Netherlands

Recycle Office - HAKA Building by Michelle Linden











This new office by Doepel Strijkers Architects includes an auditorium, exhibition, meeting space, kitchen and flexible office space. The use of recycled materials adds a lot of dimension and texture... but my favorite space is the meeting room, enclosed by a series of salvaged doors, which could easily all be opened for shared meetings, or closed for private ones.
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i29 by Michelle Linden






A very clean, minimal design by Dutch firm i29. This minimalist design is really lovely - I particularly like the way they integrated the texture of the living wall into the design - but it is also very unusual for a Dutch firm! Of course, I realize that is a complete generalization, but I'd have to say that the Dutch aren't typically known for their minimalism. Innovation? Yes. Humor? Definitely. Restraint? Not usually. And in this case, it is really working for them...
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2X +31Architects by Michelle Linden



I really love this kitchen/living area by +31 Architects. The materials are right up my alley.. simple, neutral, textured. And those books add a lovely dimensional (and functional) accent as well.






This simple and clean houseboat is a great addition to the Amsterdam waterfront. I like the division of space, with the central courtyard connecting the pieces. Like the kitchen above, I appreciate the use of neutral materials and textures... that stair/ship's ladder is great! But, I bet it actually has a rope handle to help pull yourself up. Those risers look awfully steep!
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