Philosophy

UNStudio is an international architectural practice, situated in Amsterdam since 1988, with extensive experience in the fields of urbanism, infrastructure, public, private and utility buildings on different scale levels. At the basis of UNStudio are a number of long-term goals, which are intended to define and guide the quality of our performance in the architectural field. We strive to make a significant contribution to the discipline of architecture, to continue to develop our qualities with respect to design, technology, knowledge and management and to be a specialist in public network projects. We see as mutually sustaining the environment, market demands and client wishes that enable our work, and we aim for results in which our goals and our client’s goals overlap.

The expertise of UNStudio’s office personnel spans the gamut from technical and design professional architects to authorities in the fields of management and theory. The internal organizational core of the practice revolves around internal communication committees from which ideas and decisions permeate outwards and are absorbed. In these platforms specialists in their respective fields and senior personnel continuously bring our processes of planning, finance, acquisition, public relations, quality and organization to the next level. This enables us to minimize communication lines and combine the experience and expertise gained from the various projects, alongside the content developed in the knowledge platforms.

UNStudio works as a part of a united network. A highly flexible methodological approach has been developed which incorporates parametric designing and collaborations with leading specialists in other disciplines. Drawing on the knowledge found in related fields facilitates the exploration of comprehensive strategies which combine programmatic requirements, construction and movement studies into an integrated design. With this network approach UNStudio can set-up multidisciplinary teams from early stages onwards in order to create an efficient and integrated working process. This dynamic nature of the practice enables the exploration of new territories and the adaptation to future challenges.

Awards

2011 RIBA International Awards 2011 (Galleria Centercity, Cheonan, KR)

2010 IALD Award of Merit, Lighting design (Collector's Loft, NY)
2010 ULI 2010 Award for Excellence: EMEA (Music Theatre, Graz)
2010 5 Star award: Best Mixed-Use in China, Asia Pacific International Property awards (Galleria Cheonan)
2010 Award of Merit, AIA New York City (New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, New York)
2010 IIDA Annual Interior Design Award (Music Theatre, Graz)

2009 Cityscape, Highly Commended, Commercial/Mixed use – Built (Star Place, Kaohsiung)
2009 Red Dot Award, Best of The Best, MYchair

2008 Fellow RIBA, Hugo Haring Preis Guter Bauten, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Germany.
2008 Architekturpreis Beton 2008, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Germany.
2008 Second prize Wallpaper*Design Award 2008, VilLa NM, Great Brittan.
2008 German Design Prize 2008, Exhibition Mercedes-Benz Museum, Germany.

2007 Bienal Miami + Beach 2007, Theatre Agora, Gran Bienal Prize, USA.
2007 Silver Award Single Family Home, VilLA NM, Bienal Miami + Beach 2007, USA.
2007 Gyproc Trophy 2007, Theatre Agora, the Netherlands.
2007 Charles Jencks Award 2007 – Vision Built, London.
2007 Architect of the year 2006 – 2007, the Netherlands.
2007 Architekturpreis 2007, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Germany.
2007 Silber Designpreis 2007, Circle Sofa, Berlin, Germany.
2007 Nominee Mies van der Rohe Award 2007, Mercedes-Benz Museum.

2006 Reddot design Award, Circle Sofa, Essen, Germany.
2006 Ingenieurbau Preis 2006, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Berlin.

2005 Te Papa Museum, Wellington Waterfront, Waitangi, New Zealand.
2005 Nominee Architecture Award Almere 2005, La Defense, Almere, the Netherlands.
2005 Nominee Mies van der Rohe Award, La Defense, Almere, the Netherlands.
2005 Schreuders Award 2005, Parking garage Arnhem, the Netherlands.
2005 ANWB Award, best designed parking garage, Arnhem Parking garage, Arnhem, the Netherlands.
2005 Lighting Award, Galleria Department Store, Seoul, South Korea.
2005 Nominee Rietveld Award, Prince Claus bridge, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
2005 AIT Best of Europe, Color Award, La Defense, Almere, the Netherlands.
2004 Belgian Steel Award, Prince Claus bridge, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
2004 British Steel Award, Prince Claus bridge, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
2003 1822-Kunstpreis 2003, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany.
2001 Nominee Mies van der Rohe Award, Museum ‘Het Valkhof’, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
2000 Rietveld Prize Lecture, Utrecht.

1999 Dutch Concrete Award, Möbius House, ‘t Gooi, the Netherlands.
1997 Member of Honor of the BDA (Bond Deutsche Architekten).
1991 Charlotte Köhler Award, Amsterdam. 1986 British Council Fellowship. 1983 Eileen Gray Award