Claus en Kaan Architecten

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The former Claus en Kaan Office in Amsterdam, Netherlands, was designed by the firm

Claus en Kaan Architecten was a Dutch architecture firm founded in 1987 by Felix Claus and Kees Kaan,[1] led together with partners Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio.

History[edit]

Claus was born in 1956 in Arnheim and Kaan was born in Breda, in 1961. They both graduated from Delft University of Technology in 1987.[2]

They formed the firm of Claus en Kaan Architecten in 1987.

Claus en Kaan designed the master plan of the Blijburg district of Amsterdam and later moved their offices to a building they designed in the district.[2]

Kees Kaan and Felix Claus once stated that their ambition was to extinguish the schism between low practice and high theory,[3] between architecture that serves its immediate objective and architecture that speaks over the heads of its users to colleagues and critics.[4][relevant? ]

On January 15th of 2014 the company released a statement announcing the ending of the partnership between Claus and Kaan, effective January 1st, 2014.[5]

Notable works[edit]

In 2004 opened the Dutch Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique. The building unites Dutch design and techniques with locally sourced materials and constraints, bringing the office spaces up to a European standard, whilst still taking into consideration history and the locality of the place.[6] The Netherlands Architecture Institute publishers said of the building: "It is an exceptional building, designed to a Dutch vision yet constructed using African materials".[7]

In 2008 Claus en Kaan completed a crematorium [8] in the Belgian town of Sint-Niklaas, it won the 2009 Dutch National Concrete Award, the Betonprijs and was nominated for the ESCN award in 2010.[9] Catherine Slessor, editor of the Architectural Review called it ‘a powerful statement, evoking timelessness, elementality and a connection with nature’.[10]

The firm designed the House of Culture and Administration in Nijverdal.[11]

It has also designed "social housing" projects in Ypenburg, at The Hague Vinex-location under the MVRDV masterplan.[12][13] The firm has completed an "upscale collection of boxy units" named Rietvelden, after the "Dutch modernist master" Gerrit Rietveld, in a suburban development in Ypenburg.[14]

The firm also designed Mövenpick's 408-room hotel tower that opened in 2007 in Amsterdam's harbor area. The hotel has "a 20-story exterior striped in alternating bands of glass, white concrete and green granite — not unlike an enormous Popsicle."[15]

Selected works[edit]

  • 2012–2014 -National Military Museum, Soesterberg, Netherlands
  • 2012 - Supreme Court of the Netherlands, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 2010 - Gedempte Zalmhaven, Rotterdam
  • 2008–2012 - Central Judicial Collection Agency, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
  • 2008–2009 -Dwelling Edmond Halleylaan, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2008 - El Prat de LLobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2007–2011 -Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen, Netherlands
  • 2006–2009 -Central Post, Rotterdam
  • 2006–2009 -Vancouver, Rotterdam
  • 2006–2009 -Villa Trapman, Nieuwveen, Netherlands
  • 2006–2011 -AM Headquarters, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2005–2010 -Palace of Justice, Amsterdam
  • 2005–2008 -Local Government Office, Amsterdam
  • 2005–2007 -CK Office, Amsterdam
  • 2004–2010 -District Water Board Brabantse Delta on Bouvigne Estate, Breda, Netherlands
  • 2004–2008 -Apartments Eekenhof, Enschede, Netherlands
  • 2004–2008 -Crematorium Heimolen, Sint Niklaas, Belgium<
  • 2004–2007 -Municipal Archives 'De Bazel', Amsterdam
  • 2004–2006 -Academy of Architecture', Amsterdam

Publications[edit]

  • Berg J., Ibelings H., Claus en Kaan Architecten: Ideal Standard, Buildings 1988-2009, Amsterdam, Prototype Editions, 2009
  • Forjaz J., Gaunt R., Ibelings H., Claus en Kaan Architecten. The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Mozambique, Rotterdam, NAi Publishers, 2005
  • Costanzo M., Claus en Kaan. L’architettura dell’attenzione, Torino, Edilstampa, 2004
  • Yamamoto R., Beauftragt: Claus en Kaan Architecten, Berlin, Aedes, 2002
  • Ibelings H., Claus en Kaan. Building, Rotterdam/Beijing, NAi Publishers, 2001/2004
  • Claus F., van Dongen F., Schaap T., IJburg. Haveneiland en Reitlanden: brief design plan, Rotterdam, 010 Publishers, 2001
  • Claus en Kaan, Michel H., Richters C., Claus en Kaan, Amsterdam, ABC Architectuurcentrum Haarlem, 2001
  • Ferrater C., Claus en Kaan. New generations in the Dutch tradition, Barcelona, Editorial Gustavo Gili, 1997

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schittich, Christian (2010-01-01). In Detail Small Structures: Compact dwellings Temporary structures Room modules. De Gruyter. pp. 174–. ISBN 9783034615181. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Schittich, Christian (2011-01-01). In Detail Work Environments: Spatial concepts Usage Strategies Communications. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 168–. ISBN 9783034615204. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Ibelings, Hans; Strauven, Francis (2000). Contemporary Architects of the Low Countries. Flemish-Netherlands Foundation, Stichting ons Erfdeel. ISBN 9789075862447. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Claus en Kaan Architecten - archipedia". architectenweb.nl. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Claus en Kaan uit elkaar". dearchitect.nl. 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  6. ^ "Dutch embassy Maputo Mozambique - Claus en Kaan architecten". Archined.nl. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  7. ^ "NAi Publishers: Claus en Kaan Architecten - The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Mozambique". Naipublishers.nl. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  8. ^ "Crematorium Heimolen, St. Niklaas (B)". Cementenbeton.nl. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Award". ECSN. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  10. ^ Slessor C., Heimolen Crematorium by Claus en Kaan Architecten, Sint Niklaas, Belgium, "The Architectural Review", April 1, 2009
  11. ^ Sokol D., For a Dutch village's House of Culture and Administration, Claus en Kaan and Claudy Jongstra bridged past and present, "Interior Design", March 1, 2008
  12. ^ "Mvrdv - Ypenburg". Mvrdv.nl. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  13. ^ Raymund R., Double Dutch; housing in Amsterdam, "The Architectural Review", February 1, 1997
  14. ^ Hawthorne C., The Dutch Retouch Suburbia, "The New York Times", January 15, 2004
  15. ^ Williams G., Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre, "The New York Times", January 21, 2007

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