appearance and is assembled by a hidden joint system, while the upper storage area has sliding doors with an inset pull. The unit is, as shown, equipped with the Alessi Il Bagno dOt faucets, designed by WAA and produced Oras. Alberto Alessi explains, the typical features of WAA's design approach are firmly in evidence in the project's design: '...the tendency for the parts to be…

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April 8, 2012

WAA progress construction on the B' Tower in Rotterdam

The B' Tower is located in the center of Rotterdam, immediately adjacent to the Bijenkorf department store designed by Marcel Breuer in the late 1950s. The individual studio homes and short stay apartments are completely fitted with WAA designs–including custom designed kitchens, furniture, and fittings by Alessi, Laufen, Miele, Oras, and Valcucine. The design stacks three volumes of similar height. The ground-related volume contains a fashion store and a car park; the two upper volumes contain apartments, most of which include a each wtih a cantilevered balcony large enough to accomodate a table for a dinner party of six.

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April 4, 2012

The Utrecht University Library is published in the 2011/2012 'Architecture in the Netherlands Yearbook'

The Utrecht University Library is featured in a six page spread in the 2011/2012 Architecture in the Netherlands Yearbook, published by NAi Publishers of Rotterdam. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication, and as such the 10 best buildings in the Netherlands constructed over the past 25 years, as chosen by the editors, were included as a special supplement–and the Utrecht University Library was chosen as one of these 10 best projects.

April 2, 2012

WAA to design the Blumenhaus in Zürich

Blumenhaus is located in the Escher-Wyss district of Zürich; a 'rough' area of the city and one of the most urban spaces in Switzerland. The neighborhood, when juxtaposed against the backdrop of Zürich's center, is characterized by its relics from the city's industrial past. Reflecting the project's immediate surroundings, a corten façade encloses 23 apartments, ground level retail, and office spaces on the first floor, seemingly merging the building with its existing context. The ground floor façade has been kept free on three sides, maximizing its street-facing retail frontage, while the ground and first floors have been kept flexible, allowing each to be able to accommodate offices, restaurants, and/or shops.

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April 1, 2012

The H' House is published in 'Eigen Huis & Interieur'

The April 2012 issue of the Dutch publication Eigen Huis & Interieur includes a 12 page spread featuring the the H' House, located in Maastricht.

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March 21, 2012

WAA begin construction on the AvB Tower in The Hague

The AvB Tower will be located at the Anna van Bueren Square in the center of The Hague, and is an extension of the ‘commuter-leisure’ concept currently emerging in the world’s metropolises. The first five floors provide space for shops and the lobby, a restaurant, offices, lecture hall, and library–where the academic dweller finds a communicative atmosphere. 396 spacious ‘guest-rooms’ will function as studios with floor-to-ceiling sliding yellow-tinted glass panels, providing views to the adjacent square, the skyline of The Hague, and the North Sea beyond. The hybrid program of the steel tower, located next to the city's Central Station, at the intersection of urban envelope and square.

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March 12, 2012

Wiel Arets teaches at MCH in Madrid

From March 12-16 Wiel Arets returned to Madrid as a guest professor to once again take part in MCH Master in Collective Housing program, itself part of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Arets and assistants Lena Wimmer and John Bezold debated the notion of ’Tokyo Utopia’ with the students, making use of their week-long investigative research into the future of Japan. The workshop focused on Tokyo as a ‘battle-ground’ and its ability to function as an example for a new 'Utopian' society.

February 29, 2012

WAA progress construction on Regiocentrale Zuid in Maasbracht

The building houses the operation center for levees along the river Meuse as well as a lobby, nautical training facility, and public educational spaces. At the center of the building, an inner polygonal void is filled with water, and as such is a constant reminder of the water control of the lock-sluices that takes place within the building. As the building will be in constant use, day and night, its occupants are provided with the ability to regulate the light, sound and view within their spaces, importing a domestic quality to the workplace, while a roof terrace offers panoramic views to the waterways beyond.

Read more about Regiocentrale Zuid

February 1, 2012

Villa Reed Island is published in 'GA Houses', #125

Villa Reed Island, to be located in Amsterdam, is currently featured in the Japanese publication GA Houses, #125.

