Opening. Museumplein Limburg by Shift architecture urbanism

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Project team
Thijs van Bijsterveldt, Oana Rades, Harm Timmermans, Pieter Heymans, Irgen Salianji, Thomas Grievink, Davide Prioli, Dalia Zakaite, René Sangers, Mariya Gyaurova, Sara Frikech, Zoé Renaud.
Structural engineer.- ABT.
Technical engineer.- Mertens Bouwbedrijf.
Building physics.- Bremen Bouwadvies.
Fire safety.- Bureau Bouwkunde.
Discovery Center Continium.
Mertens Bouwbedrijf, Spie, Van de Laar.
Area / Dimensions
7,500 m².
Museumplein 2. 6461 - MA Kerkrade, Netherlands.
Design museum, Earth theater, offices, conference rooms, auditorium and museum square.
Rene de Wit, Henny van Belkom, Kenneth Tan.

Architecture and Urbanism. SHIFT

Shift is an architecture practice based in Rotterdam, founded in 2005 by Harm Timmermans (1975) and Oana Rades (1977). In 2010 Thijs van Bijsterveldt (1981) joined the principal team. All three partners teach and lecture at different universities and schools throughout the Netherlands, such as the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Tilburg, the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Technical University of Eindhoven, and the Rietveld Academy Amsterdam.

Awards: The Charlotte Köhler Prize, Prix de Rome, Archiprix International and Archiprix NL.

Shift Architecture Urbanism is a Rotterdam-based practice that operates both beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture and at the same time within the hard core of architecture. In both cases, we believe that architecture should be there to make a difference, or shouldn’t be there at all.

Shift stands for a proactive approach to relevant spatial issues shaping the contemporary environment. The office engages in self-initiated research-by-design studies on themes such as transport, infrastructure, sports, and (the public domain of) the city. In these studies, Shift visualizes future scenarios through specific spatial interventions charged with form, program, and typology.

Shift strives for a craftsmanship attitude throughout each phase of the architectural process. Experimentation and originality are balanced with skill and precision. Rather than on the newness, the focus is on performance. The office finds it its task to safeguard the integrity of each project. Shift takes responsibility for the architecture of the entire process: from sketch to realization.





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