l: ben van berkel
mercedes benz museumby UN studio,
a continous single surface, six plateaus themselves are level
with slowly sloping ramps bridging the height difference
was born in utrecht in 1957.
he studied architecture at the rietveld academy in amsterdam
and at the architectural association in london,
receiving the AA diploma with honours in 1987.
in 1988 he set up an architectural practice in amsterdam
with caroline bos.
van berkel & bos architectuurbureau has realized urban
development projects, architectural designs and infrastructural
plans. in 1998 they established a new firm in addition to
van berkel & bos architectuurbureau: UN studio.
UN studio is a network of specialists in architecture, urban
development and infrastructure. UN studio organizes strategic
forms of collaboration with architects, graphic designers, and
constructors, building consultants, service companies, quantity
surveyors, photographers, stylists and new media designers.
in recent years, the firm has increasingly concentrated on large-
scale projects for the dutch cities of nieuwegein, rijkswaterstaat,
and arnhem. their proposal for arnhem, which is now under
construction, is based upon studies of traffic flow and combines
the city's bus terminal and train station into a homogeneous public
van berkel has many activities in the theoretical field.
as a visiting professor he worked at columbia university,
new york, as a visiting critic at harvard university, and teaches
at princeton university.
db: when you were a child, what did you want to be?
yes, an architect.
when I was around 10...11, I was maybe aware of that I had the
fascination for constructions. I was interested in bridges, I was
interested in... everything that came from the ground.
I lived in utrecht, in the middle of holland, an area where a lot of
new buildings were coming up, almost every weekend I was
walking along with my fatherand was strongly fascinated,
by every week seeing a structure grow.
and so my interest in architecture grew from my 12 years old until
I was 20
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