MVRDV - Book Launch: Double Dutch

Book Launch: Double Dutch


Time: 20:30, Wednesday, November 6th


Location: NRC Cafe, Rokin 95, Amsterdam, NL


On November 6, Bernard Hulsman will present his book Double Dutch. In addition, he will look back on the period when Dutch architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Winy Maas conquered the world, but also when the much-maligned Black Madonna building was demolished. Then he will hand over the first copies of his book to Winy Maas of MVRDV architects and architects Sjoerd Soeters of Soeters Van Eldonk Architects. Winy Maas of MVRDV will look back over his career and give his personal vision of the future, and architect Sjoerd Soeters will, discuss the role and significance of the Dutch architecture within the global scene..


Admission is free, but reservation is required as places are limited. The presentation will be in Dutch. Register by emailing


About 'Double Dutch':
'Double Dutch:Dutch architecture after 1985' is the first critical overview of the Dutch architecture scene of the past few decades. Bernard Hulsman, permanent architecture critic of the NRC, describes how the spectacle of the 'Super Dutch' architects arose from the hollowness of the 80s, how the quiet rise of neo-traditional architecture was ignored by the architectural elite, and how the current wave sustainability focussed design emerged. Double Dutch offers a fascinating and critical analysis of a turbulent quarter century of Dutch architecture. From the Villa VPRO to the Erasmus Bridge, the Black Madonna to Haverlij, the book presents the first comprehensive overview of the golden years of Dutch architecture .
The book is richly illustrated and easy to read, with substantive essays and demonstrates and discusses more than 100 buildings, accompanied by photos of Luuk Kramer.

About Bernard Hulsman :
Bernard Hulsman (1958) studied political science and has been editor of national newspaper NRC Handelsblad since 1990. He writes mainly about architecture and urbanism. His other publications include 'Free Netherlands', 'The Green Amsterdam', 'Archis', 'Items' and 'Die Welt'.