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

Year : 2018
Status : On-going

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

Year : 2011-14
Status : Completed
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 : 1100 sqm

Floor Area : 230 sqm

Year : 2019
Status : Design Proposal




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

Year : 2018-19
Status : Completed

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 : UBER Japan
Location : Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Program : Greenlight Hub + Regional Office
Area : 460 sqm

Year : 2018-19
Status : Completed

Photos : Vincent Hecht

Split over two floors, the ground floor contains a reception, waiting areas, sign-up, and training spaces. The basement floor is accessible via an internal staircase where a break-out space, toilets, and workstations are located. Most of the enclosed spaces have a double skin of expanded wire mesh panels attached to a partition with frosted glass. The combination of glass and mesh offer privacy while maintaining a visual connection with the main space. The wire mesh panels have also been used as a decorative feature in the basement to clad a back-lit wall.

Wood cement boards are clad on many of the walls to improve the enclosed rooms as well as open space acoustics. Due to heavy foot traffic within the venue, a durable grey Marmoleum is used as flooring. A variety of Japanese stuccoes that are normally used as a spray-on exterior cladding of wooden houses have been used to bring accent texture and colors on a few walls and columns. Careful lighting accentuates these different textures of the space.

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