Archive for the 'Amsterdam' Category

‘FISHEYE’ imagined future in the Delta’s

June 29, 2016

Scene 8_midsection and visual of the Fisheye Laboratory

Fisheye Laboratory,  imagines possible water related future for the World Delta regions. Dealing with water, biodiversity, economy, politics of nature and cohabitation. Cross-linking scales and their interactions from global to microscopic the initial team consists of landscape and architects, artists, scientists (aquatic biologist, ecologist), enthusiasts, spatial planners and governance officials.160330_krat1map with layers of history, ecology, flows, waterdepths, currents

Sailing on our test site Markermeer – Ijsselmeer with Lada Hršak, Saline Verhoven, Takako Hamano, Harm van der Geest, Klaas Jan Wardenaar, Zef Hemel, Esther Agricola, Mirjana Milanović, Fleur van Dissel, Frans Boots, Donna van Milligen Bielke, Ekim Tan, Danielle Huls, Anouk Vogel, Su Tomesen, Teguh Hartanto, Ida Wanders and Many Others.markermeer_sml

learning about the aquatic biology biodiversiteit_sml

NEW WEBSITE

January 18, 2016

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octopus as inspiration for ‘Watereye’ design

Bare with us as the new website is on the way. Website will be presented as an open platform or a ‘tapas-plate’ with ingredients. Research, design and utopias will stand side by side hopefully creating cross – disciplinary energy. Bureau LADA stands for Landscape, Architecture, Design and Art.

Last year was good! Amongst others for The New Institute in Rotterdam and curator Dirk van den Heuvel we designed the performative exhibition design on Dutch  ‘Structuralism’.  Collaboration with Su Tomesen and Teguh Hartanto resulted in tropical house in Jogjakarta and ‘Potemkin Mountain’ a placemaking spatial intervention in collaboration with Stichting ‘Rhizomatic’.

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‘Joglo’ tropical house in Jogjakarta, with Su Tomesen and Teguh Hartanto

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‘Potemkin Mountain’ with Stichting Rhizomatic

This year, upon invitation by Zef Hemel and Mirjana Milanović we are proud to take part in the visionary exhibition ‘Volksvlijt 2016 ‘ on future economies of Amsterdam Metropolitan Region. Currently we are developing utopian design ‘Watereye’ with hybrid organism for water energy, plants, animals and people.

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‘Watereye’ Markermeer, with Juliette Gilson

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‘Rakovci’ landscape villa’s in Istra Ctoatia

Further we are continuing to work on compact housing solutions, one of them the interpolation in Amsterdam urban gap. The ‘Towerhouse’. with E.W and  J.W.  An experimental house in Amsterdam Noord and urban regeneration process in Zagreb, Croatia are hopefully commencing soon.

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‘Towerhouse’ Amsterdam

 

 

ZAUBERPHOTO’S

November 7, 2013

photographs Dieuwertje Komen                                                         text on frameweb by François-Luc Giraldeau                               cabinetmaker Martijn Pekelharing                        

Amsterdam-based architectural firm Bureau LADA has come up with an innovative and compact living unit that meets all the needs and requirements of a creative German filmmaker while promoting an intriguing reinterpretation of the 17th-century Dutch merchants’ traditional lifestyle.Zauberkast

Zauberkast – a neologism formed by the combination of the German word for magic, Zauber, and the Dutch word for closet, kast – is the proposition laid out by the client to the founding partner Lada Hršak as part of the refurbishment of a historical Amsterdam canal house.

The architect’s built-in modular intervention opens itself almost magically, revealing a series of functions that enable up to four programmatic configurations. This 67 cm-thick unit can be adapted to create a living room, a kitchen and a bedroom/bathroom while providing the owner with extensive storage possibilities.Zauberkast

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A white curtain conceals a brightly coloured sofa that folds out deftly to become a spacious bed. As this central piece of furniture defines a clear resting/sleeping area, a small wall-mounted dining table is used to mark a certain distance between it and the fairly simple cooking facilities.Zauberkast

Given the significant housing shortage caused by the exorbitant cost of living in central Amsterdam, architects are now requested to constantly develop alternative space-saving design solutions to make the most of what’s available. Zauberkast may not match everyone’s style of living but it definitely constitutes a promising overview of the current possibilities of compact urban life.

