architecture, photography

Dutch and Belgian modern architecture

My bachelor project is about modern architecture and therefore I have photographed some beautiful buildings which I wanted to share with you. In Belgium I visited The porthouse by Zaha Hadid and Umicore Hoboken by Conix Architects. In the Netherlands I visited the Eye Filmmuseum by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects and Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein headquarters by MVSA Architects.

The porthouse by Zaha Hadid Architects
A huge, faceted glass volume sits on the roof of the new headquarters Zaha Hadid Architects has designed for Antwerp’s Port Authority. Zaha Hadid Architects added the glass extension to a disused fire station in Antwerp’s docks to create Port House. First unveiled in 2009, the scheme was one of the most ambitious designs proposed by British-Iraqi Zaha Hadid before her death last year. The huge volume measures over 100 metres in length, almost matching the scale of the former fire station below it.

Umicore Hoboken by Conix Architects
A giant zinc-plated ribbon folds in and out between the floors of this Antwerp office extension for metal refiner Umicore. Belgian firm Conix Architects completed the extension in 2009, which provides an entrance to the company’s nine-storey-high industrial plant. The facade of the building is glazed between the strips of curved metal. The lowest folds of the ribbon shelter the ground floor lobby and create the sloped floor of a lecture room above.


Headquarters for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger by MVSA Architects
MVSA Architects were inspired by superyachts when creating the European headquarters for fashion brands Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger on the banks of Amsterdam’s IJ river. The new European headquarters for PVH Europe, which owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, features 12 storeys of offices and showrooms for its various American brands. To mimic the shape and style of the streamlined boats that sail past, the architects set the upper 10 floors at a slight cantilever so that the building leans towards the water’s edge.

Eye Filmmuseum by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Vienna-based firm Delugan Meissl associated architects has recently completed the ‘EYE film institute’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Derived from the concept of film as an illusion of light, space and movement which becomes a reality through projection, this structure builds upon these parameters to create a spatial experience with human motion. The exterior’s geometry implies the interior’s spatial progression while forming facets to introduce diverse lighting conditions.

Photographs by Katja de Gouw
Parts of the text from Dezeen and Designboom




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