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He studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands from which he graduated with an honorable mention in 2004. After his studies he moved to London to work for HOK International as a project architect on a number of large schemes.
For over 10 years he worked for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, where he contributed to several projects including the KPN Tower in Rotterdam and the Art Institute of Chicago. He led the design and construction of the facade of Europe’s tallest tower, the Shard at London Bridge. It officially opened in June 2012.
That same year Bart became an associate and since then has been the architect in charge for several large scale projects including the 620-meter-tall Yongsan Landmark Tower in Seoul, the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, and the Bishop Ranch, a new concept of shopping centre and urban development in San Ramon, Northern California.
In October 2014 Bart founded Studio Akkerhuis in Paris. He is also active as a lecturer, visiting critic and member of jury for projects and conferences across Europe.
STUDIO AKKERHUIS is founded in 2014 in Paris by Bart Akkerhuis, former associate of Renzo Piano.
Our practice works internationally on projects in the fields of interior design, architecture and urbanism.
We engage in projects through which we can explore inventive responses to environmental, technological, cultural and social evolutions. With a strong sense of responsibility towards our missions, we aim to reconnect buildings with urban fabric and natural context, by collaborating with specialists from other fields, from artists to engineers, from philosophers to filmmakers.
We are represented by a young and dynamic staff of about 15 architects from 9 different countries, sharing a common professional background. The studio vows to a both refined and pragmatic approach to architecture.
From concept design to construction supervision, it is able to manage all architectural design stages.
Working as a team with our clients and consultants, we pay particular attention to details and the development of adapted solutions throughout a collaborative design process.
Realized and ongoing projects of the studio include the transformation of the 55.000 m² monumental ‘Meelfabriek’ complex in Leiden, a contemporary art gallery in Paris, a boutique hotel and a masterplan for 750 housing units, both in The Netherlands. Furthermore, Studio Akkerhuis collaborates with Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the new Parisian Law Courts, currently under construction in Paris.
The Shard – London Bridge Tower
Associate, lead architect for exterior enveloppe
Yongsan Landmark Tower
Seoul, South Korea
Associate in charge, lead architect
Hong Kong, China
Associate in charge, lead architect
City Center Bishop Ranch
San Ramon, USA
Associate in charge, lead architect
The Art Institute – The Modern Wing
We’re delighted to announce this year’s WAN #Facade Award jury. Four industry experts who will have the tough task of selecting the shortlist and winner of this prestigious award.
Find out more about this year’s jury here –
The WAN Facade Award 2016 jury includes:
Damian Rogan – Associate Director Eckersley o’ Callaghan
Jennifer Dixon – Head of Architecture Design@AECOM
Bart Akkerhuis – Founder Studio Akkerhuis
Dennis Ho – Principal HASSELL
The project called for the transformation of an existing pension from 1904 into a boutique hotel accommodating 27 rooms and meeting rooms. Facing the beach, the hotel entertains a strong relationship with the marine landscape and the ever changing light of the North Sea. On the ground floor, the glazed facade of the lobby allows dramatic views to the ocean. The lobby is the focus of the hotel’s activity: conceived as an open space with dedicated corners, it invites visitors to linger for a drink. The rooms are uniquely designed according to a vibrant color scheme that ranges from vivid red to grass green, from light blue to yellow and purple. The choice of furniture was made in a pleasant composition of old and new, with design classics of the
1950s and vintage furniture going along with bespoke steel and marble tables and handmade beds. Special care and attention was given in the use of fabrics to create a specific atmosphere in each room. This color scheme was finally fused and resumed in the lobby, where different colored areas alternate with darker and warmer zones to define special dedicated atmospheres.
Forming a crucial edge to the Meelfabriek complex, the Molengebouw and Riffellokaal buildings dialogue with the main piazza, the parks and the new neighboring residential buildings. Together with the brick facade and ribbon windows, the elegant prefabricated steel frame is one of the complex’s most important industrial heritage.
The aim of the project is to preserve, restore and reveal its historical value. Through a surgical intervention, the exposed steel structure will become the interior space main feature emphasizing the industrial character of the complex; the restored slender steel windows will receive new French balconies designed to integrate and preserve the horizontal lines of the building. The brick façade will host additional openings to adapt to the new residential function offering spectacular views on the City of Leiden, the parks and the water. The loft apartments are designed to be as open as possible giving life to a flexible and vibrant living spaces characterized by double height, two-sided orientation, winter gardens.
