06.19 Oude Dijk fase 1 completed!

Phase 1 of the Oude Dijk apartment complex has been delivered. The new addition to the historical monastery complex in the centre of Tilburg comprises 40 care apartments for the Sisters of Charity. Looking back to a great collaboration with developer Van der Weegen and contractor Van Gisbergen and forward to working out the second phase, consisting of two buildings that add another 60 apartments to the ensemble.

05.19 Jury Architect of the Year

Oana Rades is invited as a jury member for the Architect of the Year 2019 Award, a yearly prize organized by the online architecture platform Architectenweb. The title is given to the architect/collective of architects with the most significant contribution in the field that year. The jury’s task is to establish a shortlist of five finalists, from which the entire architecture community can vote to select the winner.


04.19 Building permit documents for XS Deluxe Houthaven

We handed in the documents for the building permit of XS Deluxe Houthaven in Amsterdam. The complex consists of a family of nine buildings with 235 micro-apartments grouped around a green courtyard with collective amenities. Currently working on the apartment interiors, which feature an XL cabinet containing all utilities, including bed alcove.


03.19 1 ¾ floors house make-over Rotterdam

A new interior make-over in Oud West, Rotterdam, for a young designers couple continues our series of conversions of early XXth century Dutch urban houses. Looking forward to collaborating with the clients on this unique project!

02.19 Batavialand

Our recent design for the open air museum Batavialand has been published by the museum. We hope to continue soon on this interesting new assignment.

01.19 Studio Visit

On Friday February the 15th we participate in The New Institute’s Studio Visits. We will reflect on our last eight years of practice: from the freedom – or rather the lack of obligation – to carry out self-initiated design research in the crisis period to the quest for architectural freedom within today’s ‘hermetic’ commercial building commissions, and everything in between.

Studio Visits is a series of evenings dedicated to contemporary architectural practice, its challenges and its possibilities. The series invites professionals, students and the broader public to cross the threshold and take a peek into the architect’s workplace.



12.18 Shift selected for Non Super Dutch issue of WA

The Faculty Club was selected for the special issue called ‘Non-Super Dutch’ of Chinese World Architecture magazine curated by Kees Kaan. According to Kirsten Hannema, we are part of the “super normal” generation, that succeeds Super Dutch, focusing on spatial experiences, local context and the craft, and we like that!

10.18 Nomination Abe Bonnemaprize for young architects

We are delighted to announce that Thijs van Bijsterveldt has been nominated for the Abe Bonnema prize with the project Matryoshka House. The fellow nominees are Marieke Kums with Junya Ishigami, Jan Nauta, Bart van der Salm and Barcode Architects. The winner will be announced on November 17th in Leeuwaarden.

09.18 Office warming

We’ve moved into a brand new office at the Nieuwe Binnenweg in the centre of Rotterdam and celebrated with our closest friends and colleagues.

09.18 Lecture AvB Amsterdam

On September 12th, Shift is invited to lecture at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. The lecture is part of a series initiated by curator Chris Luth where the process of design and design thinking is central in the discourse.


04.18 Matryoshka House nominated for the Herengracht Industrieprijs

Out of 239 entries, Matryoshka House is nominated for the Herengracht Industrieprijs 2018! The biannual prize is awarded to a sustainable, original and authentic interior design project. From the jury report: “A precise number of clever and radical architectural interventions transform this ordinary terraced house into two high spatial quality apartments”.
The other nominees are Aula begraafplaats Zoom- en Zegestede (pole-productions & Ontward), Blaak House (V8 Architects), Museum Voorlinden (Kraaijvanger Architects) and Ontvangstpaviljoen Steenfabriek Vogelensangh (Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten).
The winner will be announced on June 14th.



03.18 Construction update Oude Dijk apartments

The construction of the first phase of the Oude Dijk complex, containing 40 apartments, is progressing steadily. The 4-storey building’s primary structure is almost halfway. One can already see how the building secures the confined character of the unique monastery garden and will provide the Sisters with a privileged relation with their green oasis in the center of Tilburg.

