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derksen|windt architecten is a young and distinctive ambitious architecture studio with its own signature, founded in 2008 by Jeroen Derksen and David Windt. 'We started our office because we want our vision on architecture translated into projects.

For every assignment we look for a clear and ideal starting point, a question that needs to be answered for that specific assignment. We do research and design studies in order to get as close to the perfect solution as possible.

We make our designs thinking from the optimal future experience for the users. From the inside as well as from the outside. This creates a beautiful, often original, sharply detailled design.'


DAYLIGHT

For us, daylight has a major influence on the design. Daylight shapes the space and when used intelligently is has the potential to create fantastic effects and spaces. Sight is inextricably linked with it.

The play between daylight and sight and interaction between showing both fully or partly or not at the same time is architecture. More on this subject on research part (click here) of our website.
DETAIL

To be able to realise our vision and ideals in practice they have to be taken from an idea to something that can really be built. We consider designing smart, beautifully detailed, sophisticated and integrated solutions for details essential. We have great interest in the possibilities of what materials can do with the design and the image. More on this subject on research part (click here) of our website.
SUSTAINABLE

Sustainability is a buzz-word. People pretends to create sustainable designs by just placing solar panels on the roof, making a building require less fossil energy. But more can be won.

The real benefit that we want to achieve as architects is in the passive aspects of sustainable design. Aspects as the orientation of the building and the openings, the use of materials, and the current and future usability. More on this here.
// HIGHLIGHTED: WOOD AND CLT

Since a construction method is not easy to see in project photos, here a brief explanation about the realization of designs and more specifically about wood and CLT. Over the past years we have always been looking for smart (and therefore time, material and cost-saving) construction methods to realize our designs. A design is one, but getting it cleverly constructed and realized is an equal second step.

From the start of our office we have a passion for this, as seen in our text on the ‘detail’. We have realized several designs by applying prefabricated wooden elements (cross laminated timber known as CLT) and working with timber frame construction for the floors and walls of a building. By thinking in terms of construction options, we realize lighter, more sustainable and smarter designs. This beyond the standard lines thinking we also do with other materials and construction methods.
clt en hout
// HIGHLIGHTED: SCHOOLS

Since our research into the reuse and renovation of existing school buildings in 2014, we have been involved in this task through our projects and research. We would like to further explain this subject, as it is not so easily displayed in the projects or research page on our website.

Many school buildings are decades old and no longer meet the current standards for spatial possibilities and use, but certainly also for the indoor climate and energy consumption. Demolition and new construction is often the chosen path, but there is an alternative: a tailored renovation specific to that school.

For example, a post-war school often has beautiful high and large spaces with many windows and is well built. What we strive for is to use the 'old' qualities again with a design that is in line with the current and future wishes of a school board, to create extra space for this (which is often relatively easy to realize in or on top of the building) is) and equally sustainable.

The school gets a contemporary and fresh look with its own identity, and meets current standards. We believe that for certain schools these renovations can be smarter and cheaper than a new construction, including future use. This certainly does not apply to every school, sometimes new construction is the best option. But many buildings offer an enormous number of possibilities and with a cheaper and quicker construction design, several schools can be modernized on a short term, whereby the children and teachers are able to teach in a building with a healthy indoor climate.
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Nice development in greenhouse construction: Smart use of solar energy with lenses in the roof - 02/12/19

kas lens 1 kas lens 2 © photos Technokas B.V.

The Greenhouse horticulture in the Westland is world famous. The typical greenhouses form a well-known image. But there are interesting ongoing developments around these familiair and similarly looking greenhouses for years. Now that the energy issues are becoming increasingly important, there is the possibility of great innovations around the use of solar energy for these greenhouses. Which is nice, since the greenhouse is essentially made to handle and use sunlight this smartly. The company Technokas> developed a interesting concept which we would like to share here. By means of fresnel lenses in the glass roof, they managed to concentrate sunlight in thin focal lines that end up directly on black tubes through which water runs. This heats up and therefor is able to store the energy. A smart and integrated system that makes the first energy 0 greenhouse in the Netherlands possible.

schools and derksen|windt architecten - 15/11/19

scholen

Since our research into the reuse and renovation of existing school buildings in 2014, we have been involved in this task through our projects and research. We would like to further explain this subject, as it is not so easily displayed in the projects or research page on our website.

Many school buildings are decades old and no longer meet the current standards for spatial possibilities and use, but certainly also for the indoor climate and energy consumption. Demolition and new construction is often the chosen path, but there is an alternative: a tailored renovation specific to that school.

For example, a post-war school often has beautiful high and large spaces with many windows and is well built. What we strive for is to use the 'old' qualities again with a design that is in line with the current and future wishes of a school board, to create extra space for this (which is often relatively easy to realize in or on top of the building) is) and equally sustainable.

The school gets a contemporary and fresh look with its own identity, and meets current standards. We believe that for certain schools these renovations can be smarter and cheaper than a new construction, including future use. This certainly does not apply to every school, sometimes new construction is the best option. But many buildings offer an enormous number of possibilities and with a cheaper and quicker construction design, several schools can be modernized on a short term, whereby the children and teachers are able to teach in a building with a healthy indoor climate.
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derksen windt architecten

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