A sober steel and glass extension on the rooftop, hosting an extraordinary penthouse, is the new linking element that turns the two existing buildings in one articulated complex. The commercial ground floor is conceived as a continuous open space that flows between the steel structure and connects the Masterplan public spaces through a public passage. From here two new service cores provide the vertical circulation for each building up to the roof extension.
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Jérôme Vuarchex (Models)
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We are searching for great people who happen to know a thing or two about architecture. Studio Akkerhuis is expanding and looking for ambitious and talented interns to work with us on exciting and challenging projects across the globe. Please send your cv and porfolio to the adress below.
As an expanding practice we are always interested to hear from talented people looking to join our team.
CVs can be sent by email (max 20 pages and 10mb) to email@example.com
or by post to Studio Akkerhuis, 11 rue Pastourelle, 75003 Paris
Hard copies sent by post give a better impression and if they are accompanied by a suitably stamped envelope they will be returned.
Too bad we could not join our friends and partners @ ArchiWorkshop/Spacetong on stage in South Korea this week to collect our award in the international competition for Nodeul Island, Seoul. Well done to the team!: Studio Akkerhuis & AVA Paris, Spacetong/Archiworkshop Seoul, Buro Happold Hong Kong/Beijing, Theatre Projects Consultants London/Paris and Après la Pluie Paris. Images by Anima.
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For the restructuration of a former atelier of lampshades into a contemporary art gallery Studio Akkerhuis wanted to respect and maintain the features of the original space while adapting the layout to the need for the new exposition space. The interventions are minimalistic. The materials used for the renovation are basic, untreated black steel, raw concrete and glass. A storage volume is placed in the central area. Together with the new entrance directly off the 16th century courtyard a sequence of spaces and passages is created each with their individual character and qualities. The passages are very suitable for intimate viewing whilst the first larger space has the character of a French salon and is suitable also for video projection. The largest space at the end of this sequence is the ‘loft’. With its six-meter high ceiling and large walls it is perfectly suited for larger installations and artworks. Towards the end of this space a free standing wall terminates the perspective from the street: through the courtyard, entry and gallery spaces one can see the artwork. This will visually draw visitors into the gallery. Behind this wall a semi public storage space is created. Like a Parisian bric-a-brac visitors can browse through the galleries precious reserves, wondering if they can find a little ‘catch’. A bespoke black steel stair is designed to give access to a mezzanine.
This temporary theater was our proposal at the request of a local association that organized a summer festival, inviting all kinds of artists. By the North Sea, at sunset, this place was about to receive musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, and any event related to the summer festival.
Our goal was to create a flexible space, adaptable to different stage, technical and audience configurations, that welcomes and encourages closeness between artists and spectators. Built with the limited budget of the sponsors, the structure was almost exclusively made of recycled materials: surf masts, steel cables, fabrics and wooden pallets. Easy to assemble and to package once the festival was over, this simple and light structure was integrated into the site’s spirit, creating a cosy shelter, comfortable for the audience, practical and efficient for the staff, and a large range of artistic expressions.
The new museum for the Bauhaus in Dessau is an exciting and a challenging task. How to exhibit a school? The impressive archive of the Bauhaus, representing the philosophy of its teaching and different developments, plays the central role in the design. Where does the public space of the museum meet service and logistics, where can storage and restoration of artworks, workshops and exhibition overlap and intertwine, creating a new space for teaching?
Like at the Ponthus Hultén Gallery in Stockholm the archives can be made visible to the audience and become part of a dynamic exhibition concept. The building is designed as a pavilion in the park. Being modest in scale but as well iconic in its silhouette, the museum opens to the park and defines the streetscape of Kavalierstraße with an urban front. The internal organization follows a clear division into three strands. Here, the central part works as a « backbone », that ensures internal circulation of the building and creates interfaces between the different spaces. The exhibition area allows a large-scale hall with a large variety of configurations.
The simplicity and flexibility of the design not only ensures its feasibility but also provides the possibility of the project to develop further along with Stiftung Bauhaus and to let arise a museum with international reputation. Prefabricated in concrete shells the recognizable arched roof structure allows maximum flexibility in the exhibition area and leaves an exposed structure visible. The system integrates both the supporting structure and ventilation as well as a perfect indirect ambient lighting with punctual lights allowing the staging of individual artworks.
