The student’s thesis by Theo van de Beek en HvdH investigating the urban design of W.M. Dudok in the Hague was published in the first issue of the magazine O [now named Oase]. It was one of the early studies to the design principles of the post war city. Dudok’s work is an exception to the rule: his housing districts were not conceived as satellite cities, but are firmly connected to the historic centre.
Research paper of an investigation to the design methods of the architect’s practice East in London. Including a design research to Tarwewijk in Rotterdam undertaken by HvdH together with Julian Lewis of East.
An account of the refurbishment of a housing estate designed by Carel Weeber in the 1980’s. A strategy of adding has been applied. New materials and details accept the existing architecture, and introduce new motifs at the same time. This was one of the first projects of HvdH in his biq period.
An explanatory text on HvdH’s own designs. It is about the search for type, structure, proportions and materials. A strong diagram describing such stabile and prime characteristics of a building allows design to become independent from fashionable additions and make it possible to design beyond the illusions of the present day.
Lecture on the e-X-tenstion congress in Halle, Germany, on modern museum design. The contextual approach of the restoration and the extension of the Bluecoat was explained by referring to the music of the new wave band Talking Heads.
Box set with six booklets, published by Divisare. Five of those present projects with photographs taken by Stefan Müller. The sixth volume contains a revision of the article ‘The Heroism of Rationalism’ which appeared in 2013 as the postscript to the Rationalist Reader.
Review of the Kloosterbuuren project in The Hague by the young architect Elmar Koers.
Conversation with Bernard Hulsman on the Post Piraeus initiative and the importance of a shared construction culture.
Link to De Duitse baksteen bloeit on the website of NRC Handelsblad. ‘A schism appears between Architecture and Construction Culture.’ [Dutch only]
Video on the occasion of the handover of the Oranjeboomstraat social housing project, with Joop Boeren [contractor], Riki Aarden [client], Jan Peter Wingender [colleague architect], Patrick van der Klooster [AIR Rotterdam] and HvdH talking about the project. [Dutch only]
Boijmans van Beuningen
In the series of so-called Inspiration Interviews run by the British weekly Building Design Pamela Buxton talked with HvdH about his fascination for the architecture of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. In 2016 the interviews were published as a book.
Contribution of prof. David Dunster to the conference ‘Liverpool Reconsidered: Urban Regeneration and Cultural Turn’ organised by Brian Hatton at the AA School. He positions the Bluecoat arts centre as a building which opposes a new context formed by the exuberant architecture of the shopping district Liverpool I by offering quietness and austerity. ‘What is required, in general, in urban regeneration is not an architecture which promises a better future, but one that draws attention to itself.’
Rotterdam and Brickwork
Video on Rotterdam brickwork buildings, based on the lectures series HvdH organized for AIR Rotterdam. [Dutch only]
Review of the Oranjeboomstraat social housing project by Hugh Strange in Building Design plus interview.
Conversation on brick, the city of Rotterdam and other matters. ‘During my study in Delft I worked in practice: ever after my choice for architecture there has been a reciprocal relation between study and practice. That has remained: I simply keep on studying. We want to build what we draw and vice versa. As an architect I feel like I am a student forever.’
Interview with HvdH by Anneke Bokern on the design practice of social housing. ‘Es
muss nicht immer alles hundertprozentig sein. Plus a documentation of the projects Lakerlopen, Langerak and Hessenberg.
Conversation between Michiel van Raaij and HvdH about the Hessenberg project in Nijmegen. ‘As an architect he just wants to deliver good work. Work that does not boast its own presence by using repetion, symmetry and tectonics remains “quiet” and inconspicuous.’
In her piece in the magazine Architectuur NL Kirsten Hannema regards the urban renwal as an architectural task of signifcance. She appreciates the everyday architecture of Drents Dorp as a key quality of the Drents Dorp district in Eindhoven as a precondition for the repetition of the scheme.
The very first review of the Bluecoat in Liverpool in RIBA Journal was written by the critic Hugh Pearman. His enthusiasm put the design on the map while the building still was being finished. The title, of course, is taken from a Beatles song.
This review of the urban renewal at Hessenberg in Nijmegen stands out because of its accute description of the four different buildings, ‘houses’. The author Ulrich Brinkmann is positive about the project, but asks whether savings have not been made at the wrong end by providing so few balconies.
A monographic issue of the Italian magazine Costruire in Laterizio, dedicated to the projects by HvdH in his biq period. Including an essay by Hans Ibelings and an interview with HvdH . Igor Maglica edited the issue.
Download pdf [Italian, English originals of essay and interview]
Lakerlopen in Vorteile
After the win of the Fritz Höger Award the jury report was published in the magazine Vorteile. The jury mentioned the ‘Schlichte Formgebung und klare Detailausarbeitung‘, the simple forms and the clear detailling.
Review in Building Design of a housing block in Utrecht which has been designed in cooperation with korth tielens architecten. Although the building is located in a suburb Ellis Woodman thinks it has urban features.