Arc-architecten, a Dutch office, was founded in 1986 by Nahied Koolen, architecte d.p.l.g. after her studies architecture in Paris. For each project there is a need for the combination of architecture, research and consult. The approach to design is interactive and so the project is developing like a living thing. Often the style is inspired by the architecture of important architects like Wright, Corbusier and Berlage. Sometimes are the traditions important, for instance in the case of the house in Arnhem with a “salon-hal”, a house with a big central room in the center of the house, the architecture was developed by the the special desires of the future South-European inhabitants. ARC-architecten finds it important that the future inhabitants will live in a healthy building and envirement, a happy space for children. Research of the wishes of the future inhabitants (bewonersatelier) is always an important part of the job. The last years ARC-architecten is specialising in the possibilities of cradle-to-cradle (C2C) and applying sun-energy in the architecture. Innovation for sustainability is needed, because of the high prices of energy of the central heating system. An ecological approach to design, passive houses with active energy supply (p.v.’s) helps creating a more healthy building and environment. By using ‘natural’ and sustainable materials we achieve architecture with low ecological impact and healthy internal environments.
Nahied Koolen of ARC-architecten studies the possibilities
of building an energy museum as part of the existing Pier of Scheveningen.
The energy museum will be a knowledge center and
show all forms of used energy, especially the
advantages of sustainable energy. The museum itself
should be at least energy neutral through sun, wind or
One of the alternatives is an extension of the current
Pier by constructing a new floating island. In addition to
sun and wind energy, also the possibilities of wave an
tidal energy will be studied. The museum will have a
semi transparent glass façade with photovoltaic panels.
Though the island is floating, the position will be fixed at
the end of the Pier in open sea.