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Center for contemporary art The Genieloods dates from 1896 and was originally built as a military barrack belonging to the Fort bij Vijfhuizen. Both fort and barrack are part of the original defence...
Office Jarrik Ouburg was established in 2008 and is an internationally oriented practice working on all scales of the contemporary urban landscape.
Trained as an architect at renowned offices in Switzerland, Japan, Belgium and The Netherlands, Jarrik Ouburg gained a broad international experience in all levels of the building process. Having worked in different countries, each with their own specific architectural culture, the office learned that there is not a one way to approach an assignment or a fixed set of criteria to judge a project on. The qualities of a project lie within the merits of the assignment itself.
Every project is seen a multidisciplinary process whereby the ongoing relationship between program and context is being discussed, tested and researched. Through intensive collaboration with clients, users, advisors and others a project is conceived as a multiple authorship, resulting in a design that is an intelligent construction of choices and ideas.
Especially in the contemporary European condition where, both in architecture and urban planning, a shift is made from a focus on the ‘new’ to the transformation of the ‘present’, the office claims a modern, innovative and critical position. The office takes a stand that is both sensitive in relation to the past and daring towards the future.
The office is currently involved in a wide range of projects varying from exclusive interiors, a museum for contemporary art, a study on the ‘grachtengordel’ of Amsterdam, to the urban redevelopment of a large industrial area in Zaandam.