02.18 Slender house make-over in Amsterdam

We started working on our fourth interior makeover: this time a 17th century monumental house in the center of Amsterdam with a slender profile and typical ornate gabled façade.

01.18 Shift writes letter to the mayor

Shift has been invited to write a letter to Ahmed Aboutaleb, the mayor of Rotterdam, as part of the manifestation “Letters to the Mayor”. The letter should articulate pressing questions and desires important in the making of the city of Rotterdam. The manifestation began in 2014 as an initiative by Storefront for Art and Architecture in new York City, and has since been presented in over 15 cities. “Letters to the Mayor: Rotterdam” will be launched on January 12th and will be on show until February 11th 2018.


12.17 Jury Prix de Rome 2018

Oana Rades is honored to be invited as a jury member for The Prix de Rome 2018, the oldest and most generous prize for architects and artists. The competition is organized and financed by the Mondriaan Fonds once every four years for architects under 35 years old. The goal is to trace talented (landscape) architects and urban designers and to stimulate their development and contribution to the contemporary architecture in the Netherlands. The 2018 edition has a renewed selection procedure in the first round on basis of an open design competition (additional to the portfolio selection).


11.17 Matryoshka house nominated for the Rotterdam Architectuur prijs

Matryoshka House has been nominated for the Rotterdam Architectuurprijs!
If you like the project to win the public prize, please vote for us on the link below and click on the “ik stem op dit project” button!


10.17 Construction works on Oude Dijk monastery have commenced

Construction works of the first phase with 40 apartments for the congregation of the Zusters van Liefde have commenced. The groundwork of the building reveals the unique location, situated along the perimeter of the monastery garden, right in the center of Tilburg.

We are currently working on the preliminary design of the second phase of this project in which 60 additional apartments are projected around the monastery garden.

10.17 Shift, Posad and Lola win tender Beach City

Beach City in Scheveningen will be THE sports beach of Europe. The current sports and surfing beach of the northern harbor in Scheveningen will be further developed into a full-fledged sports beach of approximately 8 hectares. The tender assignment forms the continuation of the earlier research that Shift has done for the location, within the framework of Studio Sport. In close collaboration with Posad Spatial Strategies and LOLA Landscape Architects, and in dialogue with the different stakeholders, Shift will develop a preliminary design for the location in the coming months.


09.17 Jury ARC 17 Awards

Thijs van Bijsterveldt is invited as a jury member for ARC 17 Detail Awards, a yearly contest organized by de Architect to highlight the social importance of architecture and strengthen its role in public life. The Arc Detail awards in particular reward ambitious architectural projects with innovative details within a coherent total concept.


07.17 Shift wins second prize Kunstwerf Groningen

Shift has been awarded the second prize in the competition for the Kunstwerf in Groningen. In their report the jury praises the clear and practical approach of the design. For the full report and more information on the competition check the link below.


06.17 Masonry wall mock-up Oude Dijk

The first masonry wall mock-up has been erected in the gardens of the Oude Dijk monastery in Tilburg. The construction works will start later this month. Looking forward to the collaboration with an Gisbergen contractor and Van Engelen masons!

05.17 Shift selected for the second round of the Kunstwerf competition

Shift has been selected as one of the 5 offices to participate in the second round of the ‘Kunstwerf’ competition in Groningen. With 107 entries in the first round, the competition calls for a new cultural cluster in the Ebbingekwartier, the former gas factory area in Groningen.


04.17 Matryoshka House published in “Brut”

Matryoshka House has been covered with a rich selection of photographs in the Belgian interior design book Brut: ruwe interieurs en ruige makers. Edited by journalist Iris De Feijter and design blogger Irene Schampaert , the book features “solid houses with an unpolished look, but also with a generous dose of poetry and patina.”


03.17 XS Deluxe in the Houthavens, Amsterdam

We started working on the preliminary design for Cluster 2 in Houthavens Amsterdam, the first opportunity to test our XS Deluxe micro-apartments concept in an actual building. The complex will contain 235 apartments within six buildings grouped around a shared deck with communal facilities.