The intervention at the urban ‘heart’ of Marne et Gondoire aims to the evolutionary, rational, comfortable, flexible and environmental transformation of the space. The Saint-Jean site hosted untill very recently the activities of the Lagny Hospital. It is a complex canvas of existing buildings, green spaces, parking areas and zones to be entirely reshaped. The park is literally the heart of the master plan. It is the element that achieves the continuity of the built-space and the natural landscape.
The project consists in three separated terrains, connected by green zones. A typology of park houses adapted to the site of the Saint-Jean park is proposed. The park penetrates into the interior of the lots, generating interior gardens that either are composed by dense vegetation or create shared open spaces that invite the residents to participate in common activities. Several footpaths and water paths act like guiding lines across the lots. These elements create vital transparencies in favor of the transverse connections between the center of the lots and the open spaces of the master plan.
For millennia cities have experienced a natural growth, with its urban fabric steadily developing around a market square, the city hall, a temple or a church. The industrialisation in the 19th century has accelerated the growth of our cities, accumulating over the last fifty years in the rise of the mega city. Suburban sprawl, vast stretches of lifeless city blocks and ghettos are a direct consequence of this rapid growth. Our proposal is to develop a new generator for the urban fabric, the city life. Many times as powerful as the ancient city square and its farmers market, it will be the new powerful machine creating a sense of a true downtown. The reason is clear and deeply human: people need to meet each other, to experience the kind of energy and magic on which the notion of a city is fundamentally based.
Accessibility, urban morphology, diversity, identity, flexibility and density are identified as characteristics important to the growth and survival of today’s successful cities. These qualities are integrated in the framework of the project to insure a rich, powerful and interesting urban grid ready for a future to which it can adapt to the needs of future generations to come and act as a sustainable model for urban growth. The building is conceived as a traditional town square that develops into the sky and connects on multiple levels with its surroundings. The spatial organisation and its development are dependent on the transport infrastructures, which traverse the building. This infrastructure is its ‘raison d’être’: It is the modern city square, its boulevard and small streets that connect its urban fabric. We propose a new kind of space, around the connecting spaces between in between the urban fabric. This newfound space is neither inside nor outside: we call it IXterior space. It is here where the new machine will thrive and finds its energy. Like the piazzas, the boulevards and the little backstreets of the old medieval towns this is where urbanity thrives, where the town comes alive and fuels its neighboring quarters with city live.
It is the urban machine, the powerful generator of vibrant city life, a creator of the energy and magic, the fundaments on which our successful cities are based.
The Beach Club Bries is an entirely dismountable structure that complies with the highest standards in sustainability, pre-fabrication and hospitality. With its elements prefabricated off-site, the Club is built up in spring and disassembled in autumn for winter storage. The building is comprised of two volumes. A main open space that faces the sea, and a flexible indoor volume
that is equipped with partitions to allow different spatial configurations for the building’s main facilities. A system of modular units made in cross laminated timber plug into the main space to afford for additional space for the club’s secondary functions, such as kitchen, storage, office, and toilets. The units are dimensioned in size and weight so that they can easily be picked up by forklift and transported over the beach for winter storage. The human scale and the wooden finish of the units provides natural feel and warmth both inside and outside. A floating membrane roof combines all these volumes together.
The Meelfabriek is characterized by a history of continuous evolution. More than a century of construction, demolition and revitalization have led to the complex and functional beauty of this cluster of buildings.
The Singel Tower will be the latest addition to the complex, as a next step in this perpetual evolution. Its important size completes the industrial complex on the south border, and further marks the Meelfabriek as a urban exception in the city of Leiden.
Decomposed into three distinct volumes, the tower blends with the volumetric diversity and composition of the buildings nearby. This is to the benefit of the visual appearance of the building. The west tower acquires slenderness and elegance through the division in three distinct volumes: this ensures a lighter presence in the skyline of Leiden. The design is inspired by the specific qualities of the Meelfabrieks’ listed buildings and engages in a dialogue with them.
The structural concrete frame is poured on site, and will remain apparent. The combination of raw materials in combination with a crisply detailed facade creates a truthful building that strongly relates to the functional design of the existing buildings around.
Pushing the loadbearing frame to the outside of the exterior envelope, allows for the creation of column free, loft like apartments. On the ground floor, shops will take part in the overall ground floor realm of the Meelfabriek, dedicated to public activities.
