The first prototype of the Loop Lounger is finished. It’s a comfortable lounge chair with a strong graphic quality, inspired by ’50s Scandinavian design. We’re currently working on some improvements in order to bringing the chair in production. The prototype was made by Zsolt Kamaras.
We are working on an extension in the backyard of a ground floor apartment in the Rivierenbuurt in Amsterdam. Three extra rooms with different functions and different requirements are needed. The idea: a house for everyone with it’s own character
The autumn meeting of WZNH is traditionally a pleasant gathering for advisors, the board and employees. This year the meeting focused on the future of WZNH and the 100-year anniversary in 2016. Uda Visser joined the meeting as member of
We came in second with our competition proposal for Hafen City in collaboration with Tom Frantzen (Frantzen et al). We developed a scheme for a highly sustainable housing block for a collective ‘baugruppe’. The brief asked for an innovative, sustainable and family friendly building for 28 households, with wood as it’s main building material. (project page)
In the first eight months in the existence of our partnership we have been busy talking, sketching, researching, studying, rendering, calculating, drawing and thinking. Doing as architects do, really. We’re very proud of the result we achieved in reasonably short
Together with SYNCHROON, METABOLIC and DELVA Landscape we designed an ambitious residential project in Utrecht. Sustainability and a circulair economy were the central themes of this tender submission. Through co-commissioning future residents have a substantial influence on the design of the houses, which leads to a versatile over-all design of the housing block. (project page)
MEESVISER designed the brand-identity, logo and website for 120 ‘fully equipped designer rentals’ in Amsterdam North, a project envisioning a new interpretation of the traditional New Orleans facade. For the same project we are designing the interiors of the apartments.
A roundup of the projects we worked on during the first six months of 2016. We have been fortunate to work with a wide range of clients, including Lingotto, Dura Vermeer, Van Wijnen and Cordaan. Also we have been intensifying
For developer Lingotto we designed a building containing 30 short-stay apartments. The site is located on a prominent corner of the old village of Sloten, part of Amsterdam, but with it’s own identity which is actively guarded by the current
Architecture center Amsterdam, Arcam, organized a design studio on the topic micro apartments in Amsterdam. Commissioned by housing cooperation Ymere and De Key and developers AM and Synchroon, MEESVISSER participated in the research into the potential for this emerging international
Together with SO-IL from New York we won the competition for the renovation of the two locations of the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. Starting in 2018 the Hallen Haarlem and Frans Hals Museum will be integrated into one museum
For branded video content production company FREQUIN we designed a flexible and sustainable office building. The building provides space for their own headquarters, additional rentable spaces for other companies in the creative industry, parking and a camera shop on the ground floor. (project page)
We won the competition for an apartment block with 100 small apartments for starters on the housing market and holders of a refugee status permit. Client is the housing cooperation Ymere that is committed to helping to integrate these new
We submitted our competition proposal for the Hamm Kanalkante competition. The proposal for the City of Hamm, located along the river Lippe, laces up the historic inner city with the new and proposed canal front quarter. The design was made in collaboration with Bureau B+B urbanism and landscape architecture.
MEESVISSER has been selected by developer Synchroon as one of three architects for the first phase of Wisselspoor in Utrecht. Together with Space Encounters and Zecc we will fill in the master plan made by Studioninedots and Delva Landscape architects.
The building permit for the KBF-atrium has been submitted. We are currently focussing on working out the complex geometry of the steel construction in a BIM-model. The steel will be prefabricated, followed by a trial-assembly in the factory to make before construction on site.
We have finished the first phase of the design of Buiksloterham kavel 4a for Ymere. This phase mainly focussed on finding the right mix of programme and studying various options for the layout of the compact apartments. This involves the design of smart and compact built-in furniture for optimal use of the minimal available space.
In collaboration with DELVA landscape, we conducted a spatial study into the possibilities of a modular urban principle for living on water, informed by organisational systems of informal water-bound villages in Lagos, historical water cities Venice and Amsterdam, but also the aesthetical quality of floating icebergs and waterlilies. (project page)
Commissioned by Stichting Mevrouw Meijer we conducted a study into several scenarios for the renovation and expansion of a typical sixties school building in Veenendaal (project page). Parallel to the research project we joined forces with de Architecten CIE to enter the European tender for the commission of the project.
