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About Martin van der Linden : Martin van der Linden studied architecture in the Netherlands, the UK and Japan, where he worked for the renowned Japanese architect Hiroshi Hara on the redesign of Kyoto’s main train station. In the mid 90’s, he was employed by the Japanese office of Cesar Pelli, and then became a design consultant to the Japanese Ministry of education’s privatised architecture office (EFI) from 1997-1999. Teaching at Waseda University and Tokyo University of Science for around 10 years, Martin established his own architecture practice, van der Architects in 2001. Martin has designed with van der Architects various projects ranging from corporate offices, housing to public facilities. All these projects are created with great care and attention to detail. Not only are the practical elements of the programme being taken into consideration but we are obsessed with the way users can have an authentic experience of the spaces that are designed.
The experience of space starts with mobility, a promise that slowly unfolds around us as we move through space. The experience is then filtered through the larger context surrounding the space. Architecture has the ability to create possible worlds through construction. However, I think that architecture should be a manner of looking at the context again and reinforce the unique contextual elements that are there. The uniqueness should not come from the shape of the space, although this could be an element of the design as well, of course. I think that uniqueness should consider the context to be the starting point. As such, architecture will act as a modal filter of context and will help to create a space, which, when walked through, helps us experience what in the end becomes the space’s identity. As such daylight, plays an important role in establishing a deeper experience with space. A flash of sunlight breaking through the clouds can dramatically alter a space. Lying on your back watching clouds pass by in a roof window, all these experiences with a space are what our architecture is about.
van der Architects
1992, Architectonische vormgeving, ABK, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1995, Pg Dip Architecture, Southbank University, London, UK
1992: Hiroshi Hara
1995: Cesar Pelli, Japan
1993 -1994: Scholarship from the Dutch Foundation for Architecture,
1995, Richard Davis Award for best student project, Southbank University, London, UK
1995: 3rd prize, Membrane Design Competition, Tokyo, Japan
2014, 370 years of friendship, NHK World, Japan
2014, Timber community centre by van der Architects in earthquake-hit Japanese town, Dezeen,
English: Near Native
German: Near Native
Analogue synthesizers, dogs, modern art, traveling
Awards received by Martin van der Linden
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