The Archiprix Foundation is a collaboration between higher educational institutions in the Netherlands in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture in Delft, Eindhoven, Wageningen, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Groningen, Maastricht, Rotterdam en Tilburg.
The Archiprix Foundation has organized the national Archiprix Netherlands since 1979. The Foundation also inaugurated Archiprix International in 2001. This has turned out to be an extremely successful combination. With her activities Archiprix introduces the most talented designers to a broad audience. Their excellent graduation projects present a wide variety of relevant solutions for contemporary design tasks.
The basic setup of Archiprix is straightforward: Archiprix invites all Master’s Degree programmes in the field of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture to select their best graduation project and to submit it the Archiprix organization. This setup enables Archiprix to give a picture of the state of the art of design education. In contrast to most other competitions, Archiprix does not impose or demand any theme-oriented work. It simply presents the plans that the educational programmes have selected and thus gives an unparalleled insight into the themes in which the programmes are engaged. Archiprix subsequently presents this top-class graduation work to a wide public by means of exhibitions, books, films and internet. Archiprix also organizes the assessment of the selected graduation plans by an independent jury. Finally, Archiprix stimulates the cooperation between the up-and-coming designers by bringing them into contact with one another via workshops.Although this formula may be simple, Archiprix does have a stimulating effect on many fronts. First of all, it functions as a launching pad for novice but talented designers. After all, all participants have been selected by their educational institution as the best graduates and that is widely acknowledged as proof of their design talent. As a consequence, they receive well-earned support at their entrance into professional practice. Moreover, the excellent graduation work receives the exposure it deserves: a broad spread of inspiring solutions to current, future and imaginary assignments are placed under the spotlights. Designers, policy-makers, curators can draw from a rich source of ideas. In addition, Archiprix allows the programmes the opportunity to present themselves with their best graduation work on a national and global platform. Students are interested in our activities because, on the one hand, the plans we present are all concrete examples of the quality level that one has to achieve in order to belong to the top category. In addition, it gives students who are looking for an educational programme where they can do a Master’s Degree after completing their Bachelor’s Degree insight into the field of programmes available. On the other hand, it also has a stimulating effect on the quality of education provided. It is not only a contest between graduates, it is also a challenge between schools. They select their best graduation plans and give justification to students and teachers, which benefits the discussion about the quality of the design programme. Graduates do their utmost to be selected for participation in Archiprix, which contributes to the quality of their graduation work in positive terms.
Exhibition ARCHIPRIX 2018 of the best Dutch graduation projects selected by all Master-level educational institutes teaching Architecture, Urbanism and Landscapearchitecture in the Netherlands. All 26 projects are presented extensively with drawings, beautiful models and books. The projects present lucid solutions for contemporary tasks. They present in all their diversity a picture of the state of play in Dutch design education. Such diversity is typical of Archiprix. Unlike most competitions there is no common design task. Scale, issues, presentation - all of these differ per plan. Up and coming talent is often presented for the first time by Archiprix.
The design for a new spatial configuration for the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States General of the Netherlands steps off from an empirical approach based on the way we perceive small discrete components.
The designed building houses a small-scale timber workshop where locally harvested trees are processed for local use. The workshop is designed as a tectonic manifestation of the natural resources found in the valley of the Jeker River and its principles of geological stratification.
How often do we pay attention to the narratives that unfold in our day-to-day built environment? How often do we pause and consider that we ourselves are in some way part of these narratives? How often are we aware that we are players in architectural space? Armed with these questions, this design for an experimental theatre complex explores the phenomenon of seeing and being seen in an architectural setting.
Ethiopia is in the throes of a relentless development and the population of Addis Ababa in particular is growing faster than the city can absorb. The result is a huge shortage of housing. During the last ten years, the Ethiopian government has tried to tackle the housing shortage by building blocks of apartments. However, this government initiative is unable to truly resolve the problem of accommodation. While it does achieve a high density and a fast construction process, it is a system imported from abroad and as such utterly fails to meet local requirements. Three main problems can be highlighted: production costs are too high for the target groups, the set-up fails to match the social and cultural context of Ethiopia’s urban poor and the apartment units are not flexible enough to meet changing resident needs.
The technological developments of the last hundred years have left us with many abandoned industrial landscapes that constitute a threat to the local environment. These include post-mining landscapes, which are expected to grow in number worldwide in the coming decades. Reclamation, as defined in the literature by Alan Berger (Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at MIT), has the ability to recover these landscapes as a laboratory for new scripts, minimizing their negative impacts and maximizing their aesthetic and ecological functionality.
This graduation project seeks to apply architectural landscape interventions as a tool to exercise control, particularly in troubled times and at troubled places. The site chosen for this purpose is Fort de Vaujours, an abandoned uranium-contaminated area near Paris where gypsum is to be mined in the future.
This project for a transformation of the British central bank aims to interpret or reinterpret architecture as the embodiment of historical meaning and institutionalism. It seeks to give architectural expression to a potential and, by its very nature, historic monetary reform whereby money would finally become an autonomous public institution. The project is driven by fundamental questions about the meaning of both money and architecture: what exactly is money and how does architecture mediate between institutional power and individual freedom? Critically inspired by John Soane’s legendary long-lost Bank of England, the project explicitly engages the architectural dialectics of ruin and construction with those of genuine publicity and institutional power.
The spatial design of this graduation project constructs a new dynamic master plan for Slotermeer, two blocks of which are worked up in detail. Retaining the existing buildings, the project seeks to adapt this post-war garden suburb of Amsterdam step by step to meet today’s needs and create a more valuable city area. By adding a variety of types and forms of development, the context of existing monotonous building stock changes, giving rise to an urban area with a layered quality and history that a demolish & rebuild programme would take many decades to achieve.
This transformation of the dilapidated Volkspark Dutzendteich in Neurenberg gives the park landscape a modified identity and a new practical value, as well as giving the difficult on-site history a meaningful place in the park.
This graduation thesis deals with the continuity of the European city through the example of Milan. Combining research and design, the project seeks to rationally define the relationship between the typology of the Milanese apartment and the morphology of the city. It steps off from the hypothesis that the relationship between type and morphology (in a general sense) is at the root of this continuity.
Home of Legends is an eSports hub in the heart of London, designed for Fnatic. Fnatic is one of the most storied eSports organisations in Europe, succeeding in being about far more than just gaming. Home of Legends houses Fnatic’s League of Legends team and headquarters. Home of Legends offers spaces for the professional players to train, eat, come together and sleep, and the building can also be visited by fans.
Flowing Force is a ‘cultural design’ for the Dutch river delta. Its aim is to make stakeholders rethink their approach to this area. The project steps off from the DNA of the Delta when making the landscape design. It shows that landscape-shaping processes can partly do the work for us in creating a richer, more robust and more dynamic landscape.