Autor: Atelier Kempe Thill

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ATELIER KEMPE THILL architects and planners, Rotterdam

Design Statement
Since the nineties, contemporary architecture is being confronted more and more with a contradictory phenomenon that appears on all scales and working fields. Architects are asked on one hand to produce very neutral and anonymous buildings that can be changed easily, are able to react on changing economic situations and are adaptable to different programs. On the other hand at the same time, they are asked to create very specific buildings that are easy to identify, possessing pleasant form with unique spaces and can be enjoyed by the users. Atelier Kempe Thill takes this modern paradox very consciously as the point of departure of the work. The office is by this able to create structures that are neutral and economic as well as being enjoyable and innovative. By doing so, architecture is free to express the hidden vitality of our time.

The working field of the office belongs within the realms of urban and landscape planning, public building and housing, interiors and exhibition design but also research, scenarios, education and publishing. Given the opportunity the office enters the design process earlier than normal shifting the emphasis from just solving problems to searching for the right questions. From an early stage the office is working closely together with various technical advisors to investigate all the design possibilities and push the project to its limits. By this we are able to offer new solutions for the spatial organization and a better detailing of the building within the given, often limited – budgets. The pleasure of designing is combined with professional management. The quality of our work is important, therefore, the office prefers to work on the basis of full commission during the whole process allowing the office to guarantee a good product.

Short Office History
Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners was founded in 2000 by the two German architects, André Kempe (’68) and Oliver Thill (’71), following their Europan 5 winning proposal of 300 dwellings in Kop van Zuid, Rotterdam. While this project didn’t result in a commission, the office survived the recession of 2002-2004 and has been able to position itself well within the Dutch architectural scene. In the last 13 years the practice has grown from a ‘two-man band’ to a stable, medium-sized office with around 20 employees.

The office’s range of work has systematically broadened since its foundation. Beginning with collective housing and small public building commissions, the practice portfolio has developed to include large renovation, infrastructure and urban design projects. Single-sided specialisation and the consequent limitations this brings have been avoided through the wide diversity of commissions; as a result the practice is also more economically stable. Since its foundation, Atelier Kempe Thill has tried not to limit itself to the Netherlands, but instead establish itself within the wider European market. Through its participation in over 90 international competitions, the office has acquired commissions not only in the Netherlands, but also Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, Morocco and Egypt.

Atelier Kempe Thill is becoming increasingly well known in architectural circles. In the last 12 years the office has appeared in around 500 publications worldwide, amongst which were two monographs. In addition, the office’s partners have given over 150 lectures. This professional recognition enables the office to acquire increasingly complex projects and compete with the larger, more commercial practices.

Work: Various commissions for public buildings, collective housing and urban planning in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Austria, France and Morocco

Selection of realized works:
– Museum pavilion “light building”, Rotterdam – NL, 2001
– Dutch pavilion IGA 2003 “Hedge building”, Rostock – Germany, 2003
– Row houses Roosendaal – NL, 2005
– Franz Liszt Concert Hall Raiding – AT, 2006
– Apartment block Amsterdam-IJburg – NL, 2007
– Museum for Traditional Crafts Veenhuizen – NL, 2008
– Information centre Ministry of Justice Rotterdam – NL, 2008
– Town houses Amsterdam-Osdorp – NL, 2008
– Apartment tower Zwolle – NL, 2009
– Open Air theatre and bridge Grotekerkplein Rotterdam – NL, 2010
– Remodeling 1100 Apartments Uithoorn – NL, 2010
– Youth centre Amsterdam – Osdorp NL, 2011
– 600 bed-youth hotel Prora, Germany, 2011
– 110 houses Den Haag – Moerwijk – NL, 2012
– Junkie Hotel Amsterdam-ZO – NL, 2012

Selection of work under construction:
– Parliament of the German-speaking Community Eupen – Belgium, 2008-2013
– Restoration Concert hall DeHarmonie, Antwerp – Belgium, 2010-2015
– Refurbishment Town hall Borsele – NL, 2009-2013

Selection of work in planning:
– Surgery department UMC Utrecht – NL, 2010-
– German and Dutch Embassy Rabat – Morocco, 2010-
– Housing estate Arnhem – NL, 2010-
– Smart Grid Laboratory KU Leuven – Belgium, 2011-
– Refurbishment of two slab buildings, Antwerp – Belgium, 2011-
– Housing block Bremen, Germany, 2011-
– Two apartment buildings Paris-Montmartre France, 2012-
– Apartment building Antwerp – Nieuw Zuid, Belgium, 2012-
– Elderly housing estate, Heist op den Berg, Belgium, 2012-
– Transformation Wintercircus Ghent, Belgium, 2013-

Prizes / awards:
– Winner Europan 5 Rotterdam / NL (1999)
– Winner ‘the house of the 21st century” Roosendaal / NL (2001)
– Bauwelt Award, Germany (2003)
– Detail award, Germany (2005 +2009)
– Rotterdam – Maaskant Prize for Young Architects, Netherlands (2005)
– Design Vanguard 2007, USA (2007)
– Burgenländischer Architekturpreis / Austria (2008)
– Special Mention European Prize for Urban Public Space, Spain (2010)
– AM-NAi Award, NL (2010)
– Dutch Architect of the year, NL (2011)
– Honorable mention Architecture of Necessity, Sweden (2012)

CV Andre’ Kempe
– Born 21. 06. 1968 in Freiberg (DDR – East Germany)
– 1990-1996 Technische Universiteit in Dresden
– 1993 – urban studies in Paris about the “villes nouvelles”
– 1994- urban studies in Tokyo about “shibuya”
– 2000 Atelier Kempe Thill in Rotterdam / The Netherlands
– 1999- visiting lectureship: TU Delft
Academie van Bouwkunst Arnhem
Academie van Bouwkunst Rotterdam
– 2003-2007 board member Young European Architects
– 2009 – board member Monu magazine

CV Oliver Thill
Born 02.01. 1971 in Karl Marx Stadt (DDR – East Germany)
– 1990-1996 Technische Universiteit in Dresden
– 1993- urban studies in Paris about the “villes nouvelles”
– 1994- urban studies in Tokyo about “shibuya”
– 2000 Atelier Kempe Thill in Rotterdam / The Netherlands
since 1999- visiting lectureship

TU Delft
– Academie van Bouwkunst Arnhem
– Academie van Bouwkunst Rotterdam
– Berlage Institute Rotterdam
The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design Delft
– 2009- Board member Jaap Bakema Foundation

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