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Dutch practice NL Architects joins our programme to discuss its work, including an award-winning renovation of a post-war housing block.
NL Architects was founded in 1997 by Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse and Mark Linnemann, who met while studying at Delft University of Technology. Based in Amsterdam, NL Architects is concerned with how we interact with architecture and the city. Through exploring the performative, social and active aspects of architecture, the practice’s built projects often combine usable objects with architecture such as climbing wall facades and roofs with basketball pitches.
After garnering an international reputation for its project WOS8 in 1998, the practice went on to win a number of international awards and commissions including both the Netherlands International Institute Award and the Mies van der Rohe Emerging Architect Award for its Basketbar at Utrecht University, which combined a coffee shop and a sports facility.
Earlier this year NL Architects received the Mies van der Rohe Prize for its renovation of a 1960s housing block on the outskirts of Amsterdam, which it completed in association with XVW Architectuur. The project, named deFlat, saw the architects refurbish communal areas and the general structure of the 400m-long concrete block, while leaving its residents to oversee the fit-out of the apartments.