Sustainable City Offices for the City of Ghent

The city of Ghent revealed the design for the City Office of Ghent. Kraaijvanger Architects together with SAR architects are to design the project. “Their project was selected thanks to their thoughtful and clear urban design and architectural choices, for the strong vision on sustainability, mobility and the new way of working”, says Martine De Regge, SCHEPEN of Facility Management of the City of Ghent. The municipal library and the administrative center will be incorporated in one building.


Together with the disclosure of the design on September 13th, the city of Ghent published the public tender for a construction on Site South. The construction works will begin in March 2019.


Sustainable Offices

Back in 2016, the ‘TV Kraaijvanger architects and the SAR architecten’ was awarded with this assignment. The goal was to design a City Office that meets the BREEAM requirements, following a ‘very good’ rating. The city of Ghent  aspires to set an example with its sustainable imago, due to more greenery, and an improved bicycle-complex  for the area of Site Zuid.

About the design

The City of Ghent wants to centralize all public services in one building. This goal is realized with the new building: ‘City Office of Gent’. The old library and the current administration center (AC Zuid) will fuse together into one transparent building with all public services provided under one roof. The new building is logically design providing a spacious layout. A child friendly design supported by an ideal entrance for all. Underneath the entrance a  bicycle storage provides space for 1100 bicycles.

The opening of  the new City Office is planned for the end of 2021.

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Daylight Award nomination for Museum Voorlinden

Museum Voorlinden was nominated for the Dutch Daylight Award 2018. The jury chose Voorlinden because of the daylight quality generated by the building.

Dirk Jan Postel from Kraaijvanger Architects designed Voorlinden according to groundbreaking principles that resulted in a building of exceptional aesthetics and a new perspective on technology and daylight application in museums. Visitors lyrically describe the effect of the light that is achieved by the special designed light roof.

Museum Voorlinden is a Dutch private museum for modern and contemporary art at the Landgoed Voorlinden in Wassenaar in Zuid-Holland. The art collection of Joop van Caldenborgh is known as the Caldic Collection, the largest private art collection in the Netherlands.

In addition to Museum Voorlinden, Musis Sacrum, Kipster, Headquarters a.s.r, Erasmus MC and Hotel Jakarta were among the nominees within the category > 1000 m2. In the other category, <1000m2 nominees are: Villa IJsselzicht, LandgoedLAB, House with Bed & Breakfast and Crematorium Zorgvlied.

Award ceremony
During the award ceremony on Thursday 4 October, the winners will be announced at 4 pm, in the Hoge Raad in The Hague (one of the two winners of the Dutch Daylight Award 2016). You can register for this via

About the Dutch Daylight Award
The Dutch Daylight Award is a biennial award for buildings with special daylight qualities. The award was created in 2008 to reward special daylight architecture and to bring it to the attention of a wide audience, so that this can serve as inspiration for future buildings.

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StiB Award for Swimming Venue Rotterdam!

Kraaijvanger joins the StiB Award 2018! Swimming Venue Rotterdam is participating in the nominations against three other projects. The Swimming Venue is nominated for the award of the most successful  reinforcement area that intensifies the vitality and dynamic of the city or village. We are looking forward to the announcement of the winner on June 7th 2018!

StiB Award

The Steden in Beweging (StiBa/ “Cities in Movement”) Award started in 2013 as an initiative of real estate manager WPM Groep as tribute to the 25th anniversary of the company. Vastgoedmarkt is involved from the start as media partner. Since 2016 Syntrus Achmea awards the price.

The five-headed jury of the award will visit a few nominated projects in April to judge the quality of the projects. Through a visit they can feel how the project integrates into the environment. After the judgement of the jury visitors of the Provada 2018 can vote for their favorite in the stand of Vastgoedmarkt. The judgement of both parties determines the winner that will be announced on June 7th 2018 at 1pm. The announcement comes in the stand of Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance.

Nominated project

Begin 2018 Swimming Venue Rotterdam had it’s grand opening. Kraaijvanger Architects created the design of the transformation of the former municipality office of Rotterdam Zuid to a multifunctional pool. The municipality office was transformed into a real eye catcher that communicates with the area thanks to shops and bars/restaurants.