02.17 Building permission for Oude Dijk

We have received building permission for the first phase of the Oude Dijk monastery transformation. In this first phase, a building with 40 elderly apartments for the Sisters of Charity and a new entrance for the adjacently situated city park will be realized. Construction works are scheduled to begin this summer.

01.17 Matryoshka house ready!

Construction works at the Matryoshka house have been completed and the two apartments are waiting for their new inhabitants. For the photo shoot we collaborated with several designers and suppliers (Michael Schoner, Os Δ Oos, Truly TrulyDaphna Laurens, Intrigue Collection, FabriekNL and Palau). Their beautiful furniture and carpets show how the living spaces can be inhabited.

11.16 XS Deluxe @ Stadmakerscongres 2016

Shift is invited to present the XS Deluxe micro-apartments concept at the Stadmakerscongres 2016. The congress is a yearly one day event organized by AIR and brings together architects, urban planners, developers, corporations, real estate investors, etc The presentation will take place during a workshop on housing typologies with the theme “one size fits none”.


11.16 Jury Rotterdam Architecture Prize 2016

Oana Rades is invited as a jury member for the Rotterdam Architecture Prize 2016, a yearly prize organized by AIR for the best building of Rotterdam. The prize is an initiative of the municipality with the goal of promoting architecture that lends a strong identity to the city through cohesion to the existing tissue and promotion of urban liveliness.


09.16 Lecture Van Abbe Museum

On September 15th at 19.00 hours, Shift lectures at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven about sports in the city. The lecture is in the framework of the exhibition  ‘Van wie is de straat?’ (‘Who owns the street?’) that discusses different views on the public realm of the city.

Please enroll via this link: Van Abbe Museum Lectures


05.16 Lecture TU/e

On May 26th at 19.00 hours, Shift lectures at the Technical University in Eindhoven. The lecture is part of the series “Making” Architecture, which brings together two speakers to present their work and have a dialogue about their experience of making architecture. The other speaker of the evening will be Liesbeth van der Pol.


05.16 Steel portal frame has arrived!

The steel portal frame which supports the entire rear facade of the Matryoshka house has been placed. The rest of the construction works will follow rapidly. If everything goes as planned the first inhabitants will be welcomed at the end of this summer.


04.16 5 TRACKS wins competition Coulissen West Breda

5 TRACKS has been selected as the winner of the development of Coulissen West, a new urban district next to the Central Station of Breda (NL). Shift, in collaboration with Powerhouse Company and CULD, was part of the design team responsible for the urban design, consisting of 40.000m2 of offices, retail and housing. More info coming soon…


03.16 Construction on Matryoska house is progressing rapidly

With the removal of the floors the double high spaces in the apartments are finally visible! Next step will be the placement of the truss structure of the rear facade.

02.16 Lecture in de Singel, Antwerpen

On February 23rd at 20.00 hours, Shift lectures at the International Arts Campus de Singel in Antwerpen. The lecture is part of the series Poetic imagination: Architecture in a disenchanted world, organized by the Flemish Architecture Institute in collaboration with the University of Antwerp. To enroll, click here.


01.16 “Wall nest” for Case ciripite fund raising exhibition

Shift participates with “Wall nest” in the bird house exhibition organized by the De-a arhitectura association. The houses exposed at the Galateca gallery in Bucharest have been auctioned and the profits will be used for the implementation of architecture education in schools.


11.15 Construction on Matryoska house has started

Construction works on the early 20th century Matryoska house have started with the removal of the entire delapidated rear facade. Completion of the project is scheduled for spring 2016.

10.15 Museum Square Limburg officially open!

Museumplein Limburg has officially been opened! After a three day celebration for special guests, the museum has opened its doors to the general public on Sunday October the 25th, just one year and one month after the start of the construction.

10.15 Royal visit to Museum Square Limburg

In anticipation of the public opening, His Royal Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Royal Majesty Queen Máxima have officially inaugurated our project Museum square Limburg!

