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‘Wiel Arets Architects : STILLS’, COAM, Madrid, Spain

10 Nov – 22 Dec 2011
Fundación Arquitectura COAM, C/ Piamonte nº 23, 28009 Madrid


Wiel Arets Architects was founded in 1983 and has since expanded to become an internationally renowned name. The firm has its roots in the Limburg region of the Netherlands, and has offices in Amsterdam, Maastricht and Zürich.

STILLS shows the development of the oeuvre, expands upon the theoretical background that informs the work, and offers insight into the sources of inspiration and fascination of Wiel Arets; from his very early beginnings, to his current teachings and projects. In six short video documentaries, the architect leads the visitor through the cities of Tokyo, Zürich, Berlin and Milan, expounding his vision of the future of architecture and urban construction.

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Wiel Arets: ‘Perspectives’, The Netherlands

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photographs from Wiel Arets Architects

2011 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam documentary world premiere

(Amsterdam, 21 September 2011) The world premiere of the documentary ‘Perspectives’ on the life and work of this architect will take place at the 2011 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam on 8 October at 17:45

Perspectives, a documentary on the life and work of Dutch architect Wiel Arets, produced by George Vegelaar, will have its world premiere at the 2011 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam on 8 October at 17:45. The documentary sketches the image of an enthusiastic, ambitious and tireless architect working throughout the world. Set throughout the Netherlands, Milan, Zürich, Berlin and Tokyo, the producers travelled with Arets for months, talking with him along the way about his ideas and theories as they relate to architecture, design and metropolitan development, as well as his current projects.

The film’s producers also speak to him about his choice of clothing – in particular his affection for Comme des Garçon, his passion for Japan and its culture, as well as his time as Dean of the Berlage Institute, as a tenured professor at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and his countless professorships at the world’s most renowned universities. Perspectives is an in-depth portrait of a timeless, driven and highly energetic man: Wiel Arets

Wiel Arets Amsterdam Design

29 Apr 2011
De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
De Nieuwe Liefde Amsterdam
picture from WAA
De Nieuwe Liefde

20 Apr 2011

Wiel Arets Book

‘STILLS: A Timeline of Ideas, Articles & Interviews 1982-2010’

In connection with the recent WAA exhibition entitled STILLS, the accompanying exhibition book – STILLS: A Timeline of Ideas, Articles & Interviews 1982-2010 – is an in-depth look at the words behind the work of Dutch architect Wiel Arets. The book is a winner of the ‘2010 Best Dutch Book Design Award’ for the category of ‘Special Interest’.

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photo : WAA

Wiel, first as a professor at the AA London, Columbia University New York, the Cooper Union New York, Washington University St. Louis, as former Dean of the Berlage Institute Rotterdam and as a professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, believes that research and education are an intrinsic part of being an architect. It means thinking and making while instilling a nonlinearity in the creation process.

Within the book texts as well as images of selected built projects – photographed by Jan Bitter – weave through a span of 28 years, providing an overview of realised buildings in their everyday context. The development of Arets’ ideas are shown in their multitude of thought and action through a collection of articles, interviews and the most important theoretical texts by the architect – including many that were previously unpublished or only available in Dutch. Throughout the book Wiel enters into a dialogue with others, while his work is simultaneously critically assessed and analysed.

Some of architecture’s most influential voices can be found inside, including: Stan Allen, Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos, Kristin Feireiss, Kenneth Frampton, Jacques Herzog, Hans Ibelings, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas, Arthur Kroker, Bart Lootsma, Greg Lynn, Robert McCarter, Dominique Perrault, Hani Rashid, Kazuyo Sejima, Roemer van Toorn, Anthony Vidler and Alejandro Zaera-Polo.

The book retails for €34.50, is a 630 page publication, and is available for purchase via: www.010.nl

H House, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Date built: 2011
H House Maastricht design by Wiel Arets Architecture
photo : Joao Morgado
H House Maastricht

WAA Dutch Architectural Exhibition

18 Dec – 13 Feb 2011 Glaspaleis, Heerlen, The Netherlands
After more than 25 years of continuous innovation, the time for an oeuvre exhibition on the work done by WAA has come. With more than 250 projects, 20 monographs, a series of products in production, countless lectures and professorships given by Wiel, and four new office publications in the works, the timing seems right.

Key Projects by WAA

Featured Developments by Wiel Arets Architects, alphabetical:

A Tower, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A Tower design by Wiel Arets Architecture
picture : WAA
A Tower Amsterdam

Apartment tower, Rotterdam

Deichmanske Library – Competition design, Oslo, Norway
Deichmanske Library design by Wiel Arets Architecture
picture : WAA
Deichmanske Library Oslo

Fashion Shop Beltgens, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Fashion Shop Beltgens
picture : Jan Bitter
Fashion Shop Beltgens

Gallery Borzo, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Gallery Borzo design by Wiel Arets Architecture
picture : Jan Bitter
Gallery Borzo Amsterdam

The Hedge House, Wijlre, The Netherlands
1998 – 2001
The Hedge House
picture : Jan Bitter
The Hedge House

IJhal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
IJhal Amsterdam
picture from architect studio
IJhal Amsterdam

Kloostertuin Housing, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Kloostertuin Housing Apeldoorn
picture : Jan Bitter
Kloostertuin Housing

Media House Schwäbischer Publishers, Ravensburg, Germany
2008- (Under Construction)
Media House Schwäbischer Publishers
image : WAA
Media House Schwäbischer Publishers

Sport Campus Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Sport Campus Leidsche Rijn Building
picture : Jan Bitter
Sport Campus Leidsche Rijn

Stadium Euroborg, Groningen, The Netherlands
Stadium Euroborg Groningen
picture : Jan Bitter
Stadium Euroborg

Style Suite Shop, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Style Suite Shop
picture : Jan Bitter
Style Suite Shop

Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands
University Library Utrecht
picture : Jan Bitter
Utrecht University Library

More architecture projects by Wiel Arets online soon

Location: Amsterdam, Holland, The Netherlands

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