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Building Bridges, Creating Common Ground, Making City

To take the next step. That's the aim of NEXT architects. We believe that connecting places, people and culture is vital to meet the environmental and social challenges we face. As humans, we long for connection in everything we do. And NEXT accomodates this ambition by offering solutions through architecture and contributing to our surroundings with each project. NEXT architects is looking for new answers to relevant questions. Our projects explore the unknown and bring the future closer. We see ourselves as the connecting factor between professionals and users. We specialize in finding creative solutions to add unique experiences to our living environment. The book shows what NEXT has realized in the last 20 years.

Institutional design: relict, revival, or revision

This publication explores the role of design at government level in three essays by different authors. Bart Reuser and Marijn Schenk of NEXT architects analyze from their design practice which expectations the designer should meet at government level.

Architecture as Mechanism for Building Community

In this book, Giancarlo Mazzanti demonstrates that it is possible to situate social values at the core of architectural design. Marijn Schenk was invited to respond to Mazzanti’s work. In order to examine the global relevance of Mazzanti’s Architecture of Inclusion, five projects by NEXT architects are being placed in the context of the five statements by Mazzanti.

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The Future of Architecture

On occasion of his 80th birthday, Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger invited colleagues and students to reflect on the future of architecture. NEXT architects contributed with a letter about the Dynamic City, in which not only the process of consuming the city but also the opportunity to produce it will be available to its users.

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Bart Reuser accepted an appointment at the University of Seoul where he got the opportunity to experience the city of for a year from the inside and analyse its organization. This book is a contempo­rary report of the continuous transformation of one of the most fascinating areas of Seoul: Hongdae. It is a record of the search for the driving forces behind unique solutions for the city, 'Seoulutions', but it is also an ode to Hongdae, an tribute to the dynamic city.

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Seoulutions for Dutch Cities

In this book, NEXT architects is comparing the potential and the limitations of the planning methods in Seoul and the Netherlands. The present Dutch toolbox takes as its premise a static end result whereas, in NEXT architects opinion, the practice should be informed by dynamic and continuous developments and transformations. In the first part, the office examines the controlling mechanisms of urban-design practice in Seoul and collects cartographical information and data from four districts. This is followed by an in-depth study of the district and the collating of the transformation of buildings. In the second part of the study, NEXT architects pinpoints the limitations of the Dutch planning model and carries out design-based research into the potential impact of a dynamic planning method. 'Seoulutions for Dutch cities' was part of a research programme of the Creative industries fund.

Potato Plan Collection

This book celebrates Patrick Abercrombie's famous 'Potato plan' and reveals its potential as an analytical tool for contemporary urban territories. The book gathers together 40 specific ‘Potato Plans’ from various metropolises all over the globe that were drawn and interpreted by local architects, urban designers and schools of architecture. NEXT architects contributed with a 'Potato Plan' of their home town Amsterdam. The aim is to investigate the nature of neighbourhoods and centralities and their role in cities with different configurations and properties.

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Footbridge 2018 Berlin

This book was published by the International Footbridge Conference Berlin 2017. It's a collection of conference proceedings and papers written by experts all over the world. Over the last years NEXT architects developed a portfolio of unique bridges that make a strong connection with their sociocultural context. Michel Schreinemachers wrote a paper which will focus on two award-winning examples: the Zaligebrug in Nijmegen, NL, and the Vlotwateringbridge in Monster, NL. Author: Mike Schlaich, Arndt Goldack Contribution by: Michel Schreinemachers ISBN: 978-3-9818968-0-0 Soft cover, English, 432 pages

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Architecture Guide: NEXT architects

On the occasion of the opening of Holland Boulevard and Rijksmuseum Schiphol, NEXT architects publishes an architecture guide in corporation with Mimoa. Taking the projects at Schiphol as the point of the departure, the guide leads you on an architectural journey along 15 projects designed by NEXT in the Amsterdam region. Including: B. Amsterdam, Campus Uilenstede in Amstelveen and the Melkweg bridge in Purmerend.

You can't change China, China changes you

'You can't change China, China changes you' is John van de Water's personal, disarming and occasionally hilarious account of this compelling and confrontational quest for an authentic achitecture. Are western design skills able to evolve in a cultural context as radically different as that of China?

