The Juliana Children’s Hospital in The Hague (the Netherlands) is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in The Netherlands. It was designed by MVSA Architects (consortium VolkerWesselsHaga) using patient-centered Planetree design concepts including natural light, ease of orientation and a welcoming, hospitality-oriented ethos.
One of the most eye-catching features of Delft’s new train station and municipal offices is its large 7700m2 vaulted ceiling, adorned with an historic city map in Delft’s blue that arches above the public lobby and station hall. The unique installation creates a memorable experience and can be seen throughout the public space, from both the city entrance as well as the platforms.
Harm Wondaal's background is in economics and information science which stand him in good stead as he observes that both economics and wayfinding are about human decision making and information processing.
In a familiar environment, wayfinding is unconscious and intuitive, people having acquired a mental map by learning and experience, accruing knowledge. In an unfamiliar environment people are dependent on “knowledge in the world”.
The Hajj—the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and the largest gathering of Muslim people in the world every year—is an important part of the world’s culture, yet it has not been explored on a substantial scale in a Dutch museum before. Kossmann.dejong provided the concept and design for the temporary exhibition Longing for Mecca–The Pilgrim’s Journey at Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) in Leiden, The Netherlands.
In the age of knowledge, architecture is the storyteller.
The year was 1969. In what he called an “Unwarranted Apology” for the discipline, architectural theorist Reyner Banham argued that while technological advances have often dictated innovation, architecture has often been late to adapt. His revelation, so obvious today by 21st century standards, was that mechanical engineering and architectural design cannot be separated.
The Afsluitdijk (“Closure Dike”) is a major dike that runs across the former Zuiderzee saltwater inlet in the Netherands and links the western and northern regions of the country. Built between 1927 and 1933, the 32-kilometer megadike represents an important event in the country’s history and is considered a work of art.