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To create an oasis of culture and music, surrounded by nature and in the center of one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the world seems like a dream impossible to chase. The people of Seoul have this dream and we believe it is a very strong and viable one, one that can become reality. Together with its citizens the municipality has started to pave the way for this ambitious and unique project to take off. Our proposal continues to build on these solid foundations, to construct that dream, together with the people of Seoul and for its future generations.
First, Nodeul Island needs to become a thriving place. Our proposal takes cues on which successful communities are founded: diversity, identity and flexibility are important keywords. We create a central piazza, intimate courtyards and a network of paths and walkways to connect the pavilion-like structures. Firmly set in nature, these pavilions themselves are providing a framework that the users of Nodeul Island can make their own.
Secondly we need to embed Nodeul Island in the heart of city life. With a rich program, spanning all seasons, varying from large festivals to smaller gatherings, the Nodeul Island draws people across all age groups and from all backgrounds of life. We envisage communal spaces, intimate courtyards and winter gardens. Intelligent, efficient spaces that protect against the harsh climate throughout all seasons. With a maximum adaptability this will be a place to meet and to share, to socialize and to participate. A place for people to develop the vibrant life of the Nodeul community.
Thirdly, Nodeul Island is currently an island of two halves, divided by one of the major arteries of Seoul’s busy road network. We start to look at the island from a different perspective. We propose a bridge, not only to connect the two sides of this road, but to connect the whole island. This promenade is spanning from the green floodplains in the east, through the courtyards and piazzas along the pavilions, past the main auditorium and over the road to arrive in a green haven; the forest on the east side of the Island. To enhance this connection we continue the nature from east to west plant by planting as many trees as possible along and in between the roads. Instead of the road crossing the island, it will be the island crossing the road.
We strongly believe, together with the people of Seoul, that we can start building this dream. On Nodeul Island, in the midst of nature, right in the city center. Here we construct a generator of energy and magic, key fundaments on which our successful cities are based.
Not so far from the Noordwijk shore, on one of the highest dune tops of the region, stands the dis-used water tower of this small seaside town.
Designed and built in 1918 according to the principles of The Amsterdam School the once apparent brick facade is now covered behind a grey stucco layer.
Studio Akkerhuis proposes to bring new life into this abandoned building by creating a mix of public and private functions.
Once finished the water tower will accommodate a private house, a generous public space in the water reservoir and a viewing platform on top.
Being classified a national monument the studio imposes a minimal transformation. The dis-used tank will be opened on three sides to bring daylight to the interiors and give carefully framed views towards the outside. The old brick facade will be made apparent once more, restoring the majestic beauty of this great example of the Amsterdam School.
The project brief asked for a landmark building that would be globally recognized as a symbol of Serbia’s bold vision for its future and a testament to the resilience of the city of Belgrade. The scheme includes a 5-star boutique hotel and branded residence towers. Situated at a prominent location next to the Old Sava Bridge on the river boardwalk, it boasts views towards the water on the West, the old town on the North and the Belgrade Waterfront with its iconic Kula tower towards the South. The building has a pure and distinguished form with its elevated podium and residential towers. Hotel and conference facilities are arranged around carefully designed patios that bring natural daylight in the center of the complex and serve as connective elements between the multistory podium and its green roof. A pool situated on the first floor of the podium will have a prominent presence through a system of visual connections towards the exterior, the patio and the ground floor. Its 21st century architecture will match the ambition of Belgrade and its waterfront development, ready for the Serbian capital to enter a new era of prosperity.
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National Museum of American History
The Meelfabriek is an industrial complex grown in phases from 1883 until 1988 when production was closed down. In course of time the complex has become a national monument and is considered to be an important document of the industrial heritage of the Netherlands. Located in the centre of Leiden, the site has long been neglected and inaccessible for the city. Today, the project aims reconnecting the site with its surroundings with a new active urban fabric by creating a vibrant mix of living, working, recreation and retail facilities.
The project is composed of twelve buildings that will house a 120 room hotel, spa & wellness centre, loft apartments, shops, offices, gallery spaces, artist ateliers, and exhibition space. A first master plan of the area was designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Studio Akkerhuis is now taking the project to the next level with a sensitive approach to the architectural and historic value of the buildings. These icons of industrial archaeology are therefore being conserved and they will be redeveloped as spaces with new uses. While the project calls for the preservation of the valuable structures of all the buildings, the facades will be restored and adapted to their new functions. The use of sober material like concrete, steel, and glass will be in line with the industrial character of the complex.