The Swimming Venue will be judged on if it provides the needs of her users, if it reinforces the urban area, if it reinforces the identity of the city/neighborhood and the innovation of the design.

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Lecture: The ultimate daylight museum

Dirk Jan Postel will lecture during ARCHITECT @ WORK about his search for the ultimate daylight museum. His fascination for the working of light and how light can contribute to functionality and to a special experience of building, interior and art is still leading in his designs. His special interest in light and the desire for a perfect illumination sometimes leads through specific material studies to tailor-made solutions such as 'light roofs' that are created in close cooperation with clients, consultants and manufacturers. Personal vision and a practical research method take various designs along the way to the ultimate daylight museum.

Dirk Jan gives his lecture on Wednesday, September 12 at 17.30. ARCHITECT @ WORK will take place on 12 and 13 September in Rotterdam Ahoy, both days from 13: 00h to 20: 00h.

The lecture and the exhibition can be accessed free of charge after preregistration via with code 445

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public elementary school De Schalm almost ready

Today pupils from OBS De Schalm took 'their' elementary school into use. The school is currently undergoing a large-scale transformation that will be completed by the end of October. Last summer vacation was a good time outside of the teaching periods to do as much construction work as possible.

In 2017, Kraaijvanger started a crowdfunding campaign in honor of its 90-year jubilee. To celebrate not only a party, but also to do something good, OBS De Schalm from Rotterdam was chosen. This school needed help because of overdue maintenance. The help consists of a design and all professional help with the implementation. Stichting BOOR, contractor Groenendijk PGN Bouw and Kraaijvanger Architects brought not only expertise. With their financial contributions they had the largest share in the realization of this initiative. OWA, Edubib, Frans van Hooijdonk Lichtontwerp and Atelier 81 also sponsored the project. The many gifts from private individuals completed the project. View our crowdfunding movie here.

The vision of the school suits Kraaijvanger. The school has great ambitions and is distinguished by its focus on performing arts. It wants to teach its students about stage skills that are important for their development in today's society: speaking for a group, devising and reciting tales and working in groups towards a common goal. Kraaijvanger also encourages young architects by offering them a practice location as a BEP employee. By working on projects like De Schalm during this process, they prepare themselves for the 'real' professional practice.

Contractors and suppliers will finish the work in the coming weeks. OBS De Schalm can then fully focus on teaching and making the pupils stronger and more skilled in a renewed environment.

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Architecture Day 2018

Visitors to the Day of Architecture are welcomed this year by Kraaijvanger Architectsfor guided tours and presentations at various locations.

Binck Eiland - The Hague
Experience live and virtual developments on Binck Island. The urban working environment of industry and offices is being transformed into a lively and high-quality residential area. Here you can live according to the 'Haags Hip Wonen' concept. Kraaijvanger Architects and Local welcome architecture enthusiasts and those interested for a unique visit to the Day of Architecture in The Hague. Guided tours (45 min) at 12:00 and 13:00, maximum 25 people per guided tour.
Binckhorstlaan 401 - 403, The Hague. OV: bus 26, 28 and 46 stop Zonweg and bus 23 Binckhorstlaan Register via Costs: FREE

Guided tour PWN - Velserbroek
Register and get an explanation from David Hess at the head office of PWN drinking water company in Velserbroek. Experience how the transparent and light atrium connects the different building parts and what the design has to do with water? Guided tours at 12:00 and 13:15 at the Rijksweg 501 in Velserbroek. Max. 25 people / registration at ABC 023-534 05 84. Costs: free of charge

The Day of Architecture is originally an initiative of the Association of Dutch Architects (BNA).
In The Hague, the program is compiled by the Stichting Dag van de Architectuur The Hague in collaboration with BNA Kring Haaglanden, Haags Architectuur Café (HaAC), The Hague ArchiGuides, Platform STAD and the municipality of The Hague. Organization: Merel Pit, Riëtte van der Werff and Paul de Vries.

In Haarlem, ABC Architectuurcentrum organized the activities for Haarlem and surroundings (Zuid-Kennemerland region) with the theme THE CITY OF TOMORROW.

Day of Architecture Netherlands
On the weekend of 1, 2 and 3 June, the Day of Architecture takes place in many other Dutch cities and towns. Check the national website where architecture is in the spotlight in that weekend.

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