12.12 Studio Sport @ NOC*NSF masterclass

Shift lectures at the masterclass of NOC*NSF in the NAi about their research Studio Sport. Together with representatives of the main Dutch sport federations Shift discusses about the sport accommodation of the future.

12.12 Faculty Club nominated for the AM NAi prize

The Faculty Club has been nominated for the AM NAi prize 2012. The AM NAi prize is awarded every two years to the best building, constructed in the two years prior to the award date, designed by an architect under forty years of age. With the prize the NAI and real estate developer AM want to encourage young architects and convince clients of the strength of emerging talent. The other nominees are: ZUS, bureau SLA en Overtreders W and Zecc Architecten

11.12 Sport website

Shift develops a web platform which showcases best practices of sports facilities worldwide linked to corresponding design tools and spatial strategies. The platform aims to bridge the world of spatial planning and that of sports, inspiring municipalities, designers, sport clubs, sport unions and investors.

The website is being developed in collaboration with NOC*NSF and with the support of the Dutch Creative Industries Fund and is planned to launch end of 2013.

08.12 Designing Olympics

Shift contributes to ‘Designing Olympics’ with their ongoing research Studio Sport. ‘Designing Olympics’ is the first extra edition of the Design and Politics series, initiated by the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. This issue discusses the possibilities and challenges of the Dutch Olympic ambition. By means of two case studies in Rotterdam, Shift’s contribution stresses the value of sport as a spur to urban quality.

06.12 Expertmeeting Studio Sport

Shift invites several experts in the field of sport and spatial planning in the Olympic Stadium of Amsterdam to discuss the research ‘Studio Sport’. Amongst the participants are Esther Reith and Kirstin van Velzen (DRO Amsterdam), Rosemarie Maas (S+R Rotterdam), Hugo van der Poel (the Mulier Institute), Roland Draaijer (NOC*NSF), Ivo Smit (the Cruyff foundation), Elger Blitz (design office Carve), Maarten Tas (Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur), Vincent Kompier and Marco Jongeneel.

05.12 The sustainable city region

Shift presents and discusses their competition entry for Landgoed the Groene Kamer during a public event about the sustainable cityregion, organized by the Tilburg Architecture institute, CAST. Moderated by Tracy Metz, the discussion revolves around several urban initiatives that connect the city of Tilburg with the surrounding region.

05.12 Shift wins Charlotte Köhler Prize 2012

Quote from the press release:

“Shift designs for different scale levels. Besides outspoken, expressive and formally strong buildings, they design engaged urban projects. The designs […] look fresh, uncomplicated and positive. The strong architectural shapes are recurrent in their urban ensembles, where they are successfully embedded in the instable urban surrounding. The role of architecture within the urban context is that of a constant value or even of a value creator, capable of activating the city. The office seeks collaborations with different parties in the development of their projects. The project Sportplein Binnenrotte in Rotterdam is a strong example of this working method.”

The Charlotte Kohler Price is an incentive prize for Dutch artists, architects and theater designers under the age of 35. The prize of €20.000 is given to young talent of whom, based on realized works, much is to be expected in the future.


04.12 Van der Leeuw academy nr. 2

Harm Timmermans participates in an expert meeting, organized by AIR, concerned with the The Erasmus University College in the center of Rotterdam. In a series of workshops, the potential impact of a new urban campus in the Laurenskwartier is discussed with members of the Van der Leeuwkring.


04.12 Friends of NAi @ Faculty Club

Harm Timmermans guides the friends of the Dutch Architecture Institute around the campus of Tilburg University. Special attention is given to the Faculty Club and the urban framework that Shift has designed for future developments on the campus.

04.12 Shift wins Red Dot 2012 with Faculty Club

The Faculty Club wins prestigious red dot 2012 in the category architecture and urban design. The project was selected from 4.515 entries and was judged by an international jury of thirty design experts, including Ben van Berkel. The jury praises the Faculty Club as a building that combines past and present, and fuses opposites: glass and stone, transparency and solidity.

On July 2nd, 2012, the presentation of the internationally renowned quality seal will take place in the course of the red dot gala. More than 1,000 international guests from the design world, industry, society and the media will gather that evening in the Aalto-Theater, the opera house in Essen, in order to celebrate the highlight of this year’s competition. Afterwards, Faculty Club will be on display at a four-week special exhibition in the red dot design museum.

The red dot design award, whose origins reach back to the 1950s, is carried out in three disciplines: the “red dot award: product design”, the “red dot award: communication design” and the “red dot award: design concept”. The award – the red dot – has established itself internationally as one of the most appreciated quality seals for outstanding designs.


03.12 ‘Het bureau’ in de Architect

Dutch architecture magazine de Architect interviews Shift about the office and its working methods for their monthly feature ‘Het bureau’.

03.12 Shift twice on new website AIR

Two of Shift’s projects are selected for on a new website that gathers unsolicited urban proposals and visions for Rotterdam. Both Urban Sportpark Binnenrotte and Superhub Waalhaven are on display.

The new website is an initiative of AIR, the architecture foundation Rotterdam, and the urban planning department of Rotterdam municipality. The editorial is done by archined.


02.12 Lecture Stad-forum

Oana Radeş and Thijs van Bijsterveldt lecture and participate at the expert meeting of the Stad-Forum, regarding the added value of the Olympic Games of 2028 for the citizens of Amsterdam.


01.12 Presentation of Studio for Unsolicited Architecture @ NAi

Oana Radeş presents Shift’s proposal for an urban sport park on the Binnenrotte, downtown Rotterdam, at the presentation evening of the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture at the Dutch Architecture Institute. During the evening several involved organizations, such as the NOC*NSF, the Richard Krajicek foundation and PRO groen (organized group of inhabitants) express their support for the plan. The bidbook of the proposal is handed over to Alderwoman Alexandra van Huffelen (sustainability, city centre and public areas) and Alderwoman Korrie Louwes (innovation and participation).