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Sao Paulo, screaming vacancy
Sao Paulo, screaming vacancy

Anyone who takes a walk through Sao Paulo’s oldest neighbourhooud Sé on a weekday during daytime will experience a city that probably resembles something between Lisbon and New York. Crowded streets lined by European style monumental buildings and skyscrapers. After closing time of the shops and offices  the streets are dead. Nobody lives in Sé. […]

St Jozef masterplan approved
St Jozef masterplan approved

On December 21st Deventer’s city council approved the new master plan for the Jozef location. This master plan has been made by the city, in close collaboration with One Architecture. The approval of this master plan shows the strength of organic urbanism. In 2008, One Architecture developed and designed a health center on a part […]

A curtain for Keukenhof
A curtain for Keukenhof

The Castle Keukenhof foundation has the ambition to develop the estate surrounding its castle (bordering the famous flower exhibtion garden) into an art-landscape. While the possibilities of the development are being researched, One Architecture has created a first step. A huge curtain at the entrance of the estate marks the start of the transformation.

Art district Moscow
Art district Moscow

Bart Aptroot participated in a workshop as part of the uDUTCHnaya festival in Moscow. On December 6th 2009 the results of the internation workshop were presented at the Center of Contemporary Architecture (C:CA) in Moscow, at -5 degrees Celsius indoor (the institute’s buidling was being refurbished). In the workshop a group of Russian architects worked […]

St Jozef Health Care Center
St Jozef Health Care Center

In 2007 Deventer Hospital decided to transform the monastery of the former catholic St. Jozef Hospital into a new health care center. The architectonical interventions set up a dialogue with three major aspects of the building; the structure of the complex around the gardens, the sacral identity of the building and the catholic brick-hiding-the-underlying-concrete-architecture from […]

Shrink lab
Shrink lab

The Netherlands are starting to see the effects of a shrinking population. It’s already happening on the edges of the country: a decreasing number of inhabitants. The shrink lab, a combined initiative of BNA, Aedes and KEI, studies the effects of shrinking and proposes design strategies to get the best out of it. Bart Aptroot […]

Viktoriakwartier
Viktoriakwartier

The city of Eindhoven has gradually shifted profile, from a monoculture of two large industries (light bulbs and trucks) to the pluriformity of high tech research, product development and art. The abandoned factory buildings, many with high architectural quality, were a blessing for the city center’s demand for expansion. The newest extension to Eindhoven’s center […]

Urban farm
Urban farm

The center for mentally disabled people ‘ Willem van den Bergh’ is relocating more and more of its clients from their too secluded campus to homes in normal residential neighbourhouds. Reshuffling the campus, selling part of the terrein to a project developer, the center saw it unavoidable to relocate its  daycare and leisure facilities. Bart […]

Fatboys
Fatboys

The Overamstel business district in Amsterdam is nearing the end of its monofunctional industrial lifecycle. The city demands more diversity, more space for small scale business, more housing and better access. Fatboys attempts to develop a prototype for a pioneering project. It integrates housing, commerce and a community sports center in one on a vulerable […]

Habiforum: mixing working and living
Habiforum: mixing working and living

After about a century of separating functions in our cities to create cleaner, safer and healthier environments, we have seen the other side of the medial: dormitory suburbs, commuter traffic jams, weekend ghosttown office parks, inflexible monufunctional industrial areas. Can you bring life into residential neighborhoods between 9 and 5? Can housing revive outdated  industrial […]

Marina Lowrise
Marina Lowrise

The residential lowrise is One Architecture’s winning proposal in an invited competition for the marina buildings in the Ajman Freezone Marina development, in cooperation with Urbanberry. The project consists of two buildings with apartments and public amenities along the new marina. The concept of this project is to create a small scale, lively environment in […]

Al Rostamani HQ
Al Rostamani HQ

Super iconical design for the corporate headquarters of the Al Rostamani Group in Dubai. The company logo, a bird flying out, symbolises the company’s ambition to spread their wings and explore new business opportunities. The logo has been adopted in the floorplan of the tower, rotating towards the top to creates a wave like expression […]

