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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 […]

Great spaces, home extensions
Great spaces, home extensions

A book about special extensions of homes. Besides some pretty pictures of the Twin House by Karelse Aptroot architects also extensions designed by Moriko Kira and SeARCH. Publisher: Linksbooks

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, […]

1000 x European Architecture
1000 x European Architecture

It’s bigger than S,M,L,XL and FARMAX together, so it comes in a suitcase with a hand grip to carry it. 1000 x European Architecture is a book which seeks to answer the question whether something like typical European architecture exists. Among the 1000 projects, one per page, there’s one Karelse Aptroot project and one One […]

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.