By HvdH

The Carpenter’s Eye

Monthly columns for Architectenweb [Dutch only]. 1 Jail Rubbish 2 City Bench 3 Arch-i-Vist 4 Occasional Piece 5 Zivilarchitektur 6 Analogen 7 Testing Ground N 8 Orphans 9 Dwelling 10 Faith 11 Non-city 12 Craftmanship 13 Brexit 14 Acceptance 15 Door 16 Medicine 17 Big 18 Moveable Feast


On Luxury

Lecture on the 10th CANactions Architecture Festival in Kiev with the theme Values.



Pragmatic Geometry

Design analysis of Giovanni Muzio’s Sant Angelo Convent in Milan, written together with Joost Hovenier.

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The Pain Threshold of Architecture

Review of a monograph on the German architects Hans Kollhoff and Helga Timmermann. The text appeared in Dutch in De Architect [October 2016].

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Commissioned b y AIR Rotterdam in 2009-2010 HvdH organized a series of nine debates under the name ArchtectuurCases. For each debate he wrote a programmatic text.

1 Nederland bouwt in baksteen

2 Exotische bronnen

3 Pluk de Petteflet

4 Kant’lend in het tegenlicht

5 Europa aan de Maas

6 Geprefabriceerde ornamentiek

7 Rotterdam en de kunst van het motoronderhoud

8 Onderzoek, ontwerp en stad

9 Het laboratorium voorbij

[Dutch only]


W.M. Dudok and the Urban Image of the Hague

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.

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Tony Fretton’s Norms

Review of three Amsterdam housing projects designed by the English architect Tony Fretton.

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Catch and Steer

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.

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Against Optimism

An essay in the literary magazine the Reader on the house that the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein designed for his sister. The house roots in a tragic family tradition.

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Towards a Critique of Change

Lecture at the Technical University Delft on the architectural history of the last 25 years and the current state of affairs.

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Layer on Layer

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.

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Diagram of the House

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.

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Context of Tradition

An introduction to the work of the Czech-Swiss architect Miroslav Sik in the magazine Oase.

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Alternatives to Medical and Social Care in the City

Special issue of the magazine Layout with a report of a design research to the possibilities to adept post-war real estate for modern medical and social care concepts.

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Real, Solid and Urban

Presentation of housing project by Joost Kühne, office winhov and own projects. The three offices make houses that just look like houses. Urbanity is key.

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Presentation Yearbook

At the presentation of the new Architecture Yearbook HvdH talked about the findings of the editorial team. An abridged version of the lecture was published by Architecture Today.

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Architektur und Ort

Key note address Congres at Rheinterrasse, Düsseldorf.

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Call and Response

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.

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Kosten billiger Wohnungsbaus

Lecture on costs and proftis in social house building on the Construction Trade Fair in Münster, Germany.

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Street Architecture

Monograph, according to the author Karin Templin also a primer on housing and urban design.

Karin Templin, Street Architecture – Work by Hans van der Heijden
ISBN 9789082808209
128 pages, illustrations in colour and black and white, 21 x 30 cm, English

Please visit review by Igor Maglica (Italian/English) here.

Download pdf of review by Jan Peter Wingender (English) here.

Download pdf of review by Daan Jenniskens (English) here.

Download pdf of review by Marko Sauer (German) here.

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On Tradition

Interview in De Volkskrant on tradition and the position of architecture in The Netherlands by Sander van Walsum.


Video Kloosterbuuren

Film on the Kloosterbuuren project in The Hague. The was made by Kortom Video and was directed by Stefan Müller.


Divisare Box Set

 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.


Building Matter

Review of the Kloosterbuuren project in The Hague by the young architect Elmar Koers.

Link to Archined [Dutch only]


The German Brick Blossoms

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.

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Social Mansions

Review by Kirsten Hannema of the social housing project at Oranjeboomstraat in Rotterdam: ‘Much too beautiful, really’.

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The Bluecoat in Context

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]



Oranjeboomstraat, Interview

Review of the Oranjeboomstraat social housing project by Hugh Strange in Building Design plus interview.

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Exacting Material

The book ‘Brick, an Exacting Material’ edited by Jan Peter Wingender contains case studies to the Bluecoat and the housing in Langerak. HvdH contributed with the essay ‘On the Eye and the Mind’.