Next to the factory of the steel production company Evers Staalbouw the construction of the KBF-atrium has been mounted to test the geometry. With a few hard hammer blows everything fit together and will be made ready for assembly on-site.
We have been commissioned by Dura Vermeer to join the design team for the infill of the new urban plan for Haarlem Schalkwijk Midden. The ambition is to create a ‘city between the trees’ that offers a quiet, green and
Our new office space in De Kauwgomballenfabriek is taking shape. The former Maple Leaf factory and later artist studios are currently transformed into a light and open office space. We’re expecting moving in by July.
In collaboration with Tom Frantzen (Frantzen et al) we conducted a feasibility study into the transformation of an old factory building into a hostel with 125 prefabricated wooden rooms and adjacent facilities for staff, clients and visitors. We’re awaiting a follow-up.
The detail design of Wisselspoor phase one has been finished recently. The project’s materialisation is coming together nicely in a palette of steel, brick and concrete. Our part of the project consists of 12 single family houses, a block with three large apartments and a block with 31 small studios.
Commissioned by the municipality of Amsterdam MEESVISSER made an architectural design for a 7500sqm block within a new masterplan for Weespertrekvaart. The aim of the study was to test the proposed urban and architectural regulations, find loopholes and make proposals
Today a small exhibition designed by SO-IL of the proposals for the renovation of Frans Hals Museum Hof and Hal has been opened by Ann Demeester, director of the museum. You can visit the exhibition till the end of September in location Hof.
MEESVISSER has been commissioned for the design of a new 75 room hotel in a former office building in Amsterdam Duivendrecht. We aim to combine the roughness of the existing exterior with a warm and tactile interior of the rooms.
The New Ikalto Academy envisions a new world class boarding school on a beautiful site above the village Ikalto in Georgia. We conducted an architectural study, exploring the sites potential qualities and programme. The study aspires to be the start
We submitted the concept design for Fluor in Haarlem. Together with Tank and van Dongen Koschuch we are re working on on the first phase of Schalkwijk Midden in Haarlem. In total it consists of approximately 30.000sqm of residential and
Recently the renovation of the Farmhouse in Amerongen has gone on-site. The house was built in 1778 and is listed as a national heritage monument. With this renovation we open up the old barn again, after it became rather clogged through a series of adaptations in the eighties.
We celebrated the opening of our new office space and updated website launch with over 100 friends, family, colleagues, clients and business contacts. We’re proud to share what we have been building up over the last few years.
Our first actual building, the atrium for the Kauwgomballenfabriek in Amsterdam, has been delivered. The steel construction was prefabricated based upon a 3d scan of the existing building and, after a few hammer blows, fitted like a glove. More information on the project page.
Recently the building permit for the short stay apartment building in Sloten has been granted and the on site work started with demolishing the existing buildings. We finished the working drawings recently and construction work will start early 2019.
The construction of latest branch of the high-end coffeeshop Amsterdam Genetics / Boerejongens in Amsterdam Sloterdijk has been finished recently. With a fresh new look we expanded on their brand-identity of high quality shops around town. More information on the project page.
The construction work on the Farmhouse in Amerongen is progressing rapidly. The spatial quality of opening up the historical barn is really amazing and gives the house a whole new feel. More information on the project page.
Every Friday we enjoy a nice self-cooked diner by one of our staff. A nice way to end the week and a good tradition to cherish even in busy times. If you feel like a good lunch, drop us a line and you’re welcome to join in.
We’re happy to have been selected to enter the second stage of the design competition for social housing for starters and elderly residents on Kavel 6, Oostenburg. A project commissioned by housing corporation Stadgenoot.
We have been commissioned for the design of a cluster of houses in Reeuwijk. Situated on a plot surrounded by water, the houses enclose a collective square and each have a strong relation to the water.
The preliminary design phase for Fluor has started. We are working on the first phase of Schalkwijk Midden in Haarlem. Our share of the project consists of 41 apartments, 10 town houses, 8 loft apartments, commercial space and a parking garage along the Europaweg.
Today the first piles went in for the 36 short stay apartments in Amsterdam Sloten. A project that strikes a balance between vernacular elements and contemporary detailing, to make it within the old village at current times.
