Studios of Dutch architecture firms including OMA, MVRDV and UNStudio revealed in photos

The latest set of images from photographer Marc Goodwin offers a look inside 17 prolific architects’ studios in the Netherlands.

OMA, MVRDV and UNStudio are among the Dutch firms whose studios feature in the new images by Goodwin, founder of photo agency Archmospheres.

They form the latest instalment in a series documenting architects’ studios from all around the world, which has previously seen the photographer travel to Dubai, Paris, London, Barcelona, Beijing, Shanghai and the Nordic countries.

Goodwin said that shooting in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, home to some of the biggest names in architecture, was a series highlight.

“It was a big thrill to actually walk around OMA,” he told Dezeen. “I felt like a groupie. In fact, I stared like a crazed fan when Reinier de Graaf walked passed me.”

The photographer said he found the country so easy to traverse that covering two cities in one go was a breeze.

“The country is small and the trains are amazing. It really was like travelling around Beijing or Shanghai or any one big city – except that it was a lot easier. In fact, I can confidently say this was the easiest and most pleasant of all of the studio stories I’ve shot so far,” he said.

Goodwin’s series has been driven in part by his curiosity to see which architecture studios have the nicest offices. In the Netherlands, he found some new contenders for his ultimate top five, including the workplaces of Studioninedots and Kaan Architecten.

“MVRDV was one of the most beautiful and well-laid-out studios I’ve been to,” he said. “But I also really loved Studio 9 Dots and the elegance of Kaan.”

However the studio with the best backstory, according to Goodwin, is Rotterdam office ZUS, which co-founders Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman squatted in before they won permission to develop it.

“Now it is a design hub, and even has a cafe and rooftop garden,” he said. “They’ve been there for something like 18 years and their kids were born there, if I’m not mistaken. Quite a story!”

Scroll down to see inside all 17 architecture offices in the Netherlands:


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

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In this space since: 2008
Number of employees: 10
Building’s former use: school


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Marc Koehler Architects

In this space since: 2013
Number of employees: 30
Building’s former use: office


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

NL Architects

In this space since: 2003
Number of employees: 20
Building’s former use: an ink factory designed by Ben Merkelbach


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

UNStudio

In this space since: 2001
Number of employees (Amsterdam office): 200+
Building’s former use: Spijker Cars, a manufacturer of hand-built sports cars


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Studioninedots

In this space since: June 2015
Number of employees: 27
Building’s former use: Stork factory hall


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Space & Matter 

In this space since: 2017
Number of employees: 18
Building’s former use: new build


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Fabrications

In this space since: 2012
Number of employees: 20
Building’s former use: space under railway viaduct that was repurposed as storage and workshops in the 1970s


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Mei Architects

In this space since: 2010
Number of employees: 29
Building’s former use: office


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Shift Architecture Urbanism

In this space since: 2018
Number of employees: 10
Building’s former use: car company from the 1930s


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

OMA

In this space since: 1997
Number of employees (Rotterdam office): 168
Building’s former use: office


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

ZUS

In this space since: 2000
Number of employees: 25
Building’s former use: vacant/school/office


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

MVRDV

In this space since: 2016
Number of employees: 200
Building’s former use: workshop halls / warehouse


MLA+ and Maccreanor Lavington Architects

In this space since: 1992
Number of employees: total 140, in Rotterdam 55
Building’s former use: back office of a bank


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Studio Nauta

In this space since: 2018
Number of employees: 4
Building’s former use: insurance office


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Kaan Architecten

In this space since: 2016
Number of employees: 85
Building’s former use: former premises of De Nederlandsche Bank


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Powerhouse Company

In this space since: 2017
Number of employees: 90
Building’s former use: offices of Royal Vopak, a Rotterdam harbour company


Dutch architecture offices photographed by Marc Goodwin

Barcode Architects

In the space since: 2013
Number of employees: 40
Building’s former use: office building

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