We design sustainable buildings by linking centuries of building in our Dutch climate to relevant, smart solutions. Economical thinking and common sense are essential factors in this; after all, however smart you are with technology – saving energy starts with the functional design of a building.
Our approach to a project is low-tech. That does not necessarily mean that the least possible amount of installation and building technology is required, but it does mean that it is integrated instead of stacked. The goal is to come up with integrated solutions that contribute to a working environment that is as natural as possible and in which people feel comfortable in every conceivable way. The desired result is ultimately not just a high-quality energy-efficient building that is pleasant for the user, but also a building that has a positive effect on the immediate living environment.
Strotec is a new construction system based on prefab strawpanels and other materials that ask little or no energy in production or processing, where energy is saved by using efficient equipment and the use of ending fossil fuels is prevented. Architecten|en|en is the design partner in crime of the Strotec team.
A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business. – A.A. Milne
The leg of a chair is the little sister of a column. – Alvar Aalto
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill
The details are not the details, they make the design. –Charles Eames
Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
Beauty finds her achievement in simplicity. – Iyanat Khan
There is a danger when every building has to look spectacular; to look like it is changing the world. I don't care how a building looks if it means something, not to architects, but to the people who use it. –David Chipperfield
Never design anything that cannot be made. –Jean Prouvé
You need the simplest version of the idea in order for it to grow naturally in the subject's mind. It's a very subtle art. –Eames, Inception
If you think you can't make the world a better place with your work, at least make sure you don't make it worse. –Herman Hertzberger
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
Look like a girl. Act like a lady. Think like a man.
Work like a boss. -Marilyn Monroe
The rigidity of a bottle's form does not affect the fluidity of the liquid it contains. - Léon Krier
The sun does not realize how wonderful it is until after a room is made - Louis Kahn
I thought a lot and I controlled my thoughts in my work – and I controlled my work through my thoughts. - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. But when I’ve finished, if the solution is not beautiful I know it’s wrong. – Buckminster Fuller
Out of limitations, new forms emerge - Georges Braque
Everything you can imagine is real - Pablo Picasso
One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again - Renzo Piano