Today the winners were announced of the design competition for starters and elderly housing. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but we’re proud of our proposal Living Apart Together, that combines individual needs with a collective quality in a scheme with maximum programmatic flexibility.
Our design for the most beautiful coffeeshop in town has been published in AIT jan/feb 2019 issue with images of Peter Tijhuis. “With the new coffeeshop designed by MEESVISSER, the operator now proves that there are alternatives that improve her line of business!”
A renovation of a private house in Amsterdam Sloten. Originally built in the twenties, extensively changed in the sixties and extended in the seventies, this renovation aims to clear the clutter and reorganise spaces in order to maximise the houses’ relationship with it’s exeptionally beautiful green surroundings.
The last few things have been finalised on Villa C. A complete overhaul of this 70’s bungalow changed it from an introverted and rather dark house into a light and open patio villa. We owe much to the whole team involved, designers and builders, which together executed the design sharp a razor blade.
The detail design for the single family house on IJburg is finished. Currently the selection of a suitable contractor is on it’s way and we’re preparing the submission of the building permit. If all goes well, construction will start september 1st.
For a German developer we are currently working on a concept for a range of micro apartments to be built in Berlin, Düsseldorf and München. Based upon our earlier work in this field we developed a super compact setup that fulfils all the practical needs and by that maximises comfort and living space.
We have an internship position (paid) available for a period of six months, starting asap. We’re currently working on a wide range of projects, from large scale housing to high-end interiors and we offer a nice working environment with lots to learn!. More information on how to apply on our office page.
After the building permit has been issued, the renovation of the single family house in Amsterdam Sloten started recently. The project consists of a rooftop extension combined with an over-all renovation of the house in order to improve the energetic performance.
The detail design phase of social housing project BSH 4a in Buiksloterham has been completed. Currently the application for a building permit is being prepared. The project consists of 93 apartments around a central courtyard and 750sqm of commercial programme on ground floor.
Under a fantastic Dutch sky, the first pile has been driven in the ground for the single family house on IJburg. This house has been designed ‘upside down’, with a kitchen and living spaces on the top floors, overlooking the water.
We finished the VO-phase of Fluor Haarlem last week. Currently preparations are made for the next phase in which the whole project, together with the designs of Koschuch and TANK, will be integrated in a single BIM-model.
We are currently working on the interior design of a pizza restaurant in a national heritage monument in Loenen a/d Vecht. A simple palette of tiles, marble and oak make this a light and fresh interior in a quiet neighbourhood.
The renovation of a 50sqm apartment has been competed. The design has a very compact setup that maximises usable space, storage and atmosphere, and minimises need of loose furniture. And as we like it: meticulous attention to detail plus a sustainably all-electric renovation.
We have been nominated for the Architectenweb Interior of the Year 2019 with our interior design for Boerejongens. “The jury sees the social relevance of the project: with their openness and chic appearance, the architects take the coffee shop out of it’s shady atmosphere.”
The building permit for the first phase of Wisselspoor has been issued. Our part of the project consists of 12 single family houses, a block with three large apartments and a block with 31 small studios. Ground breaking will take place end of 2019.
The office building for video production company Frequin has been completed and the client moved in immediately. The project features big windows, a flexible layout and a rugged look. More information on the project page.
The building application of social housing project BSH 4a in Buiksloterham has been submitted. The project consists of 93 apartments around a central courtyard and 750sqm of commercial programme on ground floor. Construction is planned to start second half of 2020.
The construction of the 36 short stay apartments in Amsterdam Sloten is almost completed. Exterior works are done, with the black wooden facade nicely reflecting the the winter sun. Currently the interior and landscaping are being finished. The opening is expected first quarter of 2020.
Or first project in Spain: a case-study for and alternative to the anonymous boxy architecture of holiday homes. Our design is informed by local tradition of compact, solid building and adds two patios that bring light and green into the heart of the house. Visit the project page here.
The building permit for Fluor in Haarlem has been submitted. The designs for four housing blocks in a green park landscape have been made bij MEESVISSER, Koschuch, TANK and ZUS. Construction is planned to start second half of 2020.
Together with a big team of architects, urbanists, landscape designers and advisors we participated in the final phase of the housing tender for Holland Park West in Diemen. Our project titled Diemen Hout is a car free neighbourhood with a strong social structure built around six green courts and a lake with in its centre the original forest.