Cinema City
Cinema City

The development of Cinema City, on the site of the old Georgian film studios, will start with the opening of Concern’s multiplex and club in the existing pavilion. Cinema City is located on a 3 ha site on the axis between the main railway station and the central city. Located 600 meters from the station, […]

My first villa
My first villa

Urban concept for one of the two former hospital sites in Deventer. The plan aims to offer free standing homes to young families. Small, growable homes, smart building techniques and in some cases shared plots should make the villas affordable for first time homeowners. The scheme also incorporates the old hospital buildings, of which a […]

Farmer seeks future
Farmer seeks future

Booklet in Dutch. In a one day workshop achitects and farmers exchanged thoughts and ideas about the future of farms and farmers in the Haarlemmermeer. Just like in the rest of the Netherlands there is pressure on the argicultural sector to change, expand or disappear. While some farmers seeks ways to expand and become agricultural […]

Z1
Z1

Z1 is a concept house study for a 10x10x10 meter site in Groningen. Sunlight conditions for a house behind the plot and parking space underneath the house created radical preconditions. Building it would have meant choosing only one. That was too painful, so we never built any of the 35 plans. Karelse Aptroot architects, 2005

Rear window, a villa for IJburg
Rear window, a villa for IJburg

In 2005 Karelse Aptroot Architects designed a series of concept homes for IJburg (Amsterdam) together with bureau van Dillen to demonstrate the architectural possibilities for private clients to build their own house. The concept Rear Window was to demonstrate that the plots on IJburg could easily and elegantly accomodate a two-under-one-roof villa with a generous […]

Bonanza, a villa for IJburg
Bonanza, a villa for IJburg

In 2005 Karelse Aptroot Architects designed a series of concept homes for IJburg (Amsterdam) together with bureau van Dillen to demonstrate the architectural possibilities for private clients to build their own house. The concept Bonanza is a compressed estate around a blue courtyard, including a house, a shed and a greenhouse. Imagine a horse in […]

Generating the generic, competition entry Europan 8
Generating the generic, competition entry Europan 8

For the 8th edition of the international architecture competition Bart Aptroot, Joachim Karelse and Chantal van Dillen proposed their idea ‘Symbiosis’ for a site in the former docklands of Deventer. Key element of the proposal is an urban layout that creates maximum transparancy and a condition for flexible development. The architectural elaboration of one of […]

R6
R6

Around 1865 a project developer built a small house along a ditch in a polder just south of Amsterdam. To maximise the use of the plot the house was built as far to the ditch as possible. In the decades afterwards the ditch became a street, the terrain was raised almost a meter and new […]

Superflux
Superflux

All cities either have landmarks, or wish they had one. The city of of Ames, Iowa has one and it’s right in the center but it’s a power plant. The city of Ames raised a question in the form of an open competition how to transform their old but functioning power plant into a true symbol for their city.

Ernst
Ernst

The Ernst Sachsbad in Schweinfurt, Germany, a pool and sanatory, was built in the 1920s in a style resembling a monastery. The building, a protected heritage, will be transformed to an art house, a place to host a permanent collection as well as changing exhibitions, a use which seems to fit the building even better […]

Energy House
Energy House

A former power plant in the urban redevelopment area Stadswerven in Dordrecht is to be the future accomodation for various institutes for cultural education, theatre and pop music in Dordrecht. The institutes, already collaborating, will find new synergetic advantages through a system of large multifunctional halls linked by one continuous floor underneath them. One Architecture, […]

Stoomwasscherij
Stoomwasscherij

The village ‘s Graveland was a popular residence for the wealthy from Amsterdam in the 17th century. A few centuries later the clean water in the area later atrracted many dry cleaning companies.  Now the wealthy are again seeking attractive residencies in the quiet village. Many old buildings are being renovated and inhabited by young […]