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Kamiel Klaasse

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Lehrbeauftragte: Christina Lotzemer-Jentges

Innerhalb der renommierten "Internationalen Gastprofessur" der Peter Behrens School of Architecture, lehrt im Sommersemester 2014 Kamiel Klaasse , Partner im Büro NL Architects, im Masterstudio Entwerfen.

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NL Architects

NL Architects is an Amsterdam based office. The three principals, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk and Kamiel Klaasse, officially opened practice in January 1997, but had shared workspace already since the early nineties.
All were educated at the Technical University in Delft.
NL Architects aspires to catalyze urban life. The office is on a constant hunt to find alternatives for the way we live and work. How can we intensify human interaction?
We understand architecture as the speculative process of investiga-
ting, revealing and reconfiguring the wonderful complexities of the
world we live in. Can we compress banality into beauty; squeeze the
sublime out of the obvious? How can we transform, twist, bend, stack, stretch, enhance or reassemble the components that constitute our environment into new and better configurations?
Often the projects focus on ordinary aspects of everyday life, including the unappreciated or negative, that are enhanced or twisted in order to bring to the fore the unexpected potential of the things that surround us.
By sampling existing fragments of reality and recombining them,
gluing bits and pieces together into new coherent arrangements, our
architecture can be understood as The Remix of Reality: the architect as Deejay.

‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

3Vase explores the different combinations in which 3 archetypal vases can be combined into one object and still contain enough water for a bouquet.
The vase can be rotated according to the size and composition
of the bouquet.

Koog aan de Zaan, NL
2003 (design) – 2006 (completion)

Photo: Luuk Kramer A8ernA is the renovation of the space under the elevated highway. A chain of interventions explores unique the potential of covered urban
space: a Skate Zone, the Graffiti ‘Gallery’, Sports Fields, a Supermarket, the Fish and Flower Shop, Parking for 120 cars, the ‘Dry Square’ and a Mini-marina.

Utrecht, NL
2000 (design) - 2003 (completion)

Photo: Luuk Kramer
BasketBar is a grand café/restaurant and bookstore for the University of Utrecht featuring a Basketball pitch on the roof. The entrance for the disabled doubles as a skate pool and amphitheater.

Bike Pavilion
Sanya, Hainan Province, CN
2012 – 2014

Bicycle Club is a design proposal commissioned by VANKE (the
world’s largest developer of residential projects) for a pavilion in a resort in southern China. The protruding roof blocks the tropical sun and is shaped to perform as a small velodrome; a programmed pagoda.

Das Netz
Berlin, Germany
2006 – completed 2007

In the frame work of Stadtkunst Projekte,Kaiak
Photo: Frank Hülsbömer
Das Netz is a sculptural intervention in one of the so-called Baulücken,
the vacant lots that are abundant in Berlin. Das Netz is a suspended
playground, a super sized Hammock and a climbing net.

Funen Blok K
Amsterdam, NL
1999 – completed 2010

Photo: Raoul Kramer
Funen Blok K: these 10 dwellings with precisely same volume, but
radically different layout create a ‘valley’ in the otherwise dense urban
plan. The houses stretch from a 4 story ‘tower’ to an elongated bungalow.

Groninger Forum
Groningen, NL
2007 – 2017

The Groninger Forum is NOT a library, NOT a museum, NOT an archive, NOT a cinema.
Groninger Forum hopes to break down the barriers between these programs.
It aspires to invent the cultural information center of tomorrow.

Gym Hall TNW
Utrecht, NL
2009 – 2011

Photo: Patrick Bals
The competition brief of the Gym Hall TNW excluded the possibility to introduce windows. By partly bending out the facade a gap comes into being between the roof edge and the walls. By introducing this cleaver roof light along the entire perimeter, indirect light will reflect into the hall: heavenly glow…
And as a consequence
the building features an optimistic figure.

Amsterdam, NL
2006 – completed 2012

Photo: Luuk Kramer Kameleon is an immense urban block contai-
ning shopping, parking and housing. The tower, a counterpoint to the
exceptional horizontality of the building as a whole, features a large
opening towards the elevated subway track and serves as a ‘building
sign’. The inner garden is flush with the subway and features large

Amsterdam, NL
2012 – completed 2014 (first phase)

Kleiburg is the renovation of a Modern Monument in the Bijlmermeer
in Amsterdam: 400 meter long 10 + 1 stories high. Kleiburg in a way is the last man standing in the “War on Modernism”. The re-exposed concrete feels strangely humane…’warm’ and incredibly beautiful.
The enthusiasm for this brutal beast is overwhelming.

Groningen, NL
2004 – completed 2009

Prisma is a 16 story residential tower with a medical facility. The building becomes more slender to the top.
The ‘parametric’ balconies are all the same size but as a
derivative of the outline of the building the proportions are all different: deeper and
narrower below and wider and shallower towards the top.

Loop House Heiry Art
Valley, South Korea
2004 – 2006

Photo: Kim Jong Oh
Loop House is a ‘warped’ bungalow in Heiry Art Valley in Korea. The garden is placed in the center of the house.
Part of the house is pushed into the ground to comply with the zoning law.
As a consequence the house spirals around the courtyard
generating interesting spatial relationships and views.

Parkhouse Carstadt
Amsterdam, NL
1994 – 1995

diploma project Parkhouse/Carstadt is a study project that investigated the relationship between cars and the city.
The parking spot can be considered a catalyst of urban life.
Can we make parking garages beautiful?

WOS 8Leidsche
Rijn, NL
1997 – completed 1998

Photo: Daria Scagliola
WOS 8 is a Heat Transfer Building, a kind of central heating system for an entire neighborhood.
The unmanned building could be understood as the village square that is wrapped around a box. The facade is programmed: climbing grips write a text in Braille, nesting boxes form a ‘cornice’.
The transparent backboard for Basket Ball is the only window.

Phantom Pain
Biennale Venice

Phantom Pain is part of the series called Virtual Realities.
The project was conceived just few weeks before the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In the capitals of Europe 18KM2 of office space is left unused.
This equals more than half of Manhattan.
Or a ghost town of 50 Twin Towers.

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