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Meet The 2016 Winners: i29 interior architects

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Ella Pilkington

In this issue of ‘Meet The 2016 Winners’, we speak exclusively with Amsterdam-based studio, i29 interior architects, founded by partners Jaspar Jansen and Jeroen Dellensen, joint winner of the WIN AWARDS 2016 Interior Practice of the Year category (enter IPOTY 2017 category here).

Here we speak with the dynamic duo to find out a little more about the firm, their design influences and up-and-coming projects…

i29 interior architects – Jaspar Jansen and Jeroen Dellensen with Piers Taylor – 2016 WIN Awards Ceremony. Image by Matt Chung / MattChungPhoto.Com

What is the ethos behind i29 interior architects?

i29 stands for a radical design attitude that leads to award winning design solutions, dependent neither on expensive materials nor on technical show. We aim to discover unexpected concepts, bold contradictions and clear answers to any design question. Always made to measure for each client, we look for choices that answer to multiple questions at the same time. They should tell a conceptual story about the company, the space and it’s users.

DeBijenkorf ©Ewout Huibers – Longlisted – 2017 WIN Awards Restaurant category

What projects are you currently working on? Do you have any additional award winning projects up your sleeve?

We have many exciting projects running, but if they are award winning or not, that’s not for us to judge. Currently, we are working on a showroom for a large fashion brand. A cultural centre hosting events, a restaurant, and a concert hall. A large retail project for a premium store in Amsterdam. An office building in Oman. A cinema, and some private homes including a newly built holiday home…

Room On The Roof ©Ewout Huibers – Winner – 2015 WIN Awards Museum or Exhibition Spaces category

Would you say that working in Amsterdam inspires and influences your design?

Amsterdam is a city of free minds and this definitely influences our way of thinking. For us it is most important that we keep looking for the unexpected. We try to get the most out of every project, and that takes sometimes more time, money and effort then everybody is suspecting. We want to keep a fresh, creative and open minded view to our work.

Frame Store ©Ewout Huibers – Shortlisted – 2015 WIN Awards Retail category

i29 work on a variety of projects, is there a particular sector that you haven’t yet worked on but would like to? If so, why?

We would really like to work on a hotel and spa project. In the past, we worked on many small projects and houses. We would love to take that experience to a next level, and show how you can achieve a lot of spatial experience in a very small room.

BKR ©Ewout Huibers – Shortlisted – 2017 WIN Awards Public Sector category

How has your work evolved over the years and what direction do you see yourself heading in future years to come?

We are looking for simplicity and surprise in one hand. Spatial experiences which should be discovered step by step. Lately, we are also more aware of the fact that we really help companies building their brands by making iconic designs. This obviously helps us to be even more convinced that we are on the right path.

FLINCKSTRAAT ©Ewout Huibers

You have been a success within our awards. What impact does winning this type of award do for the project team and the company as a whole and what would you say to anyone considering entering the WIN Awards?

Luckily, we are successful in all kind of awards! Well, it’s just a very nice way to celebrate our work, and to show a larger audience of what we have achieved each year.

Furthermore, it’s a nice way to combine business with pleasure, and in the meantime meeting lots of interesting new people during the award show.

Meet The 2016 Winners: Nicemakers

Posted on June 9, 2017 by Annalisa

Amsterdam-based studio, Nicemakers, founded by partners Joyce Urbanus and Dax Roll, was joint winner of the WIN AWARDS 2017 Hotels category with their stunning project: The Hoxton, Amsterdam.

Made up of five 17th century canal houses, the building was once home to the Mayor. It is now a stunning hotel with 111 rooms across five floors.

Described by the jury as having a ‘measurable sense of space, of place and flair’, The Hoxton is just one of many projects undertaken by this dynamic duo to win international acclaim.

We interrupt Joyce’s travels to discover what Nicemakers is up to now…

Joyce Urbanus & Dax Roll

What projects are you currently working on?

A great hotel project in the centre of Paris. It is privately owned and will have around 80 rooms with a lovely inner garden which all the rooms are facing. The design is ready; we are currently building the Mock-up Room.

We are also working on a jewellery store in New York, a new-to-build hotel in Amsterdam, and a couple of great residential projects; from an 1800 Century farmhouse in the East of Holland to a Brutalist – style penthouse of 550m2 in Maastricht.

The Hoxton – Joint Winner – 2016 Hotels category. Image Credit: Alan Jenssen

Nicemakers works on a wide range of projects across all sectors, is there any sector that you haven’t tackled yet that you would like to?

Dax is still waiting for a boudoir to do the design for!

Will you be looking at product design in the future?

Yeah, that is definitely on our agenda. For almost every project we do we design a lot of custom -made items, so it is definitely not something new for us.

The Hoxton – Joint Winner – 2016 Hotels category. Image Credit: Alan Jenssen

What advice would you give to young architects and designers thinking of starting their own practice?

Make sure that besides design, you also develop your skills in listening and understanding your client and their brief. Go and visit buildings, try to understand the energy of a space and make sure whatever you design is aligned and well thought of.

Research! Know about the history, or the future, or just the area. There are great products, suppliers and developers in every country that you work.

And…be ready to give everything you have; it will take a great amount of energy, it’s 24/7 full-on. But always feel the confidence that you’ve ‘got it’…. it will go with a lot of up’s and downs.

Amsterdam City Apartment. Photo Credit: Alan Jenssen

What does a typical day look like?

There is no typical day, one is always different from another.

What’s next for Nicemakers?

Being consistent in keeping up the quality of work, with the love that we feel for our projects and clients, as we do now.

Amsterdam City Apartment. Photo Credit: Alan Jenssen

Would you say that working in Amsterdam inspires you?

Yes, it’s a dream city. Cosy and international. Our HQ is on one of the Canals, we have an amazing big garden in the back, what else could you wish for?

Can you name a few of your favourite places in Amsterdam?

Toscanini and Café de Klepel are our all-time favourites. That’s where we celebrate the good things in life with the best service and amazing food and vino.

Restaurant Jacobz

I’ve read that you love to travel. What places would you love to visit that you haven’t already?

We’ve seen quite a lot that we wanted to. There are quite a few places that will take a longer trip than just one week, like Peru, Argentina, and all the rest of Brazil we haven’t seen yet. But for now we also would love to discover more of Europe. It’s all next door…

Where are you happiest?

Every few weeks we try to go to a little house we always rent on Ibiza.  It’s a place just surrounded by nature and where the sun goes down every evening right in front of you. We cook meals, we read, we go for long walks, just be together and sometimes speak about new ideas. But most of the time we just empty our minds to maintain a strong focus and clear vision… and just feel really happy.

Thank you Joyce!