The 100 year old monument is a gift in gratitude from Belgium to The Netherlands, for sheltering thousands of Belgian refugees during the First World War.
BANG! (apart from the English onomatopoeia it is Dutch/Flemish for Scared!) is a contemporary addition to the ceremonious design of the Belgian Monument.
A pavilion that revives the meaning of the memorial by referring to the contemporary refugee crisis. Located at the foot of the western approach it is a dramatically visible beacon at the busy entrance road of Amersfoort.
A road sign with double meaning: the explosion of conflict and the ensuing fear of the innocent victims.
Urban and programmatic study
Havenstraat - Amsterdam - Netherlands 2016
Can you reuse an old prison for the program and the identity of our new school?
As part of an interdisciplinary design team MMX-architecten successfully researched this challenging question the British School of Amsterdam put to us.
Currently, the British School of Amsterdam is quartered on three separate sites in Amsterdam South. For quite some time the school has tried to unify the three branches into one complex of more than 11,000 m2.
After examining several locations the organization set her sights on a former 19th century prison complex in the area. The building ensemble is characterized by a monumental panoptic cross building of 6600 m2 on a plot of 10.000m2. The results of the study are used as a recommendation to the City of Amsterdam for further infrastructural adaptation of the area, for determining the monumental merits of the complex, and a subsequent architect selection for the final plan of the new school.
Recent government policy has put the responsibility of general youth health care in municipal hands. Hence the city of Edam-Volendam commissioned MMX with the design of a Youth Health Center in an allocated space, located in the large new residential area ‘Broeckgouw’.
This CJG will house an array of organizations that will closely cooperate on children’s health related issues, like baby/toddler development, child psychology, debt relief etc.
Consultation rooms in therapists’ practices need strict privacy, and they are known to express themselves as impenetrable bastions towards the street. In opposition to this MMX clustered them in a colorful, rounded pavilion in the heart of the ample space. The clients’ waiting area was projected directly behind the façade. This ensures a lively interaction between the center and the neighborhood, using the 16 very tall windows that embrace the center to their full transparent capacity.
As waiting areas often slowly turn into hollow advertising pillars under the pressure of posters and brochure-displays, MMX designed an XXXL ash wood leaflet-wall that also sections off a little play area for toddlers.
1st prize ‘Den Bosch’ Architecture Initiative’ competition
Wolvenhoek, a parking garage in the center of Den Bosch, offers 471 parking spaces. And whoever negotiates 12 right turns in a car will get a panoramic view of the historical city as a bonus.
By adding a new deck, simply covered with grass turf, this view is intensified ... thus creating a surprising recreational meadow area at 16 meters above the narrow streets of the old town.
Wolvenweide accumulates heat and water, filters the city air and absorbs CO2. But above all: this is the new place-to-be. The empty elevator shaft will be re-connected to a separate new entrance. So that after whizzing upstairs to the meadow you can lounge in nice weather, jog, camp or simply sunbathe with a glass of wine, enjoying good company and a magnificent view.
Steigereiland, a recent suburban addition to east Amsterdam, is characterized by terraced as well as detached ‘welstandsvrij’ housing resulting in a slightly cacaphonic atmosphere.
The villa rebukes this fun fair of over-expressive facades with a blind front, but opens up towards the sun, the clouds and the reed-bordered water in the south west.
A wooden gallery, stairs and roof terrace connect all rooms with each other in a generous embrace around the angular grey core that is the house itself.
Minimalist details support the expressive richness of the materials: fine textured plaster, grainily coated aluminum and untreated, graying hardwood.
High sustainability was aspired. The house is therefore self-sufficient in heating and cooling, and received a grant for its high energy performance in 2009.
The beacon “Zeist by Sea” is a reaction to the teahouse folly which has stood on this site in the past. A folly is a particular phenomenon in country houses and estates : they are often imaginative works in which the spectator is put on the wrong track and will raise questions .
Architect Jord den Hollander has interwoven both the past and the future in the design of the new folly . The beacon shows the mark between the river and the sandy soils of the ridge on.