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Following UNStudio’s design for the ALPOLIC ™ fair stand for BAU 2015, Mitsubishi Plastics have once again invited the UNStudio team to further elaborate on the three-dimensional potentials of this ultra-light yet very strong facade material.
In order to emphasise the exceptional strength of the material and its possibilities for innovative facade application,
the stand is designed as a fully self-supporting, ultra-thin feature without any additional structural elements.
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UNStudio and MDT-tex have joined forces to realise the Eye_Beacon Pavilion for the Amsterdam Light Festival.
The inspiration for the design of the Amsterdam Light Festival info booth pavilion originated from the theme of this year’s festival, biomimicry: the imitation of natural phenomena for the purpose of solving complex human problems.
The design is specifically inspired by the deep sea world, where living organisms counteract the darkness of their environment by employing bioluminescence - often hypnotic pulsating light - as an attraction, communication and camouflage mechanism. This magical vivid world formed the starting point for the sculptural, yet functional pavilion.
The Ribbon wine rack, designed for Alessi, is both a storage device and an object for the table display of fine wines.
Inspired by the Möbius loop, single strips of stainless steel are joined at each end to form a loop. The sides of this loop are then twisted upwards to form a delicate cradle which supports as it weaves itself around the bottle. Each row of curved loops is then mirrored vertically, creating a stacked display.
Ben van Berkel: “Ribbon wraps and embraces fine wines like a ribbon embellishing a gift. It alludes to and accentuates the anticipation of discovery, of surprise and of the pleasure of the aromas and flavours that await.”
The Ribbon wine rack is available in two versions, steel and Super Black.
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UNStudio and PROOFF have won a Silver award in the London Design Awards for our VR Workspace collaboration at Clerkenwell Design Week earlier this year.
The award was granted by The Design 100 London Design Awards in the category Marketing - Branded Experience.
The VR Workspace can be experienced here >>>
See here also the announcement from PROOFF>>>
UNStudio in collaboration with Heerim have won the competition to design the 32 tower masterplan for the Eunma Housing Development in Daechi-Dong, Seoul.
The approach of the residents, which involves the complete redevelopment of their current homes into a new and future orientated eco design, is seen as a blueprint for resident-driven development projects.
Ben van Berkel: “Designing a scheme for a resident-driven development is particularly interesting because you are responding directly to the needs of an established community. They know the strengths and requirements of the area and how they want to see their community develop. This local knowledge is invaluable to the design.”
In UNStudio and Heerim’s design, the 32 tower masterplan becomes a unique and inspiring residential area. The entire transformation of over a million square meters includes the addition of more than 1,500 apartments to the 4,424 currently on the site. To enable this, the existing 35 story residential towers will be replaced with 50 story towers. This will enable the home owners to create state of the art apartments and amenity design and to locate all parking underground, facilitating a new eco landscape throughout the development.
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Commissioned by The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA), in consultation with the Rijkswaterstraat and Amsterdam City Council, a multidisciplinary team consisting of UNStudio (architects/urban designers), Goudappel Coffeng (mobility consultants), GeoPhy (data specialists) and 2getthere (automated transit systems) has collaborated on a study that examines the future potential of the integration of infrastructure and city development around the area of Amsterdam’s A10 ring road and the Leylaan area.
Currently the A10 ring road in Amsterdam forms a barrier that inhibits connection between the inner and outer parts of the city and renders its immediate surroundings both uninhabitable and unused. As
population growth has propelled development further outward from the city centre and along the ring road, an opportunity was identified to integrate the highway and the city in a way that generates new forms of living and improves mobility for future inhabitants.
The result of the study formulates solutions that reconcile the disparate nature of the highway and the city through the injection of new programmes and amenities, alongside improved accessibility, to make the A10 and its surrounding neighbourhoods a desirable destination with a positive presence in the city.
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We are delighted to announce that the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) last night awarded its highest honour, the annual Kubus Award, to Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos for their ‘exceptional contribution to architecture’.
The jury concluded that Van Berkel and Bos, together with their UNStudio team, are more than deserved winners of the 2016 BNA Kubus. “No one controls the creative and technical process better than UNStudio. They prove that in-depth research pays off, as does network-driven collaboration with professionals in the fields of architecture, infrastructure and urban development. The cutting-edge nature and absolute craftsmanship of their body of work makes it both exemplary and innovative.”
The jury’s decision was based on three criteria: excellent craftsmanship, a recognisable and innovative body of work and a relevant contribution to the profession. “Great attention to detail and execution is clearly visible in all the works.”
“Another factor that is in Van Berkel and Bos’s favour is the major contribution they make to dialogue and theory development within the profession. They do so by, among other things, participating in debates, giving lectures, teaching at architecture faculties abroad, and through their many publications.”