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Rats Turn Architecture Around

Extensive essay by Harm Tilman on Monadnock, Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven and HvdHA.

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Kontinuität und Erneuering

‘By taking up local stylistic means the new brick buildings continue the architectural qualities of a neighbourhood characterized by variety’, Vorteile, das Bakstein Magazin.

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Improvement over Replacement

Article by Ellis Woodman on urban renewal in a special issue of the  Architect’s Journal Exemplary Housing Estate Generation in Europe. Including a documentation of the Splayed Apartment Blocks.

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Human Habitat

Interview with HvdH in the magazine Stedebouw en Architectuur on the topic of Sustainable Urbanism.

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The Netherlands Remain Building in Brick

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.’

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Weniger ist manchmal Mehr

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.

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As it is

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.’

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Paradox of the Everyday

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.

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Unfashionable Ordinariness

Interview by Hans Ibelings on design principles in A10.

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Within you Without You

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.

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Vier Häuser und ein Fassadenthema

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.

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the Bluecoat, Liverpool

Brochure on the restoration and extension of the Bluecoat arts centre in Liverpool. With an interview with the client and an analysis by David Dunster.

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Resistance in Tile Bond

Review of the Bluecoat by Mechthild Stuhlmacher in Oase.

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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.

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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.

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Brochure describing and evaluating the renovation process of the splayed apartment blocks in Rotterdam Ommoord.

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Life Class

Short questions and ditto answers to the life of an architect.

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Urban Intervention

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.

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Building in Grey Liverpool

Article on the win of the win of the Europan-4 competition and the renovation project designed for a post-war housing estate in Liverpool.

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Modern Tradition

For the occasion of the International Brick Award the German critic Jürgen Tietz wrote a piece on the affordable houses at Pleinen, Hoofddorp designed by HvdH.

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Project books



Werkbundstadt, Berlin [D]

Thoughts on model housing.

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Diagrams of the House

A catalogue of designs for the house, drawn in plans, sections and elevations.

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Het Napolitaanse Palazzo

Analysis of the Naepolitan palazzo and designs by students of Rotterdam Rotterdam Academie van Bouwkunst.

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The Florentine Palazzo

Analysis of the Florentine palazzo and designs by students of Rotterdam Academie van Bouwkunst and Universität Liechtenstein, Vaduz.

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Weigeliaplein, The Hague

Design study to new buildings in the The Hague Heesterbuurt district.

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Frampton Park, London

Design study to hidden homes and new dwellings in Hackney.

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Persoonshaven, Rotterdam

Urban renewal in Rotterdam Feijenoord.

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Glaudé Panden, Groningen

Critical restoration of monumental villas and former Tea Cupola.

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Kloosterbuuren, the Hague

Urban design around a former convent.

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Churchillpark, Leiden

New build estate with apartments and town houses.

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Neue Vahr, Bremen [D]

Winning competition entry ‘Ungewöhnlich Weiter Wohnen’.

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Oranjeboomstraat, Rotterdam

Houses with two doors in two urban blocks.

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Hessenberg, Nijmegen

Four urban blocks in the oldest city of the Netherlands.

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Drents Dorp, Eindhoven

Low-cost terraced housing in pre-war garden village.

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Willem van Noortlaan, Eindhoven

Low-cost student accommodation.

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Green Lane Triangle, Birkenhead [UK]

Urban Block with terraces on a sloping site.

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Grauwaart, Utrecht

Closed perimeter Block with apartments and maisonettes in suburb.

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Grienden, Puttershoek

Urban villas with flexible plans and medical centre.

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Knikkers, Rotterdam

Renovation of four splayed apartment blocks in Ommoord.

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Lakerlopen, Eindhoven

Urban renewal of garden village.

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Langerak, Utrecht

Two low-cost apartment buildings with parking garages in city extension.

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Morgenzonlaan, The Hague

Urban renewal with terraced housing, point block and a shop in Transvaal.

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Tweebaksmarkt, Leeuwarden

Urban study and public space design for historic city.

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Vaartweg, Hilversum

Small project with houses around a court.

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Ypenburg Court, the Hague

Court housing and an apartment building with parking garage at a canal.

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