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Cities Full of Space

Cities throughout the world are becoming increasingly inefficient in their management of the space available to them. Personal land use is also increasing dramatically; in the Netherlands for instance, this is now twelve times what it was a century ago. And this development is expected to continue worldwide. In his architectural practice and as a professor at Delft University of Technology, Rudy Uytenhaak conducted a study into the densities of the built environment and into ways of offering sufficient spatial compensation for the achieved density. Author: Rudy Uytenhaak Research group: Bart Reuser (among others) ISBN: 978-90-6450-669-7 Paperback, Dutch / English, 120 pages

The Layered Country

As a result of the increased accessibility of the big cities in the Randstad, the relative distances between the centres themselves have dwindled over the years. Now that ever more connections completely invalidate the concept of distance, perhaps the question is if we should discard the geographical notion ‘randstad’ and reintroduce ‘time’ as a spatial element in the cartographic exercise. The 2030 Tempographic Map of all movements paints a tempting picture of ´Holland – Layer by Layer’. It illustrates the possibility to use both acceleration and deceleration to make progress. If we vary accessibility, we can equip a country of extremes: a land of metro-poles that contrast sharply with rural areas.

Architecture of Consequences

In this book, 25 Dutch design agencies with strong views present an agenda for the future of the world in which we live. The result is a sample of the creative power of designers and a call to design for a better world.

Office Wheel

The design of the Office Wheel arose from DITT’s request to think of an office concept within a minimal space. NEXT architects designed a piece of office furniture that is easy to transport and transform, so that it can be suitable for all office-related activities. By putting the furniture upright, you can work and rest in it, but tilting the furniture creates space where consultations can take place.

Modern Architecture Game

Playing is knowing. Test your knowledge of the greatest architects, their famous buildings and legendary quotes. The initial version of the board game, was the first project collaboration involving the four partners of NEXT architects. A decade later, a revised version came on the market, including questions that “range across the breadth of modern world history”, allowing a broad and international group of architecture enthusiasts to test their architectural knowledge.

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Slow Glow / Fat Lamp

NEXT architects and Aura Luz Melis designed the FAT Lamp for the Droog presentation ‘Go Slow’ during the Salone del Mobile Milano 2004. Formerly known as FAT Lamp, this product is now for sale under the name ‘Slow Glow’. The light source is immersed in fat. As the heat from the lighting element slowly melts the fat, an intriguing process gradually unfolds. The light glows brighter and brighter and the lamp becomes warmer and warmer in a comforting way. This process takes about 2 hours. After turning it off the fat returns to its original solid state.

DRYTECH 3 | Spacer Chair

In the context of ‘Drytech 3’, NEXT architects, in collaboration with Studio Samira Boon, manufactured two products, a chair and a folding screen. Both products are the result of a technologically innovative use of materials, which is a condition for the “Drytech” project series organized by Droog Design.

Ready Made Bookshelf

More than any other object, a filled bookcase reflects the identity of its owner. At the moment of purchase this Ready Made reflects the collective intellect of centuries of literature: the Top 100 of all time, everything you ought to have read – but never got around to. Filling the case means replacing classics by a personal selection. Great works become bookends to personal favourites.


Prix Versailles 2023 / honorable mention Archello awards 2023 / Longlisted Dirk Roosenburgprijs 2023 / Nominated Dezeen Awards 2022 / Longlisted LILA Awards 2022 / Winner Archdaily Building of the Year 2022 / Longlisted Dutch Concrete Award 2021 / Winner Yearbook Blauwe Kamer 2021 / Featured Rotterdam Architecture Prize 2021 / Honourable Mention Dezeen Awards 2021 / Longlisted CITY TO CITY BARCELONA FAD AWARD 2018 / Nominee NIJMEGEN ARCHITECTURE PRIZE 2018 / Nominee Dutch Design Awards 2018 / Winner National Steel Prize 2018 / Nominee Dutch Concrete Prize 2017 / Honourable Mention WAF Awards 2017 / Nominee NRP Gulden Feniks Award 2017 / Winner AMSTELVEEN ARCHITECTURE PRIZE 2017 / Second place Dutch Construction Prize 2017 / Winner NRP Gulden Feniks Award 2017 / Nominee European Prize for Architecture Philippe Rotthier 2017 / Honourable Mention Dutch Design Awards 2016 / Finalist Roof of the Year 2016 / Nominee Geurt Brinkgrevebokaal 2016 / Nominee ARC Detail Awards 2015 / Winner NATIONAL STEEL PRIZE 2014 / Winner NATIONAL STEEL PRIZE 2014 / Nominee WAN METAL AWARD 2014 / Nominee ICONIC AWARD 2014 / Winner ARIE KEPPLER PRIZE 2014 / Nominee BNA Building of the Year Awards 2013 / Honourable Mention BNA Building of the Year Awards 2012 / Honourable Mention Arie Keppler Prize 2012 / Nominee
Yearbook of Dutch Architecture 2012 / Featured
Chinese Architectural Housing Design Competition 2012 / Gold Medal 
Architecture Prize Almere 2010 / Nominee Europa House Award 2009 / Nominee AM/NAI Award 2008 / Nominee LENSVELT The ARCHITECT INTERIOR AWARD 2008 / Winner De Gouden Piramide 2008 / Nominee