S333 Architecture + Urbanism
On the Urban Designing of Architecture
02. June 2007 - 08. July 2007
Opening: June 01, 2007, 7 pm
“The city is not an object anymore, but a way of thinking. Not a place, but an action. It is a verb.” (S333 Architecture + Urbanism)
The Amsterdam and London based office S333 present their response to the current architectural challenges of worldwide urbanization from June 2nd until July 8th at the German Center for Architecture DAZ. Their approach to “urban designing of architecture” becomes visible in various building and research projects in Europe and New Zealand. The young architects have been short listed for the 2003 Mies van der Rohe Award, the 2004 RIBA Awards and were finalists for the acclaimed AM NAi Prize for the Best Building by Young Architects in the Netherlands 2003/04 and the 2005 Next Generation Award of the London Architecture Foundation. The exhibition “S333 Architecture + Urbanism” at the DAZ will open on Friday, June 01, 2007.
S333 present their work “on the urban designing of architecture” at the DAZ_FORUM. In their design and research projects, the young international office approaches the city as a complex urban ecology: “We believe that the global phenomenon of rapid urbanisation is throwing into question conventional urban design solutions, requiring both new combinations in building functions and how architects engage with others in the design process.”
S333 Architecture + Urbanism was founded in 1997 in Amsterdam / Netherlands. In response to a growing number of projects in the United Kingdom, S333 opened a second office in London in 2005. The studio currently employs 22 employees.
Four directors lead S333: Burton Hamfelt (born 1964 in Canada), Christopher Moller (born 1961 in New Zealand), Dominic Papa (born 1965 in England) and Jonathan Woodroffe (born 1964 in England). The office is currently engaged in projects in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, France, Georgia, USA and China. Already with their first completed project “Schots 1+2”, a mixed housing project in Groningen (NL) the office has been recognized internationally and was nominated for several awards. S333 has been especially acknowledged for their designs and research projects in the field of mixed use and mixed tenure development.
The exhibition “S333 Architecture + Urbanism – On the Urban Designing of Architecture” has recently been shown at La Galerie d’Architecture in Paris and is travelling now to Berlin. In the exhibition, S333 present 11 projects that illustrate the office’s objective “to define innovative strategies of physical intervention and design that are capable of responding to this change, combining multi-disciplinary solutions drawn from architecture, urbanism and landscape design”. The exhibition features research projects, such as Evolutionary Tower, studying the integration of a high rise building respecting existing qualities of a historical inner city, as well as designs for future projects and completed buildings.
Images (Till Budde):
Installations View (Photos 1+2); Beaumont Quarter, New Zealand (Photo 3); ROCvA, Netherlands (Photo 4); Bloembollenhof, Netherlands (Photo 5):