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NEXT participates at the Chengdu Creativity & Design Week

At the Chengdu Creativity & Design Week (CCDW) John van de Water, partner NEXT architects, spoke and participated at the event. He presented the designs for the Beijing Rose Museum, Creative Village Dafang and the Lucky Knot Bridge in Changsha.


Since inception in 2014, the Chengdu Creativity & Design Week, an annual capital event, has become a pioneering platform for creative and design exchange in China’s southwest. With hundreds of exhibitors, both domestic and international, the CCDW has a strong influence in the market.

With the support of the Dutch Consulate General in Chongquing, the Netherlands Business Support Office in Chengdu and Creative Holland, leading Dutch architectural firms participated in the CCDW, which is held from 6 to 9 November. A total of four D offices participated in the CCDW this year -  @MLA+ MLA +, Powerhouse Company, Superimpose Architecture and NEXT architects.

View the project: Beijing Rose Museum

View the project: Creative Village Dafang

View the project: Lucky Knot


Marijn Schenk speaks at Wonen In Amstelveen

On Wednesday 30th of September, Marijn Schenk will give a presentation on the inspiration day Wonen in Amstelveen (Living in Amstelveen) organized by Wonen in Nederland.

In his talk, Marijn Schenk speaks about Amstelveen in 2030; he elaborates on the way we build buildings and design public spaces, and how this affects the liveability and sustainability of cities such as Amstelveen.

As Stadsbouwmeester (City Architect) Marijn Schenk advises the municipality on both short-term and long-term developments, by drawing up a vision for the spatial development of Amstelveen. The city architect helps to shape Amstelveen and keep the quality of living high.

The event is exclusive to industry professionals. 


BNA MakeHappen! Inspiration Night

How can the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals help you become a sustainably profitable architectural practice? 

This question is tacked during the BNA MakeHappen! Inspiration Night on Thursday 6 February, with a session moderated by Marieke van 't Hoff, operations managers at NEXT architects.

Break out 1: "UN SDG 13 Climate Action"
with: Shu-Yan Tang, associate director and architect Royal HaskoningDHV and Tom Bennett, climate activist and architect Studio Bark London. Moderator: Marieke van ‘t Hoff.



A team consisting of Christensen & Co. Architects (Denmark) and NEXT architects (The Netherlands) have created the winning proposal for the new educational building for MY college in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands. The new building is designed to ensure that students can explore their talents and skills whilst having a close connection to society. 

 “The collaboration between Christensen & Co and our office NEXT architects fostered the creativity and energy of all stakeholders by marrying the knowledge and resources of both offices into a new successful vision and design for MY college.” – Marijn Schenk, Architect and partner, NEXT architects.   

Christensen & Co. Architects is a leading expert in designing sustainable schools and they have collaborated with NEXT architects who contributed on the contextual design approach. Besides showcasing the integration of energy neutrality and circularity to meet the highest sustainability standards, MY college is also designed as a stimulating and attractive learning environment.

A stimulating learning environment
“We’ve created a learning environment based on an architectural concept of No Dead Ends, which is ideal for student interaction. In the central Learning Loop we define various levels of focus, ensuring students can find spaces corresponding with their needs for concentration.” – Mikkel Hermann Sørensen, Architect and partner, Christensen & Co Architects.

To achieve this, the learning environment of MY college holds three overarching typologies for learning: MY BASE, comprising theory rooms and co-creating practice rooms for large groups, MY SQUARE providing learning plazas for student interaction and corridors to promote smaller interactions between students, and MY CAVE offering private study rooms and quiet places for the possibility of retreat. In the overall structure, the clear floor plan is essential for this project, it guides the students to the classrooms whilst giving the teachers an unimpeded overview of the building.

Adding extra to the close environment
On all sides, the building features a unifying layout by using the wooden lamellae, with no closed-off façades and a lot of space for daylight to penetrate in the building. My college adepts to its contextual site and program, whilst placing the gymnastics hall on the top volume creating a focal point in the urban landscape.

MY college comprises 4.150 m2 and HEVO supervises the construction of My college as project manager. The project is expected to be delivered in 2023.

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Interview Marijn Schenk for Planet Netherlands

Marijn Schenk and Rudy Uytenhaak (RU+PA) were interviewed by Marco Brizzi (The Architecture Player) as a part of Planet Netherlands. 

The Planet Netherlands program is an online exhibtion by the Embassy and the General Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy, which in eight weeks has proposed themes and stories of architecture in the Netherlands starting from videos and short films of architecture. 

Starting from the joint collaboration on the Dafne Schippers Bridge, realized in 2017 in Utrecht, Marijn Schenk and Rudy Uytenhaak talk about a variety of themes. Collaboration and teamwork as a characteristic of Dutch design. Bridges, infrastructure, intensive land use, water, clean air, density and an idea of an urban environment covering the whole country. 

The discussion serves as an introduction to the short movie directed by Marcel IJzerman, which is a included in the #PlanetNetherlands video series about the last twenty years of Dutch architecture. This interview was the last video in a video series of eight, including the works of Dok Architecten, MVRDV, KAAN Architecten, Maurice Nio, OMA/AMO, UNStudio, and Wiel Arets Architects.

The interview is divided into two parts, watch the interview here: 

 Part 1  

 Part 2

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The Routledge Companion to Games

NEXT contributed to the book with a chapter on The Modern Architecture Game, a 'trivial pursuit' for architecture that was launched with the support of the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie in 2011.

"The Routledge Companion to Games in Architecture and Urban Planning: Tools for Design, Teaching, and Research," edited by Marta Brković Dodig and Linda N. Groat, aims to identify and showcase the rich diversity of games, including: simulation games, game-like approaches, game scenarios, and gamification processes for teaching/learning, design and research in architecture and urban planning.

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Marieke van 't Hoff moves from NEXT to Introdans

Getting people moving, that's what Marieke does. From the 1st of November, she will transfer from NEXT to her new role as business director at Introdans. 

In doing so, she continues the work she has achieved at NEXT, combined with her passion for dance. Forming teams that excel, that's what drives her. After taking the organization and the team to a higher level, this is a great step in which she will face further growth and new challenges. At NEXT we keep building on what we have achieved with her over the past five years. We are very grateful for all the organizational foundations Marieke has layed. On behalf of the entire team, we wish Marieke a lot of inspiration and success at Introdans.


Save the date: Panorama Nederland

Captivating images of the Zaligebrug open this save the date video for the Panorama Nederland exhibition by the Board Government Advisers.

For some time now, Panorama Nederland has been travelling through the Netherlands offering inspiration to think about the future of our country. Now it is time for the next step: from an optimistic vision for the future to a realistic and sometimes unruly practice. On 24 June the next chapter "Panorama Nederland in Practice" opens.

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NEXT vacancy

We zoeken een bouwkundig Revit modelleur/ontwerper om ons team te versterken.

Als bouwkundig expert werk je in teamverband aan de vertaling van ontwerpen naar bouwkundige Revit-modellen.
Je bent in staat om vanuit je bouw- en uitvoeringstechnische kennis in verschillende fasen van het ontwerpproces een belangrijke rol te spelen.

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