Building upon Building : Architecture as evolution instead of revolution

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In a time when more and more architecture looks as if it was realized without taking its context into account, 45 contemporary European architects accept a challenge: to design a fictional extension of a building in line with the principles of the existing building. The result: Building upon Building, a series of relevant dialogues between contemporary architects and the past.

New generation

Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld, editors of this publication, present a new generation of European architects with the question: how can insights into the historical city be intertwined with stories of the past? This question is explored and answered in 45 designs and four essays. Architecture as evolution instead of revolution.

Fictional architectural solutions

Building upon Building provides fictional architectural solutions to existing issues. The book Building upon Building shows how a new generation of European architects work with a renewed appreciation of history. Included are designs by Dutch architects as well as creations from architectural firms from Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

There are contributions by AMUNT, Sergison Bates, Baukuh, Bedaux de Brouwer, BeL, Anne Dessing, Gunnar Daan, Diederendirrix, Dierendonckblancke, Dow Jones, East, Els Claessens & Tania Vandenbussche, Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin, Fischer Multerer, General Architecture, Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven, Hans van der Heijden, Barnaby Hughes & Hamish Warren, Humblé Martens, Ryan W. Kennihan, Adam Khan, David Kohn, De Kort Van Schaik, Korth Tielens, Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk, Ties Linders, Lütjens Padmanabhan, Donna van Milligen Bielke, Monadnock, Murmuur, Nbundm*, Nu Architectuuratelier, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, OMMX, Studio Ossidiana, Mark Pimlott, re:architekti, Robbrecht & Daem, Jules Schoonman, Hugh Strange, SUB Ofce, Studio Thys Vermeulen, Veldwerk, De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Ofce Winhov and essays by Christophe Van Gerrewey, Arjan Hebly, Dorine van Hoogstraten and Lara Schrijver.


Book Launch in London : The book is launched on 23 March at 6.30 PM at AA Bookshop in London. Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld will give a presentation.

Exhibition : Later this year, as a follow-up to Building upon Building, Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld will organize an exhibition in the Deutsche Architekturmuseum DAM about new trends in Dutch and Flemish architecture.

About the authors : This publication was edited by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld. Together they make up Veldwerk, a firm focusing on design, research and documentation of architecture.

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