Our tradition of cooking a warm lunch every Friday has resulted in the publication of a MEESVISSER Cook Book. A book with 32 recipes from all over the world by our international staff of chefs. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a delicious 2020!!
Our design for the open competition for the Stockholm Workshop Center got an honourable mention. Our proposal is a public building that is conceived as an open gathering space. It is similar to a market square where production, trade, exhibition and knowledge-exchange take place. A warm, generous and transparent public building on the border between water and the city. More here.
We have an internship position available for a period of six months, starting asap. We’re currently working on a wide range of projects, from large scale housing to high-end interiors and we offer a nice working environment with lots to learn! More information on how to apply on our office page.
In collaboration with the EarthFlag Foundation, MEESVISSER is developing the EarthWatch Pavilion. This refuge, right in the heart of Amsterdam, is an open call to contemplation and meditation. Derived from the shape of the Earth Flag logo, this pavilion presents itself as a light structure opened to the surrounding landscape, and invites visitors to come together, discuss and share a moment of peace.
Short Stay Sloten has been completed! We’re very proud, as this was the first major project we got commissioned four years ago right after the start of our office. Contractor KBK did a fantastic job building this building, with sharp execution of the detailing, but also by excellent communication with the neighbours. Thanks to the whole team for the effort! Project page.
With the first part of the scaffolding removed the new contour of the single family house in Sloten became visible. The rooftop addition links previous extensions to the main house in one architectural gesture, with the old contour staying visible in the new situation as a hint from the past.
Due to safety measures regarding the COVID-19 situation, we will be working from home for the time being. It will take some time to fully adjust to this new reality and we hope we can welcome you to our office again soon. In the mean time: stay healthy and stay in touch. We’ll be available online.
In our studio in the Kauwgomballenfabriek in Amsterdam Overamstel, we have space available for 10-12 people. It’s a fantastic light and open office in a former industrial warehouse with high ceilings. We share meeting space, model room, lunch and good vibes. If you’re interested, please drop us a line. More information and pictures on this page.
Recently the IJburg house has been completed and the owners moved in. As the first inhabitants of Centrumeiland, they enjoy free views over the surroundings from their top floor living room with loggia. For more information see the project page.
We have been commissioned to design a series of four sustainable office buildings within the masterplan for the new World Food Center in Ede. With a timber construction combined with a breathable, damp open facade and roof we will create fully circular and healthy buildings, aligning to WFC’s ambitions to provide healthy work and research facilities for innovative food companies.
With our proposal ‘De Omloop’, together with developer AM, Delta Vormgroep, Sustainer Homes and Koopmans, we won the tender for kavel 13a in Utrecht Leeuwesteyn. The project consists of 36 houses and 8 apartments around a collective garden. Circularity, biodiversity, rain water retention and a contemporary interpretation of Art Deco architecture played a key role in the proposal. More information here.
Work has started on our social housing project for housing corporation Ymere in Buiksloterham, Amsterdam Noord. The building contains 93 housing units for starters and will accommodate Ymere’s regional office.
As a second project on the site of the World Food Centre in Ede we have been asked to make a proposal for renovating and transforming a listed monumental heating plant into a bar/restaurant. The ambition is to extend the introverted building in order to create a welcoming gesture at the edge of the forest and the former parade ground.
We submitted the sketch design for the four wooden office buildings in Ede. Three of the four buildings are directly informed by the shape and rhythm of the wings of the former military building, reflecting it in the opposite facades. The design has been positively reviewed by the Quality Team and we will move into the next phase soon.
We have been commissioned to renovate end extend a coffeeshop and the apartments above in a 1917 house in Amsterdam Noord. With this project we expand our efforts to transform the typical dark Amsterdam coffee shops into light and friendly specialty stores.
We have been commissioned to design ten small housing units and a bar in a former first-aid building of the Enka factory in Ede. Building on our previous designs for comfortable small-scale living, we wil focus on designing ten functional boxes that define the spaces. These prefabricated wooden boxes allow to be placed in the listed monumental building without affecting the monumental elements.
