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Discover Benelux  |  Top Architects in the Netherlands  |  Designing the Future

‘Side by side with clients, every step of the way’ TEXT: MICHIEL STOL  |  PHOTOS: EXS ARCHITECTS

More and more people in the Netherlands want to design their own homes. With ExS Architects, they have a partner that not only looks at the wishes of today, but also the needs of tomorrow. “A sustainable house has the capacity to adapt to the everchanging needs of its inhabitants, and can endure in times of rapid change,” explains founder Elina Karanastasi.  ExS Architects is a team of architects and passionate technicians that have designed and created numerous villas and townhouses in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Nijmegen. “We create unique homes inspired by the individual needs of the people that are going to inhabit them, while creating sustainable solutions in the wider sense of the word, approached with creativity and unique design solutions,” elaborates the architect.  The two villas ExS Architects conceived at the Leonidas location in Rotterdam, are a fine example of this. “We design unique architecture

initialised by each location and its future users. The differences between the two villas, which are 50 metres apart, demonstrate how much we incorporate the initial needs and character of each client, as well as the surroundings.” To ensure their clients follow each step of the journey with confidence, ExS Architects puts effort and attention into not only creating a great design, but also with their original sixstep system to monitor the whole process. “We provide a total service, from technical drawings to budget monitoring. We keep providing that service, even after the completion of the project,” concludes Karanastasi. 

Web: www.exsarchitects.com

Creativity, intuition and expertise TEXT: KARIN VENEMA  |  PHOTO: MICHAEL CERRONE FOTOGRAFIE

Studio RAAM is a young architecture firm from Rotterdam with an emphasis on sustainability in their architectural work. Their designs vary from rooftop extensions and interior renovations, to business parks and hospitality establishments. RAAM’s spatial, no-frills designs are elegantly characterised by a certain rawness. RAAM was founded in 2017 by William de Ronde and Koen Klok, who met during their architecture studies. The designers explore form, function and material, using their creativity, intuition and expertise as a guide. “We always consider the environment of the building, as well as the client’s wishes in addition to our own ideas,” explains Klok. De Ronde adds: “We use our expert eye to see the possibilities of the space, and utilise it optimally. For instance, when a client asked to 36  |  Issue 68  |  August 2019

make his roof more accessible, we designed an abstract volume with several functions. It’s not only the entrance, but also serves as an outside kitchen and storage. We designed a simple black shape with a functional bite taken out; and the extension became a feature rather than a necessary addition.” RAAM also designed a modular beach pavilion that merges with the surrounding dune landscape. This contemporary solution is self-sufficient and easily expandable or diminishable, size-wise. When demands of time require changes, the compartments can be removed and reused elsewhere. The architects integrate sustainability in every design through the use of durable materials, greening and power generation. “We visualise our ideas in a 3D drawing, so the client can get a good grasp of the design at an early stage. We then work together

with the builders to ensure that the execution lives up to the design. Ultimately, it’s also important to us that the end result looks good,” smiles Klok.

Web: www.studioraam.nl

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