Welcome: van der Architects

Written by BCCJ
May 23, 2017

Written by BCCJ
May 23, 2017

***Delighted to welcome van der Architects as the newest Entrepreneur Member of the BCCJ***

Who we are: van der Architects is an architectural design company based in Tokyo. The firm was founded by Martin van der Linden, a Dutch architect educated in the Netherlands, Japan and the UK. Before establishing van der Architects Martin worked for the renewed Japanese architect Hiroshi Hara on the Kyoto station and Umeda Sky Building. In the mid-‘90s, he was employed by the Japanese office of César Pelli, and then became a design consultant to the Japanese Ministry of Education’s privatised architecture office (EFI) from 1997-1999. Teaching at Waseda University and Tokyo University of Science for around ten years, Martin established van der Architects in 2001.

What we do: Today architects can design and build anything, anywhere in anyway. Our aim is to create an architecture where users have an authentic experience of space.

How we do it: Architecture is about movement and rest within space. We strive in creating immersive experiences of space. This is done through careful selection of materials, the tactility of space, the use of shadow, light and reflection, by inserting a variety of viewpoints, by taking dimensionality of the space and our mobility into consideration. An authentic space is not so much seen but rather it is felt.

Why we do it: The spaces we inhabit emotionally shape us.

For whom: Our clients share our believe that architecture, the creation of space has a strong influence on its users. As such our clients feel a personal as well as social responsibility that the spaces they commission us to design will help the well-being of the users of these spaces.

Where: Projects are being undertaken in Japan. Through a series of strategic partnerships we also work on projects in the Asian region.

The result: An authentic experience of space.


Interview with Martin van der Linden

Q: Why did you come to Japan? 
A: As a student I worked for one year for the Japanese architect Hiroshi Hara on the Kyoto Station.

Q: What is is you like about Japan? 
A: Dedication and attention to detail but that’s what I dislike about Japan as well.

Q: Who’s your favourite architect?
A: Kazuo Shinohara

Q: You also have a Youtube Channel?
A: Yes, it is called One Minute Architecture. I make weekly video’s about topics I like, mostly architecture related such as the new Hokusai Museum or the destruction of the Sony Building in Ginza. Please have a look and subscribe!

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