09.15 Shift meets Tschumi

On September 26th, architect Bernard Tschumi visits the Tschumi pavilion in Groningen, 25 years after its completion. Following up on the recent intervention ‘CMYpavilion’, Thijs van Bijsterveldt is invited to discuss the future of the glass construction with its original architect.

08.15 Museum Square Limburg nearing completion!

With only 2 months to go, everything is put into work to finish the construction of the Museum Square in time for the opening in October!

06.15 Opening CMY pavilion

The Tschumi pavilion in Groningen has its 25 years anniversary this year. The celebration events start June 15th with the opening of our CMY intervention. The glass pavilion was part of the 1990 architecture festival ‘What a wonderful world!’, where Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelblau, Peter Eisenman and Bernard Tschumi have designed pavilions for the display of music videos in public space. Today, the Tschumi pavilion is still in use as an art gallery, hosting site specific installations done by artists. With the CMY intervention, Shift is the first architecture office to be invited to make an installation. The CMY pavilion is on display until September 2015. More info coming soon…


06.15 Jury Archiprix NL 2015

Oana Rades is invited to be a member of the Archprix NL 2015 jury, together with Peter Defesche (architecture), Steven Delva (landscape design), Boris Hocks (urban design) and Michelle Provoost (theory). Archiprix NL is a yearly competition that awards the best graduation projects in architecture, urban planning and landscape design of all Dutch accredited Masters.


04.15 Highest point for Museum square Limburg

Two months after the lowest point, Museum square Limburg has already reached its highest point! The concrete structure of the cube is completely finished, and the steel structure of Columbus and Connector are taking shape. For recent updates check our facebook page or the construction site webcam.

03.15 XS Deluxe

Shift in collaboration with project developer Synchroon have launched the XS Deluxe micro-apartments concept. XS Deluxe advocates the emancipation of the micro-apartment towards an urban dwelling typology in its own right. By analyzing historical examples and the demands of the contemporary urbanite, several building typologies are proposed that combine compact urban living with generous collective facilities.


02.15 Lowest point for Museum square Limburg

After almost six months of preparation and digging works, the construction site of Museum square Limburg has reached its lowest point! This special event was celebrated together with culture deputy Ger Koopmans from the Province of Limburg and local youth.

Meanwhile, the contours of Cube and Columbus are becoming visible, and the first red concrete walls of the underground world are being poured as we speak.

01.15 Shift lecture @ Bureau Europa

Shift is invited to lecture about their design of C-City at Bureau Europa on the 21st of January. The event will address the role of tourism for the sustainable development of the Euregio, featuring two future developments: C-City in Kerkrade and the Open Air Museum in Bokrijk.

The lecture will start at 20.00, at Bureau Europa in Maastricht. Admission is free of charge.


12.14 Shift presents two temporary squares for Almere Buiten

Shift, in collaboration with Plan B, presents the results of their spatial and programmatic strategy to revitalize the centre of Almere Buiten, in the presence of the municipality, alderman Henk Mulder and representatives of Almere Buiten. The research within the framework of ‘Oog voor de buurt’, is commissioned by the Chief Government Architect and the specific assignments were formulated by the International New Town Institute.


11.14 Museum square Limburg published in national newspapers

We are proud to see our design for Museum square Limburg covered in the two leading Dutch newspapers NRC and the Volkskrant.

10.14 Museum square Limburg breaks ground

The construction work for Museum square Limburg has started! The first sheet pile walls are set in to place and the contours of the underground building volume start to emerge. For a real time update of the building site, please check the building site webcam via the following link.


06.14 Shift presents plans for Beach City for the Hague

Shift has presented their research for a beach city for the Hague city during a first meeting organized by the municipality. The city is looking for new ways to revitalize the beach along the harbor of the Hague, and has asked Shift to develop a design strategy that transforms the current sports beach into a ‘beach city’, a vibrant area with several accommodations that will activate the beach year round.