ARCHIVE _GOES VIRTUAL

August 26, 2013

BL_KH_ARCHIVE1_SMLTIME-MACHINE is a range of Virtual exhibitions. First one will open on Friday 30th August at the artist’s complex Nieuwenmeer, Oude Haagse weg, Amsterdam. Our ARCHIVE project done in collaboration with KettingHuls will be  featured. We are curious how will the virtual reflections work, in real-time space. It promises to be an amusing site anyway, somewhat like silent disco, in the search for space.. BL_DH ARCHIVE 03_sml

PET ARCHITECTURE MEETS THE GOLDEN AGE

May 29, 2013

M feet 1_sml An exercise in compact living combining the Dutch Golden age tradition with the ‘japanese style’ Pet architecture. Preview from the opening as a follow up on previous blog…Vertical Niche_sml

COMPACT LIVING_MAGIC

May 2, 2013

130318_zauberkastZAUBERKAST is an exercise in the magic of compacted living. Fitted like a glove into the historical Amsterdam canal house, the ‘Magical Cupboard’ opens it’s doors to all the wonders of living. An entire  house is  compacted within the 67 centimeters thickness : entrance cupboard, sleeping room, kitchen, bathroom and toilet, and storage spaces. With a single Sesame open various housing functions reveal themselves. This is also a flirt with the old house that becomes a luxury pied -a terre in the heart of the city.keuken opstellingkitchen: the fold out dining table extends double with the mirror, four dining guests. An i-pod cooker lookalike warms the soup, quiche  is in the oven and wine chilled in the fridge. The adjacent sofa and daybed can eventually fold out into a full size sleepingSlaap opstellinglarge bed, walk-through closet and bathroom with warm shower make part of the sleeping room. Compacted storage, accesible with the ladder for the change of season or extra kitchen storage.  open deurtjes

AFREUROPE_PAST FUTURE

March 11, 2013

afreur1‘ He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.’ George Orwell. Exhibition at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is celebrating the 400 years from the Golden Age, and all venues in the city are focusing on it. Some parts of the famous ‘Grachtengordel’ or the canal district look very much alike the historical paintings (if we erase trash bins and cars and parking ticket poles). Alike but not the same, as the subtle layers of developments throughout time show through the historical cracks. UNESCO has granted a good deal Amsterdam Centre a monumental status, which works like a preservative. Question arises how will the city develop further? At the same time, inside, the city changes and develops. Controler and Activist_smlTwo almost consequent  projects deal with the question of how to imagine and give form to the future by understanding the past. One of them, the last Winterworkshop (Jan-Feb 2013) at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam was dealing with the question what will the Grachtengordel be like in the 400 years from now.  The students predicted the New World coalition: the AfrEurope, a north south pact of an imaginable non-material society where people will be wearing their mask as the only possession describing their qualities, abilities and influence. Students doubled the portraits in the seventeenth century gallery with copied portraits wearing the future masks. Overcoming the 800 years in time.

with: Lada Hršak, Frederica Jambor, Paul Kuipers, Jerryt Krombeen, Heather Macsween, Wishant Manna, Patrick Rogiers, Eva Souren, Mark van Vilsteren, Thom Zijlstra.Afreuropa_timezones_smlMap of The Afreurope Union

PAROOL_INTERVIEW

July 23, 2012

‘Modernism also belongs to the City’ and is part of us, our memory. This is the title of an recent interview with Lada Hršak brought out on friday 13th, by Amsterdam’s daily newspaper hetParool. As it happens, some of the data in the interview can be taken with a ‘grain of salt’ therefore the credits for the Dutch Embassy in Ethiopia shall be completed with Van Gameren Mastenbroek. More about the topic, and foremost the jounalist’s experience of the ‘house of the architect’ is available for the Dutch readers when clicking on the image.

DEMOCRACY THROUGH ICE

February 8, 2012

The magic phenomenon  of stretching the boundaries of public space: Frozen Amsterdam canals became the public artery during the cold winter weeks. Proximities of street, houseboats and water merge into one: the houseboats being potential captives of both the ice and the citizens. However, the magic of the moment creates a fairytale democracy of citizens united by ice.

COEXISTENCE

June 16, 2011

Following the invitation of ‘Europa Nostra’ to ‘Gashouder’ in Amsterdam, Sir David Chipperfield has given an excellent lecture on preservation and heritage. Truly intellectual and precise, he used the example of ancient Greek vase to illustrate his approach (and presented his fantastic refurbishment of Neues Museum in Berlin). Describing the relationship and coexistence of the old and new, one gives meaning to the other without mimicry or false.