One’s body of architecture work is small but distinct. One’s approach to architecture is akin to its urbanism: simple and open-ended designs provide a framework for incidents of true originality. One’s way of doing architecture has proven to be very effective in complex environments, such as areas of high density and historical significance, because of its conceptual flexibility and adaptability.
In urbanism, One has learned how design can help simplify and smoothen complex puzzles, and, through that, to create space for others to engage in the city. One has extensive experience in designing the interrelationship between the city and its infrastructure, as well as the interrelationship between organizations, finances and territory. The latter expertise has proven very useful post-bubble, where One has unraveled and re-thought a number of area developments. One is at the forefront of sustainable urbanism.
Over the past decade, One Architecture has worked prominently on the Netherlands’ spatial planning. Initially for private clients, One helped develop the project for Schiphol at Sea and, in a series of studies for the Consortium Transrapid, ‘Randstad Round’. In the past years, One has worked on the majority of the national government’s most important planning projects.
One is interested in going beyond the boundaries of our profession. A number of projects, often self-initiated, use tools of art and activism. One has a longstanding collaboration with the artist Berend Strik. Joint projects have been exhibited widely, and can be found in such collections as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Boymans van Beuningen Rotterdam.