In collaboration with GG real Estate and Studioninedots we were selected as finalist for the IJburg kavel 1 tender in Amsterdam. Our design ‘Nest’ proposes an integrated nature-inclusive living-landscape based on a rotated grid that creates an iconic building profile. With gardens and trees at different levels throughout the building, nature is always at arm’s reach. Visit project page here.
The detail design phase of the housing project in Utrecht Leeuwesteyn has started. After winning the tender for plot 13a we optimised the overall scheme and are currently working on the design and detailing of the brick patterns that play an important role in the Art Deco themed neighbourhood.
For a beautiful site on an island in Reeuwijk we will be designing a freestanding, zero-energy, bio-based single family house constructed in cross laminated timber (CLT). We are exited to further explore the potential of building bio-based, circular and with high standards in energy efficiency.
Slowly the houses in Utrecht Wisselspoor become visible after removing the scaffolding. These first four, clad in fiber cement panels, will be followed by a series of brick and wooden houses and an apartment block. Together a pallet of materials that fit in with the industrial character of the new neighbourhood. More information here.
After three years of preparation finally the construction work for our housing project in Haarlem Schalkwijk has started. In collaboration with Dura Vermeer, Koschuch Architects, Elephant and ZUS the southern end of Schalkwijk will be transformed into a car free ‘city between the trees’. More information here.
On June 1st. we moved our office to a new space just around the corner, taking both the kitchen and our demountable meeting space by Just In Case to our new address: Paul van Vlissingenstraat 2D. We still have two desks for rent so if you’re interested please drop us a line.
The design for the renovation of the coffee shop and apartments on Ooievaarsweg is finished and building application approved. Construction on site will start soon. Visit the project page for more information.
One of our first projects has been reanimated recently. In 2016 we designed a compact and cozy alpine guesthouse, as an annex to a generous villa. The current iteration is an even more compact version, customised to fit the needs of the owner for writing his memoires and to redraw from busy family life at times. Project page here.
Last week our social housing project for Ymere in Amsterdam Buiksloterham topped out after having gone on-site a year ago. The first tenants are expected to move in by summer 2022. Visit project page here.
We recently finished the preliminary design for the zero-energy bio-based single family house in Reeuwijk. The clients choose to ‘live apart together’ under one roof, which poses an exiting challenge with interesting spatial consequences. More soon.
With the proposal ‘Fitz’ we won the circular tender for the Koffiefabriek-site in Amsterdam. Together with Lister Buildings, U-minds, Boom Landscape and many more, we set a new benchmark for circular architecture and mark the next step in our ambition to contribute to a genuine sustainable environment. More information here.
For housing corporation Rochdale we made a design for a social housing block on the Zuidas in Amsterdam. A robust, sculptural and flexible building that reacts to it’s surroundings by means of a series of cutouts from the main volume.
Next to a series of single family houses that have been completed recently, the scaffolding of the apartment building with 31 studios in Utrecht Wisselspoor came down to reveal the black facade with ‘picture-frame’ windows that double as sound insulation boxes for the inhabitants.
Our tradition of cooking a warm lunch every Friday has resulted in the publication of already our third MEESVISSER Cook Book. A book with recipes from all over the world by our international staff of chefs. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a delicious 2022!!
Our involvement in the WFC-development in Ede has been expanded. Currently we are collaborating with the municipality, Urhahn urban design and Mix architecture on the infill of the next urban fields. MEESVISSER is focussing on several scenarios for two fields with in total 50.000 sqm office and residential programme.
We have been commissioned to design the interior for the new regional office of housing corporation Ymere. The office will be located on the ground floor of the social housing building ‘De Goudvink’ which we designed and currently is under construction.
We recently finished the VO-phase of the design for ‘Fitz’, the circular residential building in Amsterdam. In an intense collaboration with the team, the ambitions of the tender design were subjected to a rigorous reality-check. We are proud that the ambitions still stand strong and we will start the DO-phase shortly. More information here.
In collaboration with Arons & Gelauff and WE-architects we are commissioned to design a block of 185 apartments in Elzenhagen, Amsterdam Noord for developer AM. A total of 185 units will be split in smaller blocks and a tower around a central courtyard.
Rebranded as ‘De Goudvink’ (Gold Finch), the building with 93 social housing apartments is nearing completion. With the removal of the scaffolding the striking stepped and cantilevered volume of the building finally became visible.
