Video presentation of Recycled island online.
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New photos of Villa Ug under realization.
New publications of Villa BH.
Video of Villa BH online.
Swimming pool of Villa Siga Siga completed.
WHIM architecture is contributor to the travelling exhibition Basic instincts.
This June and July, Premsela held the exhibition Basic Instincts, a multidisciplinary show of contemporary, directional visions in Dutch fashion culture, at Berlin's Villa Elisabeth. New venues for the exhibition will be announced as soon as possible.
WHIM architecture has moved.
The office moved to a new location in the city centre of Rotterdam: Zomerhofstraat 71 Unit 250. This address is within walking distance (960 metres) from Rotterdam Central station. The new location is chosen to improve the service and accessibility of WHIM. Besides the nearby public transport, there is also a good accessibility by car and bicycle.
A whimsical 2012!
Illustration: Villa Al, Almere, the Netherlands
Interior design completed
For an apartment in Rotterdam WHIM designed a new interior. The design results in a more open floor plan and a higher efficiency in the use of the available volume. One of the new elements is a multifunctional closet. The work was completed at the end of January 2012.
Travelling exhibition Basic instincts opening on June 1st in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
This June and July Premsela holds the exhibition Basic Instincts, a multidisciplinary show of contemporary, directional visions in Dutch fashion culture, at Eusebiuskerk. WHIM is contributor to the exhibition with Villa BH.
New venues for the exhibition will be announced as soon as possible.
Work in progress: Interior design communal space office Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
For the communal space of the ZoHo office WHIM architecture is making an interior design in collaboration with Studio DAT. The existing room of 300m2 is designed to fit the desires of the different creative offices that ZoHo houses. These desires exist in the creation of an area for presentations, lunch, drinks, workshops and badminton.
3D impression communal space.
New photos of Villa Ug Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
Villa Ug is the transformation of an existing bungalow into a modern villa. All existing spaces are optimized and extended to create a comfortable new home. The existing roof is lifted to have a more efficient use of the first floor.
Photo Villa Ug, May 2012.
Kite villas sketches, El Gouna, Egypt
Close to a Kite surf school WHIM is collaborating on the concept to develop villas for Kite surfers. The villas have a direct link to the open water.
3D impression Kite villas in Aerial view
WoZoHo; Roof apartments proposal for Rotterdam, the Netherlands
On top of an existing office building WHIM proposes to add apartments for starters. The design improves the social structure of the neighbourhood and re-
Exhibition Basic Instincts, Shenzhen, China
Opening of the exhibition in the OCT Art & Design Gallery in Shenzhen. Basic Instincts is a multidisciplinary show of contemporary, directional visions in Dutch fashion culture, design and architecture. WHIM is contributor to the exhibition with Villa BH. The exhibition will be on show until 22 November 2012
Photo of the opening in Shenzhen
Villa Kb; Villa design for Kerckebosch, the Netherlands
A design proposal that mixes local traditional architecture with the forestry. A maximum of the existing trees are kept and taken into the design proposal as important elements of the plot.
Villa Siga Siga; Final phase completed, Greece
The lower floor of this villa completed construction. The design for this villa originally started in 1998 with one floor. After the completion of the swimming pool last year, now also the second floor is realized. Villa Siga Siga is completed in
periods to match the clients wishes for each phase.
Photo Villa Siga Siga, October 2012.
Photo interior, February 2012.
Photo exterior ZoHo, November 2011.
Photo exterior Villa Ug, September 2011.
Photo different books and magazines, September 2011.
Photo pools July 2011.
Rotterdam Ark; Work in progress, the Netherlands
WHIM architecture is designing an ecologic environment for Rotterdam. Two self sustaining pavilions based on the principles of an Earthship will demonstrate environment friendly building. The vegetable garden will provide the ingredients for the restaurant. The Kids Forest provides a natural playground for children. In the forest children can experience a natural environment and build their own tree houses.
Recycled Island; New impressions
WHIM architecture wants to further design and develop a floating self-
Intergenerational Housing; Study project Avans University
Intergenerational living is an innovative concept based upon the idea that the blending of families, starters, and seniors in social living activities builds a community that enhances our understanding of one another. Intergenerational housing provide a congenial environment for those who wish to connect and share with other generations on a daily basis. Intergenerational housing is proposed as an answer to the cut backs in Dutch Senior Housing.
Principal architect Ramon Knoester is mentor of this graduation project at the Avans University.
Recycled Island collaboration in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Students of the Rotterdam University are exploring the potential of recycling the plastic pollution in the river the Maas to a new floating habitat. The project is a collaboration with the Rotterdam Municipality.
Marine litter is human-
waterway. The Maas (Meuse) is a major European river, rising in France and flowing through Belgium and the Netherlands before draining into the North Sea. It has a total length of 925 km. Rotterdam is the last city the river runs through before it ends in the Sea. Therefor Rotterdam has a large potential in extracting the river’s floating waste before it reaches the sea and becomes part the increasing floating oceanic debris.
Large parts of Rotterdam are below sea level. Floating habitats are climate proof and resistant to flood.
