The Eindhoven city council has appointed partner and creative director Rob Meurders as chairman of the Spatial Quality Committee (CRK) as of 1 June. In this way, together with a multidisciplinary team, he will contribute to stimulating and safeguarding the spatial ambitions of the city and the Brainport region.
The CRK advises the municipality on the integral quality of the residential and living environment. She advises on urban planning, public space, cultural history and monuments and the design of buildings.
Rob has been working at diederendirrix since 1999 and has been a partner since 2018. He has extensive experience in advisory committees, including for the municipality of Nijmegen, where he is currently also chairman of the RKT Spoorzone.
Last week the Yearbook Architecture in the Netherlands 2021/2022 by NAi010 publishers was presented in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The editors of the Yearbook #35 consist of Teun van den Ende (founder Werkplaats Erfgoed, independent researcher, writes for, among others, Vers Beton and is a consultant in spatial policy), Uri Gilad (co-founder and partner Office Winhov) and Arna Mačkić (co-founder of studio L A and winner of the Young Maaskant Prize 2017). The twenty-six projects in the yearbook have been selected from the more than 180 entries because, according to the editors, they can stimulate the conversation about architecture.
“The question often arose as to whether an architect can still make a difference, since his power is limited. Today’s unruly practice requires exceptional craftsmanship, expertise, or simply persistence and persuasiveness. Which of these properties are used by architects and what are the benefits? And how can clients, policy makers, developers, contractors and residents help make a difference together? If any conclusion emerged from the discussions, it is that architects desperately need these ‘enablers’, hence: Time to talk.”
The renovation of ‘t Karregat in Eindhoven fits in well with the Time to talk theme. The redesign for the existing building was made in collaboration with architecten|en|en. The building has been renovated with respect for the original design by architect Van Klingeren and the original color scheme by artist Van Soest. In close consultation with the owners (municipality, supermarket) and users (primary school, childcare, library and supermarket operator), the building has been given a different layout. Together with the technical advisors and the contractor, the building construction from 1973 has been carefully adapted to the current building physics requirements. With the renovation, ‘t Karregat is once again fulfilling its old promise as the radiant center of the district in the present.
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The afternoon of March 31, we braved rain and snow with our colleagues from diederendirrix and bureauEAU to visit the construction of De Gebroeders in Eindhoven. Although they are two different complexes, it is visible that the blocks are ‘family’ due to the masonry and wood use. The homes are expected to be completed in early July. The location is fantastic, the PSV stadium can be seen from different apartments, and from the roof terrace you can see a beautiful skyline of StrijpS, with projects by diederendirrix and bureauEAU!
Partner and director of business development Theo Hauben has been appointed as a member of the BNA Members’ Council for three years. All office members of the BNA could vote for one of the thirty-seven candidates.
The Members’ Council is the supervisory body of the association. The Council is involved in the preparation of the strategic policy, supervises the board and approves the policy plan and annual reports. The twenty-four delegates of the Members’ Council together form a reflection of the membership of the BNA. Members of the Council are appointed for three years and can stand for re-election once.
‘t Karregat has won the Dirk Roosenburg Award 2021! ‘A project that transcends the discussion about beautiful or ugly. In other words: not a particularly ‘beautiful’ project, but an inspiring project’, according to the jury.
The biennial prize aims to contribute to improving the quality of the built environment. Not only the quality of the design counts, but also how it contributes to the experience and usability of the city and the identity of Eindhoven.
On Friday September 24, 2021, the Henri van Abbepenning was awarded to DomusDela. This prize is awarded every two years by the Henri van Abbe Foundation to a person or institution that means a lot to historical heritage in Eindhoven. The award was already in 2020, but due to corona it could only be handed over now. Diederendirrix developed the plan for DomusDela together with architecten|EN|EN. Both Bert Dirrix and Edzo Doeve (DomusDela) said they were very honored.
Bert Dirrix called the award ‘a nice acknowledgment’ for continuing on this path. “Because a compliment from a good friend is nice, but an award from the Van Abbe Foundation… that has a completely different impact.“
Supermarket Lidl in ‘t Karregat has been chosen as the most beautiful supermarket in the Netherlands 2020! The winning supermarket is located in ‘t Karregat, a building which is recently renovated by diederendirrix and architects|EN|EN.
The award is an initiative of professionals with supermarket and real estate backgrounds. Therefor the focus is not just the supermarket but especially the building itself. Because of the daylight which falls through the transparent facades and through the glass pyramids on the roof, the shopping is ‘very pleasant’ according to the jury. The jury is also ‘impressed by this form of sustainability, where the zeitgeist of the early seventies is fully integrated with the requirements of the supermarkets fifty years later. The building has been given a second life’.
The Dutch Architecture Award of BNA, the association of Dutch Architects, for ‘the building with has the most added value for clients and society’ has been awarded on the 22th of October by way of a festive livestream.
The project DomusDela in Eindhoven was one of the 10 nominated projects, divided over 4 categories. In the category Liveability & Social Cohesion, Mei architects and planners won the prize for the beautiful housing project Fenix 1.
The House of ceremony DomusDela, commissioned by cooperation Dela, however, gained the most votes from the public. Bert Dirrix and Arie van Rangelrooij (architecten EN|EN) together received the Public award from jury chairman Neelie Kroes.
The jury: “We were surprised by the architectonic approach of the building and the innovative program. A functionality which is usually positioned on the outskirts of the town, is placed in the center of the city, combined with social functions and spaces to celebrate. The whole building shows the amount of attention and love the client, the municipality and the designers have given to realize this transformation”.
The winner of the 15th edition of BNA Best Building of the Year is Forum Groningen, designed by NL Architects, commissioned by Groningen minicipality.
An important Dutch Architecture award is the yearly BNA Best Building of the Year award. This award is distributed by the BNA. Not only the architectonical quality, but also the utility value, the perception value and the value added to the community is taken into account. Therefore it is an honor that DomusDela is nominated, out of 103 participants, for this award.
The jury of six, this year led by Neelie Kroes, nominates the buildings which are eligible for the BNA Best Building of the Year. Besides the choice of the national winner by the expert jury, there also is a public award.
On the 22th of October, the winner will be announced in a livestream.
For more than 30 years, the publication Architecture in the Netherlands of NAi010 Publishers, is an indispensable survey for everyone who is interested in Dutch architecture or works in this industry. This year the launch of this book was on the 21th of September in the Nieuwe Luxor Theater in Rotterdam.
The three editors (Kirsten Hannema, Teun van den Ende & Arna Mackic) made a selection of exceptional projects which has been completed in the last year. They describe the most important developments which influences the Dutch architecture.
This year the coordinating theme is: Pleased to meet you, an invitation to start a conversation with each other, to listen to and connect with other people, and to see architecture as a joint project.
The House of ceremony DomusDela in Eindhoven, fits perfectly in the theme Pleased to meet you. The new functionality of the previous monastery and the new transparency adds a public space and a contemporary meeting spot to the city. A public stage which invites a broad program ranging from funeral and marriage ceremonies to concerts, cultural activities and party’s. DomusDela is a new focus of architectural, city planning, cultural and social connection on the intersection of present and history. With this complete new dynamics, an important urban hotspot is added to Eindhoven.
The book Architecture in the Netherlands Yearbook 2019/2020 can be ordered through this link.