For the second year in a row we will be teaching ‘Studio Hout’ at the Faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft. In this studio the second-year students design a housing building, exploring the possibilities of wood construction methods.
The building permit for our design for the extension of the listed monument Ketelhuis in Ede has been granted. The existing building will be renovated and two transparent extensions with a timber construction will house a bar and restaurant.
The interior design for the regional Ymere office is done. The main elements in this calm and modest interior design are three functional boxes containing services, meeting space and workspaces for concentration. More soon.
A new design for a coffee shop in the city centre of Almere, which extends the small shop with a simple and transparent volume, showing the products in two iconic circular displays. The design builds upon earlier interiors where we focus on creating transparency and welcoming atmosphere.
We won the tender for Centrumlijn-Noord in Pijnacker-Nootdorp, a development of 330 apartments, a mobility hub and public plaza next to the subway station. Commissioned by Dura Vermeer, the design team with WE architecten, ZUS, MEESVISSER en Studio Komma designed the winning entry ‘WijCK’. See: woneninwijck.nl
With a positive advice from the municipal supervision team, the DO-phase of the circular building ‘Koffiefabriek’ has been formally approved. The development of the design is a delicate balancing act, a necessary negotiation of interests, all part of pioneering sustainable and circular architecture.
We recently received the building permit for the first of four timber office buildings at the World Food Center in Ede. Exited with this crucial step in the development of this wooden building, we look forward to engineering the building together with our partners BPD, Van Wijnen, Goudstikker De Vries, Derix, Deerns and Equans. More info on the project page.
Our ongoing involvement in the development of the World Food Center in Ede has lead to another commission for a sustainable timber multi-tenant building. This L-shaped 8000m2 building aims to house innovative companies and sustainable startups in the agro-tech sector.
We got the commission to design a new interior and facade for coffeeshop Bellamy, a household name in Rotterdam since it was established in 1986. The design aims to open up the shop front to the street and with a spectacular reflective ceiling multiplies the spatial experience of the interior.
The ‘Goudvink’ social housing project was preselected for the Zuiderkerkprijs. The prize awards the best housing project built in Amsterdam in the previous year. With stiff competition from a few spectacular projects, we did not make it to the top three, but non the less we are proud of this recognition.
Two opposed L-shaped blocks with a wide timber veranda negotiating a sloping plot at the edge of the Veluwe National Park might not be your average site for a social housing project. The exceptional qualities of this site give us the opportunity to develop a scheme that seeks maximum interaction with its lush green surroundings.
After the first block is almost finished, Dura Vermeer announced the start of the second phase of Fluor/Elements in Haarlem: ten townhouses and eight lofts will complete the western edge of the redevelopment of the former Fluor site in Haarlem Schalkwijk. More information here: sales website.
The tradition is here to stay: Friday recipes compiled in a cook book as a yearly Christmas present for the office. This year with an extra: the MEESVISSER Baking Book with the best baking recipes. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The renovation of the former medical post of the Enka factory in Ede is nearing completion. The nationally listed monument has been transformed to incorporate eight small short-stay apartments and a restaurant, serving both the tenants and the neighbourhood. Visit the project page for more information.
The VO-phase of WijCK Pijnacker has been finalised with the approval of the design by the supervisory team. With the signing of the contract between Dura Vermeer and the municipality the development of 330 apartments and a mobility hub enters the next phase. Construction is to start by the end of 2023.
The building permit for our design for a sustainable CLT single family house in Reeuwijk has been granted recently. We are now in the process of making the working drawings and hope to start building in the second quarter of 2023. For more information visit the project page here.
The CLT single family house ‘Kea Boumanstraat‘ has been featured in the latest Timber Buildings S/M/L book by Detail Magazine. The book showcases 30 sustainable and holistic projects built with timber as its main construction material. Buy the book at Detail’s website.
Publication: Yearbook Architecture in The Netherlands
Our project Wisselspoor has been included in the Yearbook Architecture in The Netherlands 2022|2023. We are proud that we made it through to the final selection of works. This is a recognition of the collective effort by all the architects, advisors, builders and client to make this project into a big succes.
We are proud that our project de Goudvink has been nominated for the Amsterdamse Nieuwbouwprijs 2023. This prize awards the best new building in Amsterdam in 2023. It’s an audience award so please vote for us via this page.