The BNA Kubus is the highest honour bestowed by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (abbreviated as BNA). The prize is awarded to persons or institutions that have made an exceptional contribution to architecture in the Netherlands. This year, the Kubus was presented for the 41st time.
The Kubus was awarded on the recommendation of a jury made up of Nathalie de Vries (chair), Steven Nobel, Ton Idsinga, Wienke Bodewes, Willem Hein Schenk and Willem Jan Neutelings.
UNStudio have designed a new urban campus for the city centre of Amsterdam
The tip of Oosterdokseiland in Amsterdam will be a lively environment where people can meet, inspire, live, work and play. Yesterday, the developer BPD agreed to complete the realisation of this area. Spanning 225,000 m², Oosterdokseiland is one of the largest urban projects in Western Europe. The last sub-plan consists of a social hub, specifically designed to encourage encounters, and includes 72,500 m2 of total space for public facilities, apartments and additional office space for Booking.com. It is hoped that the area will be in use by the end of 2020.
Ben van Berkel: “The design for this fully integrated new urban campus is envisioned as a highly multifunctional living and working environment, enriched with special amenity and public
programmes. The urban gesture of the building weaves together with the existing streets, while the east side of the building will become a recognisable emblem for Oosterdok.”
The development of the area was started over fifteen years ago. Through perseverance and a strong belief in the area - and despite a slowdown in its development over recent years owing to challenging economic conditions - planning is now underway for the last two lots. Oosterdokseiland is an inspiring mix of living, working, studying, recreation and entertainment for residents and visitors to Amsterdam. In recent years companies including Vodafone, TomTom and Takeaway.com have settled here. Facilities such as the Conservatory, the Public Library, a hotel and a broad range of restaurants and cafes make the area attractive to a wide audience.
The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects has awarded its highest honour, the annual Kubus Award, to Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos for their ‘exceptional contribution to architecture’.
Extract from the jury report:
The jury concluded that Van Berkel and Bos, together with their UNStudio team, are more than deserved winners of the 2016 BNA Kubus. 'No one controls the creative and technical process better than UNStudio. They prove that in-depth research pays off, as does network-driven collaboration with professionals in the fields of architecture, infrastructure and urban development. The cutting-edge nature and absolute craftsmanship of their body of work makes it both exemplary and innovative.’
Extract from the BNA announcement:
The jury’s decision was based on three criteria: excellent craftsmanship, a recognisable and innovative body of work, and a relevant contribution to the profession. Great attention to detail and execution is clearly visible in all the works.
Another factor that is in Van Berkel and Bos’s favour is the major contribution they make to dialogue and theory development within the profession. They do so by, among other things, participating in debates, giving lectures, teaching at architecture faculties abroad, and through their many publications.
The BNA Kubus is the highest honour bestowed by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (abbreviated as BNA). The prize is awarded to persons or institutions that have made an exceptional contribution to architecture in the Netherlands. This year, the Kubus will be presented for the 41st time.
The Kubus was awarded on the recommendation of a jury made up of Nathalie de Vries (chair), Steven Nobel, Ton Idsinga, Wienke Bodewes, Willem Hein Schenk and Willem Jan Neutelings. The presentation ceremony will take place on 3 November in Amsterdam.
An exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Erasmus Bridge, ‘The Swan of Rotterdam’, will take place at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam from 3rd Sept to 20th Nov 2016.
On this occasion we will also celebrate the launch of 'Knowledge Matters', the new book by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos.
'The Swan of Rotterdam. 20 Years Erasmus Bridge'
2016 marks twenty years since the opening of the Erasmus Bridge. Celebrating this milestone anniversary, UNStudio, the Kunsthal and Heerema Group have organised an exhibition demonstrating the many and varied ways that the bridge has been embraced by the public and become a symbol of the city of Rotterdam.
The exhibition was curated with the help of the public, who have provided personal exhibits in the form of photos, stories and unique objects that are all linked in different ways to the Erasmus Bridge.
‘The Swan of Rotterdam. 20 Years Erasmus Bridge’ will run until November 20th, 2016 at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam
Launch 'Knowledge Matters'
Written by Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos and published by Frame Publishers, 'Knowledge Matters' is an exploration into a more agile form of practice - one that is scalable, relevant and opens conversations about the future of the discipline in the context of today’s knowledge sharing society.
'Knowledge Matters' will be published by Frame Publishers on Sept 1st 2016 and is available now for pre-order (with 20% discount) via the Frame Store.
The companion app / Interactive book, 'Spaces of Flow - Arnhem Central Station', will also be available for iPad on the App Store from Sept 1st.
