We’re very pleased to invite you to the exhibition “Prelude. Een wevende generatie”. This Wunderkammer portrays a new generation of architects in the Netherlands and Belgium. Prelude will be on display at the M HKA (Antwerp, Belgium) during A Temporary Futures Institute, an exhibition which for a few months will transform the M HKA  into a laboratory or workshop combining two concepts: art and future studies. The exhibition will be running from 16 June 2017 until 17 September 2017.



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We’re very pleased to invite you to the opening of the “Maatwerk / Massarbeit” exhibition at 8 pm on the 8th of October. We’re among thirty three Flemish and Dutch offices that have been invited by Marius Grootveld and Jantje Engels, commissioned by the Flemish Architecture Institute, to show their work. The exhibition “Maatwerk / Massarbeit: Custom Made Architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands” will be running from 8 October 2016 until 12 February 2017 in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. On the day before the opening a symposium will be held – featuring Willem Jan Neutelings (Neutelings Riedijk Architects), Job Floris (Monadnock) and Inge Vinck (architecten de vylder vinck taillieu) –  on the meaning of “maatwerk” in the work of Flemish and Dutch architects. More info on the work that will be shown soon.

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Unknown Architects have collaborated with Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) on the prize winning competition for £110m arts center ”The Factory” as a part of a large scale development plan in the city of Manchester. Unknown Architects were able to gain valuable insights, by studying the designs for this venue which can house a multiplicity of events. We were able to gain a deeper understanding of the typology by learning from the vast experience of OMA in all facets of theater and performance design.

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Unknown Architects is commissioned to design an Experience Center for TransFollow in Nootdorp. This company delivers services for the transport industry.

Two carefully placed objects define four different zones destined for four activities: A lobby, gallery, presentation space and conference room.
An industrial look will be combined with a selection of exclusive materials to create both a recognizable as a surprising atmosphere.


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A compact black volume is carefully placed in-between two existing trees in this lush garden in Amsterdam. The structure functions as a garden studio where the client, a musician, can practice, teach and withdraw herself from the roaring fuss of the city. By keeping the volume compact; a trapezoidal shape with the eaves over the diagonal of the volume and two large openings with sliding windows, we tried to affect the garden as minimal as possible.

The shape of the roof and the non-perpendicular walls accomplish not only good acoustic qualities in the interior but also give this small structure a certain degree of complexity, both in the interior as in the exterior. By slightly rotating the plan the volume sets itself apart from the border of the garden suggesting the volume as a freestanding object. The sloping roofs emphasize the depth of the garden, while the glazing, since the plan is slightly rotated does reflect the garden and not the back façade of the clients house.

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“Een modern en comfortabel pied-à-terre in een eeuwenoud huis in het centrum van een stad, dat is toch de wens van iedere reislustige ondernemer? Dit pied-à-terre, ontworpen door Unknown Architects, is een huis geworden waar je graag naar terug keert na een verblijf in het buitenland. Het ontwerp combineert een eeuwenoud pand met nieuwe interieurelementen met als resultaat een minimalistisch en praktisch ingerichte woning.”

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The renovation in Leiden has recently been published on Dezeen: ”Emerging Dutch firm Unknown Architects has renovated a 200-year-old house in Leiden by stripping back its interior, and inserting built-in furniture. Daan Vulkers and Keimpke Zigterman of Unknown Architects were careful to restore some of the house’s character and spatial simplicity by removing non-original partitioned walls and suspended ceilings to create open-plan spaces on all three floors.”

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A time lapse movie of the performance by Canja Ensemble in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ edited by Froukje van Wengerden.

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