January 23, 2012

WAA progress construction on the E' Tower in Eindhoven

With a program of simple apartments, the project deals mainly with the horizontal stacking of slabs, from which projects a series of specifically shaped brise-soleils, creating a constant play of shadow on the façade, itself composed of a semi-structural glazing of sliding panels. Some apartments have an internal conservatory, serving as a balcony during summer, and an extra room during cooler months. All other apartments have their own private balcony.

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December 10, 2011

'A Wonderful World' exhibition opens in Antwerp

Cityscapes Gallery presents a solo exhibition of architect Wiel Arets at the Locus Solus Art Space in Antwerp. The exhibition displays new work of WAA, depicting Arets' outlook on the emerging global metropolis, asserting that: 'We are living in a time where technology is invisible and no one seems to be in control. To help us understand this world, we need to redefine the map of the world; a mental construct reinterpreted countless times since 1492. We could read the world anno 2020 as a collective living space for everyone, with individual cities functioning as neighborhoods, each with their own…

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November 10, 2011

'Wiel Arets Architects: STILLS' exhibition opens at Fundación COAM in Madrid

With more than 50 built projects, 20 monographs, a series of products in production, countless lectures and professorships given by Wiel Arets, and four new office publications in the works, the timing is perfect for an oeuvre exhibition on the work of WAA. STILLS shows the development of the oeuvre, expands upon the theoretical background that informs the work, and offers insight into the sources of inspiration and fascination of Arets; from his very early beginnings, to his current teachings and projects. In six short video documentaries, the architect leads the visitor through the cities of Tokyo, Zürich, Berlin, and…

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November 6, 2011

WAA awarded the 2011 Geurt Brinkgreve Bokaal for De Nieuwe Liefde

De Nieuwe Liefde, a theater and community center located in a monumental white building on Amsterdam’s Da Costakade, has been awarded the 2011 Geurt Brinkgreve Bokaal prize. The extensive reconstruction transformed the existing building into a series of new spaces composed of a main hall with seating for 230, a conference room with space for 60, a choir space for 50, a library, a separate restaurant-café, and a grand foyer that decompresses into a central circulation void.

Read more about De Nieuwe Liefde

November 2, 2011

WAA begin construction on the Truman Plaza in Berlin

Located in Berlin Zehlendorf, the Truman Plaza is part of a larger master plan that balances its historic context with the integration of a delicate onsite Grunewald forest. Offices, retail, health, and sports facilities form an urban cluster around a public plaza within this leafy borough on berlin's edge; a series of staggered volumes' height graduations and setbacks provide a rhythm and framework, while a taller two-part structure anchors the plaza to its site. Pathways stem from this plaza to the Grunewald forest. Multiple terraces–at varying heights–define the ensemble's visual relationship to its site, which fosters 'interiority', while a small pavilion near the forest hosts a café. 

Read more about the Truman Plaza

October 25, 2011

WAA progress construction on the A' House in Tokyo

The volume consists of four horizontally divided spaces with floor slabs of varying heights, each connected by a small vertically screwed staircase that, given the footprint of the building, allows for loft like spaces. Two bedrooms and a bathroom are situated on the lower level, a kitchen and dining area on the ground floor, living and study on the first floor, and a master bed and bath on the highest floor, with an adjacent outdoor terrace on the front end of the house. The terrace is located on the south, allowing for the best possible natural lighting, and the façade envelopes this space.

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October 15, 2011

WAA progress construction on Schwäbisch Media in Ravensburg

The building will house the new headquarters of a company active in many facets of the media, utilizing the notion of 'villas'. A transparent glazed outer membrane will wrap the interior and exterior spaces, imparting a singular identity to the project as well as allowing the individual 'villas' to be distinguished. For those working in the building, the smaller areas of each working unit allow a sense of place and comfort, which will lend a rather domestic character to the experience of inhabitation.

Read more about Schwäbisch Media

September 26, 2011

'Perspectives' premieres at the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

Perspectives, a documentary on the life and work of Dutch architect Wiel Arets, produced by George Vogelaar, will have its world premiere at the 2011 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam on October 8th at 17:45. The documentary sketches an image of an enthusiastic and tireless architect working throughout the world. Set within the Netherlands, Milan, Zürich, Berlin, and Tokyo, the producers travelled with Arets for months, talking with him along the way about his ideas and theories as they relate to architecture, design, and metropolitan development–as well as his current projects. The film’s producers also speak to Arets about his choice…

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September 6, 2011

WAA progress construction on the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich

The Allianz Headquarters is an office complex linked and interlocked by a series of bridges and voids. Once completed, the Allianz Headquarters will be composed of a high-rise tower and a 5-story building, both with a program of mainly office space, set within an urban plan based on a modified block structure. The two buildings will be connected by a series of bridges, enabling work, gastronomic and leisure spaces to fluidly interact. Upon entering the lobby of the complex, a monumental sculptural staircase will rise 72 m–the entire height of the building–essentially creating an accessible atrium that visually and intuitively routes users.