Further information and sample pages can be found here: www.unstudiobook.com
Following an international competition to design the main Samsung showcase at the Olympic Park Pavilion, UNStudio was engaged to develop a design that builds on the brand’s history with the Olympic Games.
The showcase exemplifies the theatre of multi-sensorial experiences that become possible when culture meets commerce. Providing an immersive retail experience that shifts from
transaction to entertainment, the Samsung studio invites the visitor to experience the brand through storytelling and the simulation of real-world experiences. At once a theatre and a gallery, the pavilion demonstrates what we can look forward to in the future of retail.
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•Release: 1st September 2016
•Written by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos
•Graphic Design by Proxi Design (Rein Steger)
•250 x 220 mm
•400 pages / full colour / soft cover
•Price: €29 - Pre-order with 20% discount available from Aug 15th from the Frame Store
UNStudio has created the exhibition design for the Cobra Museum's 'Constant. Space + Colour. From Cobra to New Babylon' exhibition.
The exhibition runs from May 28th until Sept 25th 2016 at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen.
The concept for the exhibition design is based in the exploratory processes in Constant's work and creates a labyrinthine route through the exhibition, allowing visitors to experience the chronology of Constant's development through choreographed sight lines and spatial relationships. The design for the exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to discover unexpected relationships in the works, that span the period from 1952 to 1959.
Breakfast Session - “We work for tomorrow’s world”:
On the morning of Tuesday June 7th, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM there will be a Breakfast Session at the museum with Ben van Berkel and the Mayor and Aldermen of Amstelveen City Council.
Ben van Berkel will give the kickoff of a series of cross-sectoral meetings focused on research, reflection and debate with the various parties responsible for the organisation of the Netherlands in the future.
For further information about this event please contact the Cobra Museum.
Photo: @Tom Haartsen
In a collaboration with furniture brand PROOFF, we have researched the paradigm shift of the next generation of workers and the impact it will have on the design of the working environment and furniture concepts.
For the Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 we have together developed a VR experience free of the constraints that regular design processes face, taking workspace design to the next level.
Arnhem Central Station has been selected by the jury as the winner of the Architizer A+ Awards 2016 in the category Bus & Train Stations.
Ben van Berkel: “The Architizer A+ Awards are renowned internationally. This accolade by the jury places Arnhem Central - in only its first year of operation - among a select group of acclaimed
train stations and places it firmly on the map as a destination for architecture lovers. This award is also fantastic recognition for everyone involved in the completion of the station."
Zaha was a very great friend and colleague. When I was at the AA, she was an enormously influential, inspiring and encouraging tutor. In more recent years, she had become a truly great friend who I will dearly miss. She was a formidable force and influence within the profession. Her strength and determination were
second to none and what she has done for women in architecture will never be forgotten. My heartfelt sympathies go out to her family, friends and of course, her studio at this incredibly difficult time.
Ben van Berkel
Image source: @bbcarts
UNStudio’s winning concept for the former Deutsche Bank site in Frankfurt proposes a mixed-use development comprising offices, apartments, hotels, retail, gastro and open public spaces. Four high-rise towers, up to 228 metres in height, will provide approximately 600 new apartments for the new city centre district.
The main towers will become the highest residential and office buildings in Frankfurt, whilst the varied programme proposed for the plinth will invigorate the financial district.
Tailored lighting scenarios for activating the urban realm
Designed by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio for Zumtobel, Nightsight is a versatile new modular lighting system which aims to improve the quality, accessibility, usability and security of public spaces after dark.
Focusing on individual requirements in urban spaces, Nightsight provides architects and lighting designers with new opportunities for task-specific illumination of paths, squares, roads and façades.
Nightsight will be launched by Zumtobel at Light + Building this week (13th to 18th March 2016) in Frankfurt am Main (hall 2.0, stand B30/31)
For further information on Zumtobel and Light + Building 2016, or to register for a guided tour of the stand, please go to http://www.lightbuilding2016.zumtobel.com/de/zumtobel
Designed for ProWinko and in collaboration with Beligian architects Jaspers-Eyers, Le Toison d’Or - UNStudio’s first completed project in Belgium - celebrates its opening in Brussels today.
Located on the Avenue de la Toison d'Or, the complex is a hybridisation of a traditional building-block typology and a mixed-use development with a retail podium.
Le Toison d'Or contains 72 apartments (from 50 to 750 m2), 13,000 m2 of commercial space, a 1040 m2 crèche, 330 parking spaces and an elevated city garden of 2,950 m2.
Ben van Berkel: “It was important that the retail units be as open and light as possible. We wanted to contrast this with the apparent solidity of the upper floors, to create the illusion that the vertical balloon-like frames were carrying the building; as if the whole block almost has the potential to float above the avenue.”