Shifts research seeks to inspire the existing and new stakeholders of the area and will function as one of the starting points for future plans of the area.

05.14 Shift contributes to the IABR 2014 ‘Urban by Nature’

With their research ‘High Tech Indoor Farming for the city’ Shift has made a contribution to the main exhibition of the 2014 International Biennale of Rotterdam. This year’s Biennale questions the relation between city and nature. Shift’s contribution investigates the potential of the new indoor farming technology developed by the Dutch indoor farming pioneers of Plantlab and proposes new architectural and urban typologies for indoor city farm typologies.


03.14 Shift contributes to vision document for Sport Axis Amsterdam

Shift has developed several design scenarios for the Atlas of the Sport Axis of Amsterdam. The Sport Axis is an initiative of the municipality of Amsterdam that transforms the area between the Amsterdam Forest and the Olympic Stadium into a conglomeration of high end sport facilities combined with sport themed public space for both visitors and inhabitants.

The Atlas has been well received by the aldermen of the city, guaranteeing the commitment of the municipality to this project for the coming years.


02.14 Province of Limburg gives green light for Museum square Limburg

The province of Limburg has approved the plans for Museum square Limburg and signed for a 14 million euro subsidy of the project.

The existing science museum Continium will be extended with two new visitor attractions: a Red Dot Design Lab and an Earth Lab. Museum square Limburg will bring together the worlds of technique, science, design and the world itself, into an interactive visitor experience for the Parkstad Limburg region and beyond.

During the festive event to celebrate the green light, a large scale model of Shift’s design for Museum square Limburg was revealed by the mayor of Kerkrade Jos Son, the director of the museum Hans Gubbels and the deputy of the province Noël Lebens.

The project is planned to break ground end of 2014. End of 2015 the new museum is envisioned to open its doors for the public.

01.14 Shift + Point Supreme selected for open call Flamish Government Architect

Shift, in collaboration with Point Supreme Architects, has been invited by the Flamish Government Architect to participate in the competition for the design of a Park & Ride facility for 550 cars for the city of Ghent, Belgium.

Apart from Shift-Point Supreme, 4 other teams have been selected out of 94 competitors to present their plans to the municipality of Ghent in June 2014.


10.13 Makeover of Amsterdam house is halfway

The construction for the makeover of a typical Amsterdam family house is starting to show the first glimpses of the end result. After Vertical Loft, this project is the second do-it-yourself dwelling in Shifts portfolio. It consists of a complete redesign of a early 1900’s house consisting of 3 floors.

09.13 Final presentation and exhibition Studio Sport at the New Institute

Shift presents the final results of their research ‘Studio Sport’ on the 23rd of September in the New Institute (former NAi). With the presentation and the accompanying exhibition Shift shows how, why and where sports should be mobilized to boost urban quality. The core of the research consists of six case studies that have been done in collaboration with the municipalities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague. The event is rounded off by a discussion with prominent representatives from the field of spatial planning and/or sport, the launch of the website www.sportspace.eu and the opening of the Studio Sport exhibition in the New Institute.

The research is made possible by the Dutch Stimulation Fund for Creative Industries, the Mondriaan Fund, the New Institute and NOC*NSF.

There is still a limited amount of seats available for the event. Please contact office@shifta.nl for reservations.


06.13 Mini symposium Sport in the City

Shift is invited to lecture and discuss their nearly finished research ‘Studio Sport’ at the mini symposium ‘Sport in the City’ on June 20, organized by the Dutch Creative Industries Fund.

During the mini symposium several researchers will talk about the role of sports in urban design. The objective is to inspire spatial planners, designers and policymakers of municipalities, provinces and the country to increase the sport participation with spatial interventions in the city.

Subscription for the symposium is possible via the website of the Creative Industries Fund. (unfortunately Dutch only)


06.13 Reactivate!

Shift participates with two built projects, Faculty Club and Vertical Loft, in the exhibition ‘Radicale lokaliteit; Actueel potentieel’ in the Timmerfabriek, Maastricht.