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September 1, 2011

WAA begin construction on Campus Hoogvliet in Rotterdam

Campus Hoogvliet is a key project in the plan to restructure the Hoogvliet area of Rotterdam. The location of this new educational and cultural campus lies within the district of Zalmplaat, a postwar area of the city characterized by Modernist intentions and a park-like setting. The project will form a unique meeting-point within the neighborhood, acting as a transformative catalyst to further strengthen cultural, educational, sport, and work communities. The central theme raised during the design process of the campus was the ideas of 'connections', and how the campus interacts with the areas of the surrounding neighborhood, while simultaneously functioning as a cluster of interrelated public and private spaces.

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August 1, 2011

WAA begin construction on the V' House in Maastricht

Designed for a couple that collects vintage cars, the entrance is a covered outdoor space where several of the owners’ cars can be placed. From this main entrance the house is accessed via a ramp leading through all floors, while secondary circulation consists of an elevator and staircase, allowing for a vertical shortcuts. 3x3 m sliding doors perforate the structural façade, complimented by the in-situ concrete. Together with custom furnishings, the house is an expression of free space in a regulated heritage context.

Read more about the V' House

June 3, 2011

The H' House is Architectural Record's June 2011 'House of the Month'

The H' House, located in Maastricht, is currently featured as the June 2011 'House of the Month' in the American publication Architectural Record.

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June 2, 2011

WAA progress construction on the E' Tower in Eindhoven

The project is located in the Stadium Quarter, an area next to the Phillips Stadium in Eindhoven, and is an integral part of the urban plan drawn up by landscape firm West 8. The original brief for the area includes the E' Tower, the E' Block and a slender end-piece of the adjacent block–all apartment buildings in this emerging district. A gap between the E' Tower and the adjacent block will give form to the area's entrance while also providing an outdoor space for use by the tower's inhabitants.

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June 1, 2011

An extensive interview with Wiel Arets is published in 'Abitare'

The June 2011 issue of the Italian publication Abitare includes an extensive interview with Wiel Arets highlighting the technical and theoretical evolution of the studio's work. 

April 30, 2011

WAA progress construction on Regiocentrale Zuid in Maasbracht

Regiocentrale Zuid is located on the river Meuse, which is a water source for drinking, industry, agriculture, wildlife, recreation, as well as inland shipping. The prominently sited building houses the control of levees on this section of the Meuse for the first time in one location, thereby becoming a key component of regional and national water management. Barges, bridges, and lock-sluices between Maastricht and Venlo will be directed from the operational center, the space of which determines the primary volume of the building.

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April 29, 2011

WAA complete De Nieuwe Liefde in Amsterdam

De Nieuwe Liefde is a theater and community center located in a monumental white building on Amsterdam’s Da Costakade that was originally constructed in 1904 as storage space for a local wine company. The extensive reconstruction transformed the existing building into a series of new spaces composed of a main hall with seating for 230, a conference room with space for 60, a choir space for 50, a library, a separate restaurant-café, and a grand foyer that decompresses into a central circulation void.

Read more about De Nieuwe Liefde

March 21, 2011

WAA complete the H' House in Maastricht

The H' House is a detached single family glass residence, situated within a formal garden, which heavily utilizes varying shades of transparency to obtain desired privacy levels. Designed for a couple and sited in a suburban area of Maastricht near the Netherlands-Belgium border, the house was designed for a couple with a strong interest in the arts. Individually an actor and a dancer, and dually landscape architects, the owners are able to keep their landscaping skills honed in the formal garden behind the house, which they occasionally open to the public.

Read more about the H' House

January 4, 2011

Wiel Arets lectures at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam

On January 4th, 2011 at 19:00 Wiel Arets publicly lectured at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam on the notion of 'A Wonderful World: A New Map of the World', asserting that: 'We are living in a time where technology is invisible and no one seems to be in control. To help us understand this world, we need to redefine the map of the world; a mental construct reinterpreted countless times since 1492.'

