The UNStudio founder talks to Debika Ray about Arnhem Centraal station and why architecture can still shape our way of life
UN Studio's principal architect discusses the role of tall buildings in housing at his new 31-storey tower on London's City Road
A Dutch government building might look like a throwback to the age of showing off, but has a prudent internal economy.
Behind the animated facade of the Dutch practice’s Galleria Centercity lies an unusual hybrid: a department store and cultural centre.
"It's impossible to look bad in this building," announces UN Studio co-founder Ben van Berkel as he stands at the top of the spectacularly pink stairwell of the Theatre Agora in Lelystad. "Everybody looks good here."
A golden window reflects glimpses of the wild landscape and rolling hills of upstate New York, home to Amsterdam-based practice UN Studio's first building in America.
A concrete bunker from the Second World War was the starting point for a multi-purpose space by Amsterdam-based architect UN Studio.
Once, heavy industry was hidden in the poorest suburbs of cities, downwind and out of sight of those who made money from it. Then the modernists came along and told us factories were beautiful, initiating an industrial aesthetic.
UN Studio’s latest building is, perhaps, typically Dutch. A staid, cool exterior, and a bleeding heart interior – a kaleidoscopic courtyard as a metaphor for the repressed human desires of the office worker. Or perhaps it’s just a clever bit of material innovation that has been extended over the skin of a boring building type.