The show, organized by Bureau Europa, consists of three exhibitions that investigate the meaning of the ‘local’ and the role of architecture in our globalizing world. Shift is part of the exhibition ‘Reactivate!’, that manifests contemporary influences, tendencies and changes in architecture.


05.13 Indoor Farming

Shift, in collaboration with Plantlab / Plenty50, presents the results of the research on indoor farming for the government architect Frits van Dongen and his team. Apart from a thorough analysis of the current global food system and the emerging initiatives for local plant produce, the study has resulted in a variety of spatial strategies for the implementation of the indoor plant production technology in the urban environment.

Shift is currently part of an investigation with Plantlab and Atelier Rijsbouwmeester that researches the realization of a concrete pilot project on indoor farming in the Netherlands.

04.13 Shift narratives

Shift is invited to reflect on their practice at the Archilecture series organized by the Architecture Center Eindhoven together with Casa Vertigo of the TU/e. The lecture series, featuring Juliette Bekkering, Bettina Kraus and Oana Radeş, aims to portray how architectural agendas meet reality in three current practices.


02.13 1st phase Jozefzorg nearing completion

The first phase of Jozefzorg, a large scale redevelopment project of an outdated elderly care complex in Tilburg, is about to be delivered. In 2008, team DAT architecten and Shift won the invited competition with a bold scheme that reorganized the site by means of a meandering urban figure. We are happy to report that the strong urban form and its rigid architectural articulation has survived the process of optimization.

02.13 Jury Red Dot Award product design 2013

Oana Radeş is invited as jury member at the Red Dot Award: product design 2013. The product design competition exists since 1955. Its award, the ‘red dot’, is an internationally recognised quality seal.

The adjudication process follows a canon of strict criteria, which is constantly adapted to the latest findings in formal, technical, manufacturing, societal, industrial and ecological requirements.


01.13 Indoor Farming

Shift, in collaboration with Plantlab / Plenty50, researches the potential of indoor plant production technology for urban farming. High tech indoor farming potentially allows for a paradigm shift in the production and distribution of food towards a decentralized and local model. Commissioned by Atelier Rijksbouwmeester, Shift explores spatial scenarios of indoor farming in relation to the city and its hinterland.


01.13 Studio Sport @ master INSIDE

Thijs van Bijsterveldt and Oana Radeş round of ‘Studio Sport’ within the space program of the INSIDE master. The studio’s aim was to reasearch how sports can contribute to the reanimation of a large empty office building in the center of the Hague. Since September 2012, Shift is permanently involved with INSIDE, the two-year Master Interior Architecture program at the Royal Academy in the Hague.


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).


12.11 Shift lecture 10×10

Oana Radeş and Thijs van Bijsterveldt lecture at the first 10×10 lecture evening, organized by Architectenweb. The lecture series give an overview of the next generation of design offices in the Netherlands. Other lecturers of the evening include Anouk Vogel, d.efac.to, DUS, morePlatz, Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk, LINT, LOLA, SUMoffice and XML.


12.11 1st prize ‘De groene kamer’

Shift wins 1st prize in the restricted competition of De Groene Kamer for the ‘Campus’. The proposals for the ‘block’ and the ‘hook’ have been awarded with a second prize. The jury, lead by Ton Venhoeven, praises Shift’s proposals for their diverse solutions and the convincing integration of architecture and landscape. The designs of Shift also score best of all submissions on sustainability.

Realization of De Groene Kamer, a 30 hectare mix of eco-retail, ‘edutainment’, leisure program and nature just outside the city boundaries of Tilburg, is scheduled for 2013. Shift will work together with the masterplanners LOLA and Fabric and the other winning architects, Next and Kempe Thill.


12.11 Tilburgse Bouw Sociëteit @ Tilburg University

Harm Timmermans and Paul Hoeijmans (head of real estate Tilburg University) lecture on the recent, current and future developments of Tilburg University for the Tilburgse Bouw Sociëteit.

Shift has developed an urban framework for Tilburg University that strengthens the unique green quality of the campus and provides for the necessary flexibility for future developments in the short and long term.

