This week our first client walked around in our design for his house with the help of real-time VR technology. We showed him some of the design changes we came up with this week.
Real-time VR technology enables us to literally walk a client through our design and guide him along the way. The realism of this experience helps to understand the consequences of the design choices much easier: you can actually see what you get before construction even starts!
P·A SIGNS 'ROTTERDAMSE KLIMAATOPROEP'
On the 25th of January, a call to mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb on behalf of over 50 Rotterdam based companies and organizations was made. The companies, of which P·A is one, call on Rotterdam's politicians to speed up the leap towards a circular and sustainable city. "The time of words alone is over. Rotterdam must now fully focus on actions and build a future proof economy," the signatories state. Besides signing P·A is of course already working on these topics in Rotterdam with our recent research into water resistance and the ongoing research 'Zon in de Stad'.
This brand new project is initiated in our development division and is at this moment being designed by our architecture department. The seven energy efficient family-homes in Rotterdam north will positively contribute to the quality of the immediate environment. The houses will be offered for sale during spring and we expect to kickoff construction work around April 2018.
Pitch Fest at EXPO Real in Munich
The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) has invited P·A to pitch ideas for sustainable future cities at EXPO Real 2017 on Thursday, October 5th. During the ‘Pitch Fest’, leading entrepreneurs from the creative sector will present inspirational ideas and concrete plans for robust and livable cities. P·A pitches a proposal for a combined rainwater beer-brewery, carwash and playground on one of the central squares of Münich to raise awareness for the water assignment that most European cities are facing. EXPO Real is a leading international trade fair for real estate and investment.
P·A contributes to the corporate identity of luzac
P·A is working with education provider Luzac, to ensure that the organization’s corporate identity is visible in each of its 19 locations throughout the Netherlands. Luzac is the largest provider of private secondary education in country. P·A has put together a handbook to guide the organization in the selection of décor. The handbook strengthens the organization’s brand identity and ensures that each facility has recognizable ‘Luzac’ elements whilst emphasizing the unique qualities of the buildings and the local flavors of the surroundings. The next step is the translation of the handbook into a décor plan for each location.
PRESENTATION ‘RESILIENT WEERT’
On Tuesday, September 12th, Jip Pijs and Sander van Schaik organized a round table discussion with the Municipality of Weert, the Province of Limburg and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. In the research design project ‘Weerbaar Weert’ (Resilient Weert), P·A and research partners NOHNIK and Lara Voerman are developing strategies to climate-proof Weert’s historic city center. The selected strategies leverage the city’s cultural heritage to prepare it for the next chapter in its long history. Local stakeholders received the initial research results with enthusiasm. In late October the team will submit their application to the Creative Industries Fund to continue this important project.
MAARTEN POLKAMP REELECTED TO THE BOARD OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF DUTCH ARCHITECTS
Maarten Polkamp was reelected for a second term as board member to the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) during a recent assembly. Maarten is looking forward to building on the strategic plan ‘2017-2019 IMPACT!’, which was recently launched by the BNA.
PRIVATE RESIDENCE ROTTERDAM COMPLETE
The ambitious remodel of Daan and Thao’s new home in Rotterdam is finished. The building, which was formerly used as an office and in very poor condition at the moment of purchase, has been completely stripped and rebuilt. The remodel restores the traditional characteristics and classic details of the early twentieth century building. Simultaneously, bold interventions have been added to the floor plan. The result is a bright and spacious house with spectacular split levels, mezzanines and sight lines.
FirST POP-UP STUDIO FOR #BOTUNEXT
Yesterday, we had our first pop-up studio in Bospolder-Tussendijken for #BoTuNext together with Over Morgen, Urhahn, and Inicio. In the morning we reviewed the first results of our research: sketches, interviews and data maps, and discussed what to explore further.
In the afternoon we teamed up with International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, De Delfshaven Coöperatie, and Gemeente Rotterdam to identify possible levers that can make a positive impact on the big societal and physical challenges Bospolder-Tussendijken faces.
Want to be part of the conversation? Use hashtag #BoTuNext on social media or come by the next pop-up studio at Studio Delfshaven coming Tuesday.
An ode to brick - two competitions
"We prefer a modern white villa with a flat roof, but we suspect that the municipality will not accept it" - was the first comment of our clients, John and Peter, when asked about their wishes for their new home. Our design combines the traditional typology of the area with the modern villa our clients desired. As a result, the house merges into its surroundings. Only if you look closer, you will discover its striking open character.
WE ARE GOING CIRCULAR!
This week is 'the circular economy 2018 week’. The BNA, the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects, launched a campaign to enlarge the exposure of circular design. Architecture firms are taking the challenge to contribute to the ambition to have a circular built environment by 2050. To reach this goal we need new fundamental, circular considerations during the design process. By signing the ‘manifesto circular buildings’ P·A is now a front runner in the strive towards a circular design and building process!
funding for project 'zon in de stad'!
The Municipality of Rotterdam, the Province of South-Holland ánd the local initiative 'Mooi, Mooier Middelland' have guaranteed a contribution to the development and implementation of our 'Zon In De Stad' project. ZIDS is aiming to get the Middelland neighborhood familiar with the potential solar energy has and to stimulate and support its residents to produce energy themselves. The residents who already have solar panels become ambassadors and next to this we are realizing 'Solar Hubs' on strategic spots in the neighborhood.