Rotterdam and the river the Maas via Google Earth, March 2013.
1st prize Sofa design, the Netherlands
Sofa design in recycled plastic awarded for realization. The sofa will be used by Stoere Vrouwen (Tough Women) an organization that stimulates awareness amongst shoppers. With the sofa realized by recycling used plastic shopping bags we support the ban of single use plastic bags for shopping.
Work in progress: Design Recycled Island prototype coastal pollution.
Together with a naval architect and a building engineer we are further developing the Recycled Island prototype of coastal pollution. The prototype is a floating house with surroundings. This floating villa is constructed from recycled plastic and self sufficient. The temporarily design is presented in July 2013.
Book launch: REACTIVATE -
The turnover of Dutch architectural firms is falling dramatically, but their number is increasing. A growing number of young designers are taking matters into their own hands, using architectural resources in order to formulate a response to social challenges in the financially strapped 21st century. They embrace a new reality in which users, residents and clients become partners. These architects and urban designers are coming up with new ideas about their profession, investigating the conceptual possibilities of the new reality. They are becoming both developer and entrepreneur, creating their own commission situations, forming new cooperatives and providing ideas that are both inspiring and also practically applicable and feasible in difficult financial times.
isbn 9789078088806 VALIZ/TRANSCITY
WHIM architecture is one of the collaborating offices of the book publication.
Photo book cover, May 27 2013.
Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with a monumental design.
Together with the Mandela on the bike foundation we are presenting a monumental building for Cape Town, South Africa. The design is a sculptural building that resembles the head of Nelson Mandela. The size of the building suits the visibility and accessibility on the mountain overlooking Cape Town and its coastline.
Work in progress: Floating park of recycled plastic in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
WHIM architecture is exploring the potential of recycling the plastic pollution in the river the Maas to a new floating landscape.
Marine litter is human-
Large parts of Rotterdam are below sea level. Floating landscapes are climate proof and resistant to flood.
First sketch Floating park of recycled plastic in Rotterdam, August 2013.
Support from the Creative industries fund NL.
The research to explore the potential of recycling the plastic pollution in the river the Maas to a new floating landscape is supported by the Creative industries fund NL. This support allows us to work more intensively on the project and to set up new collaborations to move this project towards realization. Within the project we are looking into the possibilities of creating a new floating park landscape with the recycled plastics as an important building material.
The Creative Industries Fund NL began operating on 1 January 2013. It operates within the context of the Dutch government’s culture policy and focuses on all the designing disciplines and on E-
First sketch Floating park of recycled plastic in Rotterdam, October2013.
‘Good practice’ mentioning at the Eco-
Rising demand for a better environment has led to an expanding supply of environmentally friendly techniques, products and services in both the industrialised and developing countries. Europe’s first major drive to boost eco-
WHIM architecture has drawn up the blueprint for a “recycled island” that will make use of waste recovered from the marine environment to construct floating living spaces.
Screenshot website http://ec.europa.eu/.
Presenting Recycled park Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Recycled park is the proposal to retrieve plastic waste from the river the Nieuwe Maas just before it reaches the North Sea. The plastics are recycled to give new value to the river. The idea is to make floating platforms from the plastics for a new green environment; a floating park.
Plastic waste is a structural problem in open waters. Via rivers a subsequent part of plastic litter enters our seas and oceans, where it becomes part of the plastic soup. The Nieuwe Maas is an important European river that takes the pollution from the inland to the sea.
Collage Recycled park Nieuwe Maas Rotterdam, February 2014.
Temporarily design for Villa Leonidas Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Design of a green villa for the new urban development Leonidas Rotterdam . The design matches the green environment. The villa is a compact design suitable for its urban condition.
Vision for floating neighborhood Rijnhaven, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Outdated ships can function as floating capacity for the new buildings. The new neighborhood will keep his historical character as a harbor.
Modernization existing private house Geleen, the Netherlands
For a private client we have sketched different options to modernize their existing house. The different options show the potential of improving the current situation with a new organization and glass facade.
Construction started for the extension of Villa BH, Burgh-
On top of the existing garage and carport of Villa BH an extra guest house is under construction.
A new sculptural form is added with sloped roofs and protruding windows. The addition is in the same materialization as the villa with wooden facades and a green roof. The expected completion is before the end of 2014.
3D impression Villa BH Plus, February 2014.
Sketch design for Villa Float Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Design for a modern floating villa, that combines yacht design with modern housing.
Recycled Park commences, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
We will start the plastic retrieval in the New Meuse and will launch a crowdfunding campaign to find continuity.
Video for crowdfunding Recycled Park, December 2014.
Encouragement prize for Recycled Park.
Recycled Park together with Drijvend Groen received the encouragment prize within the Water Innovation Prize 2014. The Unie van Waterschappen every year hands out the Water innovation prize to innovative water projects that can be implemented and result in dry feet, clean and sufficient water.
Photo of the reward ceremony, December 2014.
Sketch design for compact villa in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
For a couple in Rotterdam we made a design for a compact environment friendly villa. The design is for a new green urban area called Leonidas, where more small scale villas will be realized in a bigger environment friendly concept.
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