12.11 Kluswoning Rotterdam nearing completion

Shift’s design for the complete interior renovation of a so-called kluswoning (a do-it-yourself-house) in Rotterdam is about to be delivered. The highlight of the house, an XL piece of furniture that organizes the house over three floors, has been installed successfully. Shift works in close collaboration with the contractors to ensure a high level of precision in the building details.

11.11 OCupA

Thijs van Bijsterveldt participates in the workshop ‘Unsolicited Architecture’, organized by the NAi during the 9th International Architecture Biennale of Sao Paulo.

The collaboration between Brazilian and Dutch architects/artists resulted in a proposal for the intensification of the public space of the Ibirapuera park. The limits of the continuous space of the modernist park are tested by extending the park on top of the monumental buildings of Niemeyer. Through a series of collages and one on site intervention the hidden potential of the roof of the OCA building as a public hill for the park is explored.


10.11 Dentist Practice wind and water proof

The construction of Shift’s design for the transformation of a villa into a dentist practice runs on schedule. After the prefabricated timber casco was installed in just a few days, the large glass panels have been installed successfully. Soon the extension will be entirely clad in zinc.

The project has been engineered in such a way that it is delivered in just six months after breaking ground. Shift supervises the construction.

08.11 Rethink LA

Shift participates in the ‘Rethink LA Exhibition’ with their proposal for the conversion of the Judge Harry Pregerson interchange in downtown LA.

Outtake from the exhibition text:

At the dawn of the new century, technological developments inspired by a renewed environmental awareness promise a total revolution in infrastructure and car intelligence. In June 2011 the state of Nevada authorized the use of autonomous vehicles, creating the first step towards more safe and fluent traffic flows; while the use of electricity as an alternative power source will result in clean and silent cars. Not only will our cars and roads become sustainable, they will allow for entire adjacent city portions to witness a reborn by expanding and reconnecting across the infrastructure system. As trade routes and strategic cross-roads have been the starting point for historical cities, the freeway systems will be the new backbone of social, economical and cultural developments of contemporary cities. Los Angeles’ freeway system will finally truly become, as Reyner Banham once stated, one of the “greater works of Man, a coherent state of mind, a complete way of life”.


07.11 Jury Archetypes 2011 competition

Oana Radeş is invited as jury member at the Archetypes 2011 Competition in Bucharest, Romania. Organized by AD(D)VERITAS and the Order of Architects from Romania, Archetypes is a national architectural competition that encourages new solutions for activating ignored or abandoned public spaces. On several locations throughout Romania, the brief asks for temporary pavilions with public functions meant to improve the quality of the surrounding public space. The manifestation has the goal to link the winners to the public administration authorities and market parties in order to eventually build the winning entry.

07.11 Start Studio Sport

In the coming year, Shift investigates how to improve the spatial position of sport in the city. The secondary role of sport in urban planning has deemed sport facilities to the edges and rest spaces of the city. This spatial isolation is contrary to the central role that sport plays in contemporary society. With the conviction that sport can be used as a catalyst for urban quality, Studio Sport will develop strategies to integrate sport in the compact city. The research is supported by the Dutch Creative Industries Fund, and will take place in collaboration with the cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.


06.11 KEI-atelier ‘Sport in de stad’

Harm Timmermans participates at the meeting ‘Sport in de stad’ organized by KEI and the Mulier Instituut. During the meeting several sport experts discuss how the Olympic Games can stimulate more vital and ‘movement friendly’ city environments, and how this effects their spatial organization and program.

06.11 Sport 2.0

Thijs van Bijsterveldt participates at Sport 2.0, an initiative of the municipality Almere that explores promising and innovative concepts for sports. In the coming years Almere will grow from 190.000 to 350.000 inhabitants. This so called ‘leap of scale’ introduces the possibility to operate as a testground for the rest of the Netherlands. During the event several concepts are generated that combine spatial, programmatic and social issues around sport within the context of Almere.