January 3, 2011

Wiel Arets teaches at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam

Wiel Arets and Robert McCarter of Washington University in St. Louis, researched the notion of 'A Wonderful World: A New Map of the World' in the form of a master class at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam from January 3-7, 2011.

January 3, 2011

WAA awarded the 2010 Best Dutch Book Design Award for 'STILLS'

States the jury, 'Architect Wiel Arets is already the subject of at least 20 published monographs, and new ones are in preparation. Arets himself has always been something of a reader, and his life is not all about form and space: there is room in it for books and other texts too. STILLS is a book that has been created to point up this other side of him. Covering a period of 29 years, it collects in chronological order some 40 texts written by him and a further 50 or so written about him–dark pages set in a single column for his own texts, light pages in two columns for the rest. Years of sowing alternate with years of reaping, years of writing with years of building. An open spine guarantees good handling and triple-thickness front and back covers give it the required stiffness.'

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December 22, 2010

WAA nominated for the 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award for the V' Tower

The V' Tower has been nominated for the 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award. The glazing of the building's skin is fritted with an enamel printed pattern, which ranges from transparent to translucent in a non-repeating rhythm, so that, depending on the angle, time of day, and density of the pattern, one either sees into the interior or sees a reflection of the building’s surroundings.

December 19, 2010

WAA publish 'STILLS: A Timeline of Ideas, Articles & Interviews 1982-2010'

STILLS: A Timeline of Ideas, Articles & Interviews 1982-2010 is a 632 page in-depth look at the words behind the work of Dutch architect Wiel Arets, published by 010 Publishers of Rotterdam. Some of architecture’s most influential voices can be found inside, including: Stan Allen, Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos, Kenneth Frampton, Jacques Herzog, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas, Bart Lootsma, Greg Lynn, Robert McCarter, Dominique Perrault, Hani Rashid, Kazuyo Sejima, Roemer van Toorn, and Anthony Vidler.

December 18, 2010

'Wiel Arets Architects: STILLS' exhibition opens at the Glaspaleis in Heerlen

The exhibition STILLS freezes time, providing visitors the opportunity to explore and reflect on a selection of designs, texts, and images carefully curated from the archives of WAA. Exhibitions visitors can follow the studio’s evolution through a timeline that highlights major milestones of Arets’ life and work. Built projects, model studies, sketches, exhibitions, books, and awards are all on display. A selection of architectural projects from the oeuvre are additionally exhibited through the use of foam models and video presentations. In six short video documentaries, Arets discusses his experiences and thoughts on the architectural profession, expounding on what’s most influential…

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November 26, 2010

Wiel Arets to lecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow

On November 26th, 2010 Wiel Arets will publicly lecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, discussing recent works of WAA. Hosted by The Glasgow School of Art, the Architecture Friday Lecture Series will look beyond the buildings and make connections between architecture and wider issues, such as culture and the urban environment.

Mackintosh School of Architecture
November 26th, 2010

167 Renfrew Street
Glasgow G3 6RQ
Scotland, United Kingdom

October 12, 2010

WAA begin construction on the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich

The Allianz Headquarters is an office complex linked and interlocked by a series of bridges and voids. Once completed, the Allianz Headquarters will be composed of a high-rise tower and a five story building, both with a program of mainly office space, set within an urban plan based on a modified block structure. The two buildings will be connected by a series of bridges, enabling work, gastronomic, and leisure spaces to fluidly interact. Upon entering the lobby of the complex, a monumental sculptural staircase will rise 72 m–the entire height of the building–essentially creating an accessible atrium that visually and intuitively routes users.

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October 8, 2010

WAA win competition for the IJhal at Amsterdam's Centraal Station

The IJhal, to be located on the waterfront of the river IJ, will be Amsterdam Centraal Station’s pedestrian centric area for gastronomic, retail and, leisure facilities for passengers and city residents alike. The station is currently undergoing a drastic transformation to become the centerpiece of the city’s plan to reconnect the disparate neighborhood clusters along the city's waterfront through the restructuring of its public transportation systems. Construction will begin in 2014.

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September 15, 2010

WAA awarded the 2011 ContractWorld Award for the V' Tower

The V' Tower has won the 2011 ContractWorld Award under the category 'Offices'. Its façade is fritted with a pixilated enamel image; this creates an abstract pattern that spans a gradating density–from transparent to translucent–in a non-repeating rhythm. Constructed for a private company that oversees information and communication technology solutions, the tower exemplifies the open, transparent, and efficient cultural characteristics of its occupant.

