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Sander Janssen Example Projects

Contactgegevens Phone: +31 (0)6 1246 1646 Address: Marga KlompĂŠhof 34 1314 WN Almere The Netherlands IM: skype.sanderjanssen (skype)

About me Graduated in 2010 at the Faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft, I am a young and ambitious architect that is always eager to dive into new challenges. During my studies and practical occupations, I have maintained an openminded approach that brought me into contact with many different f ields of interest, both in and outside architectural design. I strive to maintain an intense focus on research through all stages of the design process, whether the goal is to design an interactive pavilion or a public space, write a historical report or develop visionary concepts for future cities.


As for my practical experience: I have worked in several off ices, where I was involved with design projects varying from small scale interior design to competition designs for buildings abroad. Past employers have acknowledged me as a dedicated and hard working architect with a high level of integrity. During my last year of studying at the TU Delft, I was confronted with a way in sustainable thinking that reinvigorated my lifelong interest in biology. The discovery of the principles of biomimicry made me wonder whether architecture could be approached in a more biological way, making the built environment an active contributor to surrounding ecosystems. Luckily, I have been given the opportunity to take this fascination a step further in a research project at the TU Delft. This project has strengthened my opinion about combining architecture and biology. I see a huge potential in this for developing a more sustainable society, a process in which architects can and should play an exemplary role. I hope you enjoy reading this portfolio. Sander Janssen

Curriculum vitae

Work experience

Sander Janssen

Personal information Place of birth: Hilversum, the Netherlands Nationality: Dutch

Education Sept. 2007 - June 2010:

Design for Europan 11 competition

Feb. - Mar. 2011:

Competition design for Hotel Centro Guadalajara, in collaboration with 8A Architecten, StudioREDD and Studio EI

Nov.‘10 - Jan.‘11:

Voluntary teaching assistant for project ’BiodiverCity’ at T?F (The Why Factory), TU Delft

Sept. - Nov.2010:

Löhmann’s Architecture, Amsterdam Design, realisation and management of the exposition Noord Publiek in Amsterdam (

Oct 2008 - ... :

Freelance designer 8A Architecten, Studio EI, various private assignments Designing and visualising buildings and interiors

Masters Degree Architecture, TU Delft

Graduation project: Studio Public Realm Transvaal: personal design of the Music Cluster Transvaal, a music building integrated into a public landscape in the neighbourhood of Transvaal in The Hague. History thesis: History of the Great Metropolises: historical research and excursion into the city of Buenos Aires, resulting in the thesis The Evolution of Buenos Aires - a chronological explanation of the events that shaped the city into the Buenos Aires of today. Sept. 2004 - June 2007: Sept. 1998 - May 2004:

Apr. - June 2011:

Bachelors Degree Architecture, TU Delft Achieved ‘Gymnasium‘ level in subject cluster ‘Nature and Health‘ Gemeentelijk Gymnasium Hilversum

Other activities Participation in the workshop ’Biomimicry: innovative solutions inspired by nature’ - the f irst off icial Biomimicry workshop in Europe, organised by the Biomimicry Guild (certificate of participation acquired)

Mar. - Sept. 2008:

Architectural assistant Denc Netherlands B.V. (Design Engineering & Contracting), The Hague Design and visualisation of architectural and urban projects; layout activities for project portfolio and flyers; furniture design for the Hague office

Skills Languages Dutch (native language) English (fluent, conversation and reading) German (good, conversation and reading) Computer Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Autocad, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Google SketchUp, Vray for SketchUp (rendering software), Rhinoceros Modelling Architecture and interior modelling, 3d-printing and laser cutting (CAD-CAM)


Noord Publiek Design and realisation of the exposition ‘Noord Publiek: Proposals for an Undivided City’ in Amsterdam Löhmann’s Architecture 2010

The Noord Publiek exposition in the Storkhal featured graduation projects of 30 architecture students of the TU Delft

Hotel Centro, Guadalajara Competition design with 8A Architecten

Section showing the green patio

Ground f loor - lobby, bar, restaurant

Lobby - bar and restaurant in background

3rd/4th f loor - 20 single rooms, 2 patio rooms

View inside hotel rooms

BiodiverCity MSc Studio (involved as assisting teacher) The Why Factory, TU Delft 2010-2011 The Why Factory (T?F) at the TU Delft is a department that investigates visionary models for future cities. BiodiverCity was one of the studios at T?F and it explored the possibilities of providing the existing city of Amsterdam with a much higher degree of biomass production, leading to a great increase in biodiversity. The studio consisted of two parts: a research part in which the students investigated the current biomass production of Amsterdam, together with dietary and spacial needs of different kinds of animals. In the second part, students were asked to design strategies and products for increasing biomass production and accomodating the new residents of Amsterdam that would be attracted to this environment.

Aleksandra Vlasova - Silent block

Bijlmermarsh - conceived by Bo Hogenberk and Fabian van Aerschot

Anthony Sharples - Reclaim

Louisa Au - Urban jungle

Anders Sletbak - Canal XL

Music Cluster Transvaal Graduation studio Public Realm Transvaal TU Delft 2009-2010 The Music Cluster Transvaal is my outcome of the graduation studio ‘Public Realm’ at the TU Delft. The design was made for an area in The Hague which features a high cultural diversity, but is also known as an area of social problems - ’Krachtwijk’ - in the Netherlands. The f inal design aims at creating a program which is attractive to all the different groups represented in Transvaal, and bringing these groups together in a surprising and exciting public space.

The input leading to the urban plan for the northern area of Transvaal and the architectural design of the Music Cluster consisted of three main ingredients: thematical analysis on 'fear in public space'; formulation of various possible 'urban scenarios' to make public life more appealing and individual fascinations outlined in an essay. In this case, the notion of Liberty - as seen by philosopher Isaiah Berlin - and Play - as explained by Quentin Stevens, would be the main elements serving as theoretical backing for the project.

Now: cramped, isolated from the city by busy roads and industry

Ambition: openness; more public spaces and functions, more compact industry

Result: car traff ic is less dominant; appealing public life The current urban situation of the northern area of Transvaal comes with several issues that make its public life unappealing. First of all it is bordered on all sides by busy roads. Secondly, there is an introvert industrial area on the eastern side that is hidden from view by a long strip of dwellings specif ically built for that purpose. Also, a well-known strip of exotic shops runs right through the area, attracting even more car traffic. The points of departure for restructuring the site come down to providing much more space for public life to be possible. Therefore, the industrial site and some building blocks are compacted; car traff ic is diverted from the shopping street and the small amount of public space available is drastically expanded.

The aim of the public landscape is to provide freedom through regulation - a concept which is outlined in my essay 'Control, liberty in physical and virtual space' which was written as a basis for this design. To do so, a set of f ixed operators is used as a design tool, generating series of sections to compose the building and its public landscape.

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MÊdiathèque Casablanca Public Realm design studio, TU Delft 2008

MeCa as seen when approaching from the front: public space flows under the road into the heart of the building

south elevation

Bar looking out over the medina

east elevation

north elevation

Central core running through the building

west elevation

Low exhibition hall

F(r)eed Frame Competition entry 2011 (results pending)

MuscleSpace Interactive pavillion for the Hyperbody Research Group TU Delft 2007

MuscleSpace reacts to sensors to change its form according to the movements of people inside

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Collage of projects done in studies and practise