Client : Confidential Chinese Developer
Location : Guangming, China
Program : Community Center, Cafeteria, Conference, Offices, Dining
Built Area : 2165 sqm
Site Area : 3900 sqm

Scope : Concept & Design Development

Year : 2018
Status : On-going
Project Team : Martin van der Linden, Dhruv Kohli, Shan Wei, Shengcan Yang, William Yu

Despite being situated about 26km from Shenzhen, Guangming has a surprisingly agrarian village-like character. This project is intended to kick-start the creation of a park designated for the education of both agriculture and ecology. The first building to be constructed within this park will be a 2165m2 multifunctional visitor’s centre. The double-height structure contains a multi-use space, a couple of small enclosed rooms on the ground floor and a cafeteria on the second floor.

The main building is conceived as a 10 meter-tall polycarbonate box. The materiality of the polycarbonate panels allows for fast construction but also refers to the agricultural character of the greenhouses found throughout the park. The circulation is conceived as a covered corridor running parallel in front along the whole structure. From this corridor one enters the main building, but walking further along there will be a cluster of dining rooms placed over two floors. The corridor also takes the visitors to the  decks in front of the building leading to the a pond and to the other areas of the park.




Client : Oranda-Jima Foundation
Location : Yamada-machi, Japan

Program : After-School House, Community Center

Plot Area : 713 sqm

Built Area : 210 sqm
Scope : Concept & Design Development, Landscape Design, Construction Drawings & Management

Year : 2011-14
Status : Completed
Project Team : Martin van der Linden, Ayumu Ota, Yuko Kawakita
Consultants : Structural Environment
Photography : Josh Lieberman
Winner of “Silver A’Design Award 2015” in the category of Architecture, Building, and Structure Design

After a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the town on 11th March 2011, several major companies were urged to help by a longtime friend of Yamada-machi in The Hague, the Netherlands. The companies were both Duth and International, including the PA International Foundation, DSM, Rabobank, The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan, van der Architects and Stichting 't Trekpaert.
This business group decided to offer the town a facility where children would have a place to play, heal and come together. Following extensive consultations with the Yamada-machi authorities, it was proposed in February 2012 to establish an after-school house and community centre.

The Foundation is named after the island where in 1643 a Dutch ship, called The ‘Breskens’ landed in the Bay of Yamada. This island was called 'Oranda-jima ('Holland Island')  350 years after the  ‘Breskens’ stranded there.



Client : Confidential Client
Location : Suburbia of Tokyo, Japan
Program : Cafeteria
Plot Area : 

Floor Area : 230 sqm

Scope : Concept Design

Year : 2019
Status : Design Proposal
Project Team : Martin van der Linden, Dhruv Kohli, Manuela Cresta, Manon Lhommelet




Client : UBER Japan
Location : Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Program : Greenlight Hub + Regional Office
Area : 380 sqm

Scope : Concept & Design Development, Constrcution Drawings, Project Management

Year : 2018-19
Status : Completed
Project Team : Martin van der Linden, Ayumu Ota, Dhruv Kohli, Yoko Kimura, Romane Negre, Manon Lhommelet, Shan Wei
General Contractor : SPD Meiji
Lighting Consultants : Muse - D 

Photos : Josh Lieberman

The reception is entered directly from the outside and the delivery bikers can park there bicycles inside within the reception space. The main waiting and on-boarding space are designed as a plaza around which support spaces are placed. A wall which includes a hidden door is created out of cement board panels which are installed to provide good acoustics. Expanded mesh panels are used to close-off a storage room.

The mesh is also placed in front of glass partitions in the main room. The frosted sheet on the glass behind the mesh provides privacy while making sure the depth of space is not lost. Space has a 3.5-meter ceiling which is painted black. The work area has a break-out space with picnic-style tables and chairs in front of a dry-kitchen unit.



Client : Confidential Consulting Firm
Location : Tokyo, Japan
Program : Corporate Office
Area : 2600 sqm

Scope : Concept & Design Development, Constrcution Drawings, Project Management

Year : 2018
Status : Completed
Project Team : Martin van der Linden, Ayumu Ota
Consultants : ARUP (MEP), Nittobo (Acoustic), Structural Environment (Structures), Inwars (AV), Eire (IT), FEP (Landscape)

Contractors : Mori Building 
Photos : Josh Lieberman

An international consulting company asked us to design their new offices. We designed meeting rooms with corridor-facing windows made of switchable glass, providing privacy when needed. A staircase connecting two floors is clad in clear and matte reflective glass panels that bend in the center. The shape these bent panels created was — for better or worse — called the “Mysterious Object.”

This became the focal point of the project, and the Mysterious Object began to represent the work performed by our client’s consultants: a transfer function of information within a BlackBox. On a not-so-mysterious level, the transfer function of the staircase became literal, as it connects both office floors, but also serves as a way to extend the space and add two meeting rooms at the staircase’s base. The landing of the staircase guides staff to a multi-purpose break room with a variety of seating.

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