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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’.

Read website De Volkskrant [Dutch only]


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’.

Download unabridged version of Dutch manuscript



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.

Read AJ issue online


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.

Read website A10



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.

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.

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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.

Read website daily newspaper Trouw [Dutch only]


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.

Download pdf [German only]