Interview with Kamiel Klaasse / NL Architects

Fantastic meeting with Kamiel Klaasse at NLA’s office in Amsterdam discussing a new book I’m curating for 22publishing. I had the chance to see the latest projects and to talk about their current activities. Following this link you can reach the Photogallery documenting the visit; continuing reading you can watch the video interview

We’ve talked about the condition of crisis of architecture in the Netherlands nowadays. Essentially the truth is after 9/11 the Netherlands suffered the worldwide shock but today there is a relative prosperity.

Some very experimental NL’s projects were cancelled because of lack of trust by contractors

NLA’s architecture comes out by revealing the hidden potentialities of what is banal and often neglected but mostly by referring to the discipline e.g. pragmatically challenging exhisting typology.

NLA are growing up: if you manage to survive the first 10 years then you start flourishing! It means you can be more specific and deeper in investigating projects.

NLA started they activity being four partners and now they are three. What did it happen to Mark? You must distribute ambition over different projects and be able to deal with frustration..

Mark is now Projects Developer for a large company.

How confident NLA are with italian young genration? Where we talk about Holland-Italy, Beniamino Servino and IAN+

Title: Interview with Kamiel Klaasse
Duration: 00:26:17.53
Size: 42.24 Mb
Interviewer: Daniele Mancini
Location: Amstedam, NLA Office
Date: November 23rd 2007

On Arch’It

NL A Interview. First Part (2004) / in italian
NL A Interview. Second Part (2004) / in italian


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UNPACKED Studio is a professional practice based in Rome (Italy) operating within the traditional fields of architecture and urban planning but also interested in exploring the contemporary through other creative approaches.

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UNPACKED Studio is a common ground for speculations over cross-fertilizing projects involving several professionals from diverse disciplines. We like experimenting cutting-edge approaches between digital and analog.

// Who we are

UNPACKED Studio has been founded by Daniele Mancini and Irene Rinaldi, both architects and educators.

Daniele Mancini is Ph.D. in Theory of Architecture. He worked in France at Jakob+ MacFarlane Architects and in The Netherlands at Wiel Arets Architects. He is currently involved in teaching activities at IED Istituto Europeo di Design di Roma.

Irene Rinaldi worked in Spain at De La Puerta Architects and in Italy at Schiattarella Associati where participated to the design of Italian Pavillon for the Japan Expo 2005 in Aichi (Nagoya)

UNPACKED Studio started in January 2005 thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs European funds “Sviluppo Italia”.