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Mosque Amsterdam completed

The new mosque facade and entrance square in Amsterdam-West has just been completed by the contractor. Two new entrance areas are added to the formerly anonymous building in the Kolenkit neighbourhood. The new facades mark the entrances of the building on the large surrounding square and partly enclose intimate forecourts with its detailed brickwork.

Design Outdoor Accommodation

We’ve just finished the final design for a new multifunctional Outdoor Accommodation in a sports park, situated in the stream valley of the regional landscape of Moerenburg, Tilburg. The accommodation will be used by a Scouting organization, an organization for education on the environment and it is equiped as a primitive hotel to organize summer camps for schools and sports organizations. A new rough terrain infrastructure of sloped concrete surfaces is designed in collaboration with Pieter Theuws Landscape Architect. This terrain offers a diverse soil to play, explore, learn and improvise temporary constructions. The building offers a large canopy for outdoor activities during rainy days and has a high multifunctional space in the core of the building. See the project on the website to find more info.

Presentation Value Lab

On June 24 2014, the Value Lab presented its results of a design research on public real estate in The Hague, during the International Architecture Biennale.

This project has been commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Central Government Real Estate Agency and the city of The Hague to research widespread vacancy and develop strategies to improve the social and financial returns of selling and reallocating (public) property. The Cloud Collective joined hands with Braaksma&Roos Architects, DELVA Landscape Architects, Witteveen+Bos and Alterra to established the Value Lab: an on-site laboratory for the city.

 

Public space former industrial Harbour Tilburg

Invited by the municipality of Tilburg, we participated in a limited competition for the design tender of the Piushaven area. In collaboration with Buro Harro, we proposed a strategy to develop the grounds of the fragmented harbour area step by step. The wild urban landscape is kept intact, while  a select amount of spots along the water are marked with a set of urban furniture. This furniture is easily accesible, relates to the demographics of the surrounding neighborhoods and offers facilities for temporary and permanent activities like sports, play and water recreation.

Hermit Houses @ month of design Ljubljana

The Hermit Houses were invited to give a lecture during the Month of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In ‘How to change the rules of architecture’ we spoke about a new ways of creating architecture in the light of today’s economical and ecological challenges.

The Hermit Houses was part of a series in which selected authors of innovative concepts of Small architecture presented their projects.

Small Architecture – lectures
October 8, 2013, 16:00 and 20:00
Former printing factory of Mladinska knjiga, Dunajska cesta 123 and former Merkur Shop, Dunajska cesta 125, Ljubljana, Slovenija
www.monthofdesign.com

Design phase Performance Factory started

We’ve started the first design phase for a public space transformation at the former Polaroid Camera Factory terrain in Enschede. How to transform this space step by step from an expedition area towards a place for sports, culture and creativity?

Projections on Air

The four public lectures we composed for our installation Projections in Air are now available on imeo. Though they are airy in tone, they reveil some of the thoughts and ambitions we share as a collective.

#1 – Voluntary Death (in Dutch) – “The Designer is dead, long live the design”
#2 – Radical Locality – “D.I.Y. to the max”
#3 – Transcending the Individual (in Dutch) – “On joining forces”
#4 – Manipulation of systems (in Dutch) – “Designers will be designing products with users through systems that they make”

For images of the installation, please visit the project page

Matchmaking in Istanbul

The Cloud Collective was selected by BNA International to join their Matchmaking program in Istanbul last October.

Within a trade mission for the creative industries, this two-day workshop offered eight Dutch offices an opportunity to meet Turkish partner offices and potential clients. Here, we also had a change to talk about similarities differences between the works and methods of Dutch and Turkish architects. More information on the workshop can be found here:http://k2studioistanbul.wordpress.com.We have teamed up with Dome, SO? and wUrck to discuss the Küçükçekmece area. Without ever visiting the site, what can we say about this location? How would Turkish architects approach an analysis of this site, and is that any different from our methods?