Inspiration in the Netherlands

We just returned from the Netherlands researching materials and visiting manufacturers.

The Netherlands enacted progressive housing standards in 1901, making provisions for healthy indoor space including lighting and ventilation. Current manufacturers of ventilation systems, control systems and high-efficiency windows are using excellent materials and innovative techniques.

Touring many areas, including old and new towns, we saw ingenious construction details and uses of materials, old and new, that inspired us.

Early rainscreen principle and cellulose insulation in an agricultural building ruin on the island of Tiengemeten

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Electric car charging station in Rotterdam

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Cross-laminated structural wood from Austria at the RDM campus in Rotterdam

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Industrial felt for cafe seating at the RDM campus in Rotterdam

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Printed glass dividing wall in the offices of the RDM campus in Rotterdam

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Concrete grass pavers at Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve

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A green roof at the Energate window office in Speyer, Germany

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