Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for Arnhem Bartok

February 22, 2017

Barcode Architects officially broke ground on the Bartok inner city development in Arnhem on Wednesday, February 22. The press event was attended by Alderman Gerrie Elfrink, by representatives of the developer Kondor Wessels Projecten, by investor Fred Tuinman of Reggeborgh, and by Dirk Peters of Barcode Architects. The 9,500m2 high-end development takes on an inner-city scale with folded set-back roof terraces on its upper levels and an angled façade towards the square. At the same time, it increases density with 62 mid-sized apartments, and adds public program on the ground floor with a supermarket and two boutique shops. The completion of the Bartok development is expected in June 2018.

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January 13, 2017

The new Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville officially opened its doors on January 13 2017. The 12.500m2 multimedia library, designed by OMA in collaboration with Barcode Architects, is part of an ambitious new cultural district being developed along the Bassin St. Pierre in the heart of the Normandy city. The building design is characterized by its specific cross-shaped volume and by its column-free panoramic reading room. As the digital revolution re-shapes the library typology, the Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville’s vast public interior responds by transforming the traditionally introverted reading place into an open public forum for knowledge exchange.

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January 12, 2017

On view in the Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam is a mini exhibition about the competition for Sluishuis. The building is part of Steigereiland, a new development on the city’s north-eastern edge dedicated to experimental forms of housing. As part of it, the Sluishuis proposes a contemporary housing typology that offers strategies for accommodating social diversity, building high-density at the human scale, and connecting public space to the IJ Lake. Next to the winning project by BIG and Barcode Architects, the entries by OMA, Neutelings Riedijk and Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen are also being presented. The exhibition closes on February 28.

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November 28, 2016

Barcode Architects, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and developers VORM / BESIX have won the competition for the iconic Sluishuis, in IJburg Steigereiland, an emerging urban district in Amsterdam. The mixed-use building obtains its dynamic form from the cascading terraces towards the IJburg neighbourhood and a lifted corner towards the water that opens the courtyard to arriving boats. Located between the vast IJ Lake and the city, the Sluishuis links the emerging urban district in IJburg with Amsterdam’s historic centre. The 46.000 m2 project offers 380 zero-energy residences, approximately 4.000 m2 of commercial and common areas, underground parking, and a comprehensive water-quality program with space for up to 30 houseboats.

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November 4, 2016

Construction is steadily progressing on the Earth Simulation Laboratory, Utrecht University Geosciences faculty’s new research building for experimental physics. Designed in collaboration with ABT, it replaces the former heavy concrete Robert J. van de Graaff building, which was dismantled earlier this year. The main concrete structure of the original building has been preserved, and will be re-clad with an innovative energy-saving climate façade. The new building envelope features a band of concrete façade panels with an abstracted reflective image of the Dutch delta, which offer a visual representation of the faculty’s research.

Construction began in early October of this year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

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October 19, 2016

Sales have officially launched for ‘The Muse’ on October 15. There was a large turnout for the event, which took place near the project location at the Hangar85 restaurant. The luxury residential tower, to be built at Wijnhaven 69 in Rotterdam, offers high-end apartments with quality exterior spaces in the form of generous double-height balconies, terraced units, and a collective fifth-level roof garden. It will also contribute to creating a lively, human-scale pedestrian environment with its transparent commercial ground level, residential balconies close to the street, and recognizable silhouette in the Rotterdam skyline.

Construction will begin in the spring of 2017 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
More information about ‘The Muse’ can be found on the project website:


June 8, 2016

‘The Muse’, a new high-end apartment tower designed by Barcode Architects, was officially presented at the Dutch real-estate fair Provada today. The 75 meter tall striking appearance will further shape the Maritime district to become a high-end living, working and leisure neighbourhood in the heart of Rotterdam. The tower contains 94 high-end apartments ranging from 80m2-200m2, 4 large penthouses, a communal roof garden, a private parking facility and 2 luxury commercial spaces on ground floor. The construction of ‘The Muse’ will start in the beginning of 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2018.

More information about ‘The Muse’ can be found on the project website:

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Habiter Autrement & BARCODE Architects complete ‘Urban Cap’, striking ‘monolithic’ office building in Bordeaux

September 3, 2015

As part of an extensive redevelopment of the entire harbour area, Bassin à Flots at the west bank of the river Garonne in Bordeaux, Habiter Autrement and Barcode Architects have designed a timeless new building, undeniably revealing the future ambition of this harbour area to become one of the hip & trendy city destinations in Bordeaux. Bassins à Flots, Bordeaux’s main industrial harbour, is still active, but restaurants and homes now sit alongside the hangars, warehouses and silos. With the powerful simplicity of the design, Habiter Autrement and Barcode Architects subtly refer to the architectural language of the still omnipresent industrial environment.

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Exhibition ‘Beyond Architecture – Architecture Beyond’ displays work of BARCODE Architects.

June 25, 2015

On Saturday 27th of June, Jack van der Hoek, alderman for Culture of Haarlem, opens the exhibition ‘Beyond Architecture – Architecture Beyond’ in gallery 37PK and the ABC Architectuurcentrum. On display are BARCODE Architects’ design of the Taiwan Tower, a 400 meter high sculptural tower for the City of Taichung, as well as studies for the project ‘WH69’, a luxury tower situated on Wijnhaven in Rotterdam.

Exposition: 27 juni – 23 augustus
Locations: 37PK Groot Heiligland 37 and ABC Architectuurcentrum Groot Heiligland 47, Haarlem

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BARCODE Architects wins competition for ‘Plot 5′ in the railway redevelopment zone of Delft, The Netherlands.

March 23, 2015

Barcode Architects has been appointed as the winner of the selected architectural competition for one of the most prominent hotspots in the new railway redevelopment area of Delft. A jury of ERA Contour, Urban designer Jaap van den Bout (Palmbout Urban landscapes) and city architect Wytze Patijn selected the winning design proposal  for ‘PLOT 5’ above other entries from a.o. Mvrdv, Arons & Gelauff and Rooijakkers + Tomesen architects.

Beside the recently opened central station and the new cityhall, ‘Plot 5’ will be one of the future prominent faces of the large railway redevelopment zone in Delft.