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June 20, 2010

WAA begin construction on the A' House in Tokyo

The A' House is a detached private single family residence situated on the corner of the centrally located, compact and low-rise housing district of Nishi-Azabu. The volume of the home uses the maximum footprint allowed, though the usable surface of the site is rather small when compared to European standards. Given this small space, the interior of the home benefits from strong double-sided perspectives along two adjacent streets. A roof terrace, with large windows can be closed off by a second glazed sliding shutter, embracing these two opposing conditions. When the elevation of the home is closed, the house appears as a homogeneous sculpture within Tokyo's dense sea of low-rise housing.

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June 10, 2010

WAA progress construction on the Jellyfish House in Marbella

This vacation house is located on a site close to the beach, where the view to the ocean is blocked at the ground level by a neighboring building. The swimming pool is lifted to the roof, where it is cantilevered out as an extension of the roof terrace, providing panoramic views. The house provides possibilities for voyeuristic experiences, such as the window in the bottom of the pool that allows those on the covered terrace below to see who is swimming, and a window in the wall of the pool that allows those swimming to see who is in the kitchen.

Read more about the Jellyfish House

April 9, 2010

Wiel Arets to lecture at Washington University in St. Louis

Wiel Arets is set to lecture at Washington University in St. Louis on April 10th, 2010 at 19:00, discussing recent works of WAA. Arets is currently the Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and will speak as part of the Sam Fox School's Public Lecture Series. The lecture, entitled Architectural Works, will be held in conjunction with the Graduate Architecture Open House.

Washington University
April 10, 2010 19:00

1 Brookings Drive
St Louis, Missouri 63130
United States of America

 

April 8, 2010

WAA win the 2010 Amsterdam Architecture Award for Four Towers Osdorp

Four Towers Osdorp–a housing project located in the southwest of Amsterdam–has won the 2010 Amsterdam Architecture Award presented by the Amsterdam Architecture Center (ARCAM). The jury praised the project's underground and integrated parking garage, thus allowing the project's site to retain its original park-like setting. Stated the jury, 'Within the urban plan of the towers a mesmerizing effect has been achieved. This is particularly contributed to by the stately simplicity and modesty in the design and detailing. The project has all the hallmarks of a kind of 'hyper-modernity' and leaves also a metropolitan, forward-looking impression.'

April 4, 2010

WAA begin construction on Schwäbisch Media in Ravensburg

Several and diverse media types will make up the Schwäbisch Media, to be situated in one building in Ravensburg, which is the economic center of Upper Swabia. The six working clusters of the company will be housed in separate glass office cubes, whose proportions and dimensions are based on surrounding urban villas, which are disposed on several plots so as to integrate with the surrounding historic context. At the ground floor will be a café, conference and event center; walled gardens will externally interconnect the six cubes, which will be wrapped by a transparent glazed outer membrane.

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February 12, 2010

WAA complete Four Towers Osdorp in Amsterdam

Built at the edge of a new park and small lake in the southwest of Amsterdam, the four slab-like towers each cantilever out over the public street, allowing the street to pass under the building at the entry, and they cantilever over the lake at the other end, where they face the park. Between the four towers, the naturally-lit and ventilated parking is placed underground, with plantings on the roof so that the landscape of the housing site is joined with that of the public park, and the glazed entry lobbies are experienced as being surrounded by nature. The façades of the four towers present the subtle overlapping patterns of the domestic spaces inside.

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January 4, 2010

Wiel Arets teaches at Washington University in St. Louis

Wiel Arets is currently the Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor during the spring 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Students worked collectively on developing a 'New Map of the World', and individually on developing a design for a 72,000 m2 hybrid building sited in one of 20 selected metropolises around the world. These individual design projects concretized the conception of 'A Wonderful World', grounding it in the specific contexts of a selected group of rapidly changing international urban centers. In this way, each student was required to give place-specific architectural presence to the collectively generated theoretical and speculative ideas recorded in their 'New Map of the World'.

January 1, 2010

Hotel Zenden is published in 'FRAME'

In connection with 'The Great Indoors Award', Hotel Zenden, located in Maastricht, is currently featured in the January/February 2010 issue of the Dutch publication FRAME.

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