PHASE I OF INVESTMENT PROPERTY REALIZED
P·A was commissioned by Hanna, an ambitious young woman, to restore and redevelop an early twentieth century building in Rotterdam and turn it into a long-term investment property. The five-story building, which previously housed a health clinic, will become a private residence. Phase I, the realization of Hanna’s (current) private residence, is complete.
P·A welcomes Merel Paes to the team. The recent graduate of the Technical University of Delft joined P·A shortly after receiving her diploma and already she’s demonstrated her versatile skill set. Merel is involved in architectural projects, research projects and has assumed a position at the helm of an important internal project. Come by for coffee and get to know this young talent!
GROUNDBREAKING FOR RESIDENCE LAURA AND MATTEO
Canadian/Italian couple Laura and Matteo have asked P·A to design a unique private residence in The Hague. The project creatively combines two traditional houses into one residence. Construction will be completed in April 2018.
TRANSFORMATION: FROM OFFICE BUILDING TO SCHOOl
P·A has been commissioned to transform a monumental building, currently in use as an office, into a Luzac school. Luzac was enthusiastic about the initial plans and opted for a ‘fast tracking process’ for rapid realization of the project. The engineering, bidding and execution of sub-components of the plan are being carried out simultaneously to enable the Luzac to move into the building in the first quarter of 2018.
P·A contributes to iabr-atelier rotterdam
On June 1, 2018, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) will launch its eighth edition. The IABR applies this edition to the challenge brought in the Paris Agreement. The urgency to do so is clear, the question is how we are going to adjust. How can we bridge the gap between global issues and local places?
The IABR established three Rotterdam Ateliers to research this 'Missing Link'. Over Morgen, Urhahn, Inicio and P∙A will investigate how the energy transition can act as a lever to promote inclusive urban development in Bospolder-Tussendijken (BoTu). In this atelier, the IABR teamed up with housing association Havensteder, the Delfshaven Coöperatie and the City of Rotterdam. These parties have an interest in hands-on and actionable findings. Hence we will turn our IABR contribution into a concrete business case to develop Bospolder-Tussendijken.
watchtower Bergen op zoom
The construction of the watchtower in Bergen op Zoom has officially started. The Stayokay hostel & Natuurpodium we designed opened its doors in 2015 and will now be completed with this tower! It was an honor to have alderman Yvonne Kammeijer do the first excavation on site.
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TEAching for imc weekendschool
IMC Basis Rotterdam asked P∙A to give two lessons on architecture at a primary school in Nieuw Crooswijk, Rotterdam. Merel, Jip, and Juliette tutored a class full of enthusiastic kids. After a short introduction about architecture, the kids went to their first site visit as architects: the Koeweide square in their own neighborhood. In small groups, they worked on new buildings for the square. They designed a house, two apartment buildings, a swimming pool, and a community center. Armed with a potato knife, cardboard and foam they built models of their design and presented these models in a short pitch.
PITCH AND MASTERCLASS WEERBAAR WEERT
The Municipality of Rotterdam, the Together with NOHNIK and Lara Voerman, P·A will present their first findings in their 'Weerbaar Weert' research at the first KCNL 'Kennisdeeldag' conference 'De Klimaatbestendige Stad' on the 25th of January. A short pitch will be followed by two masterclasses on how to connect cultural heritage with climate adaptation through design. Interested in attending?
WORKSHOP ‘DESIGNING SOCIAL INITIATIVES'
The Environment and Planning Act aims to simplify regulation regarding spatial projects and better support social initiatives throughout the Netherlands. In response to this new legislation, all parties (local governments, companies, citizens and designers) will need to acquaint themselves with their new role in social initiatives. Maarten Polkamp has been invited by the Achitectuur Lokaal to lead a workshop intended for anyone involved or interested in the realization of a social initiative. After the workshop, Maarten will give a tour of the Stayokay hostel in Bergen op Zoom, a successful example of a future-oriented partnership between diverse local players. The event will take place on Thursday, December 14th.
“BUILT WATER”: NATIONAL PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH FINDINGS
On Thursday, September 28th P·A presented the results of a large-scale research project that explores Rotterdam’s resilience when it comes to water. Various research partners, including the Municipality of Rotterdam, three local water boards, Havensteder housing corporation and water experts from i.a. the TU Delft were present for Sander van Schaik’s presentation of work carried out in collaboration with DJGA and Brink Architecture and Urban Design. The presentation addressed the mounting problems surrounding water storage in large cities, using the neighborhood of Rubroek as a case study. The results of the study offer practical solutions for smart water management in the private domain.
SHOPPING CENTER BECOMES ‘ENERGY HUB'
In 2014, P·A completed construction of the 30,000 square meter Akerpoort shopping center in Amsterdam Osdorp. In 2017, P·A was commissioned to develop a plan to transform the Akerpoort shopping center into a sustainable building. As part of this plan, the roof of the shopping center will house over 4,000 square meters of greenhouse, complete with building-integrated photovoltaics. Additionally, the shopping center will be fitted with a rainwater collection system. Are you interested in transforming your building into a green building? Don’t hesitate to reach out!