International recognition to Vincent van der Meulen

Vincent van der Meulen ha sido elegido como uno de los más importantes jóvenes arquitectos europeos en el concurso “40 under 40”.

Vincent van der Meulen has been chosen by Europe 40 under 40 as one of the most important upcoming young European architects. The annual laureate, which is awarded by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, recognises new talent and new creative thinking at the forefront of the architecture profession today.

Vincent van der Meulen, who joined Dutch architecture office Kraaijvanger Urbis in 2006 and is associate partner since 2010, specializes in innovative buildings that are highly sustainable. His work is characterized by a constant search to find new ways of making cities and buildings completely sustainable. He passionately advocates international, multidisciplinary collaboration to find a new and more attractive balance between the built environment and nature. To him especially the water’s edge forms a key-position where quality of life, space, light and possibilities for sustainable innovation all come together. He currently works on a variety of projects. Amongst others the city halls of Almelo and Venlo as well as a school for urban agriculture in Almere. He has won awards for the self sufficient floating house and the World Sustainability Centre ‘Afsluitdijk’. Van der Meulen is internationally active with the ‘Open Source House’-initiative (concept owner). A new project will be launched at the beginning of 2012 which aims at accelerating the developments self sufficient housing. His submission for the Europe 40 under 40 included the self sufficient floating house, the World Sustainability Center Afsluitdijk and the Water purifying community Maashaven in Rotterdam.

About  Kraaijvanger • Urbis
It is an independent consultancy for town planning, architecture, interior design, landscape, project planning and project management. Founded in 1928 , Kraaijvanger • Urbis has always succeeded in passing on knowledge and skill to the next generation. The firm’s analytical and realization-oriented approach is suited for both small-scale consultancies and large, complex, multidisciplinary projects. Projects vary from high-rise office buildings and major town halls to exclusive private residences, retail, educational institutes and prestigious cultural centers. In addition, the firm specializes in complex inner-city projects. Context and content of a design play a key role in each project, with a focus on timeless quality. Sustainable construction principles form an integral part of the design process. Our goals are clear: buildings with a net zero energy consumption, built entirely from cradle to cradle materials and open to the future. Additional value is created by adding new layers (local) meaning. To achieve this Kraaijvanger • Urbis focuses on the relationship between their three disciplines: architecture, urban design and interior, which forms the key to success in designing fundamentally sustainable projects. Projects by Kraaijvanger • Urbis include amongst others the City Hall Den Bosch, the Dutch Embassy Residence in Beijing, and the Concert and event center De Doelen in Rotterdam. Current projects include the new city hall in Utrecht, Museum Kranenborg in Bergen. Next to this Kraaijvanger Urbis is working on the new Municipal Office for Venlo (which is fully designed according to cradle to cradle principles), and is closely involved in the Open Source House, an initiative to structurally improve the quality and sustainability of housing in low income countries. Recently completed are the Dordrecht Museum, the Arte College in Almere, the Culture Building in Hoofddorp and the headoffice for Rabobank in Utrecht.

More information > www.kraaijvanger.urbis.nl / www.vincentvandermeulen.com

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