Bloomframe® apartment building
Bank headquarter entrance
Board of directors
Bank IT office
Casense garden pod
NautaDutilh law firm
Boeing office Amsterdam
The office is located in the ancient harbor district of Amsterdam. With an experienced, enthusiastic and powerful team of architects and interior designers we put all our energy and effort in creating inspiring buildings and interiors. We merge the goals and dreams of our clients with our ideas of quality and create marvelous places to be.
Since 16 years we work on a large variety of projects. We gained experience in the realization of architectural projects, renovations, interior design projects and product designs. Below you find a more specific explanation of the design approach and process of each of our services. We are ambitious and motivated, if your required service is not listed below please don’t hesitate to contact us. We want to learn and broaden our horizon.
The HofmanDujardin team is a multi-disciplinary international group of approximately 20 architects, interior architects, draftsmen and interns with different background and university education. The office has a horizontal approachable organization. The following people are part of the team: Michiel Hofman, Barbara Dujardin, Anne Boonstra, Arjen Aarnoudse, Bo Winnubst, Stephan Verkuijlen, Pieter Mulder, Maik Peters, Xander Albers, Marjo Langbroek, Juan Verdeguer, Thom Zijlstra, Jaime Perez, Fabian van den Bosch, Beatriz Lacarra, Jibril Omari, Laurens Schuitmaker, Enneco Viana, David Hernandez and Andoni Urreizti.
Our way of working is based on four key values Clarity, Quality, Integrity and Creativity. We base everything on simple, clear designs. We deliver the highest-quality design solutions for our clients. We practice honest, transparent and straightforward ways of working. And we have the unlimited ambition to be inspirational, original and enthusiastic in everything we do.
Our values apply to literally everything – from high-level meetings with clients to how the team members interact in our Amsterdam office. It is our way of life – a set of standards with which we think, communicate, design and create. By basing everything we do on these values we ensure we create spaces of the highest possible quality that protect, relax, connect and excite people. We start all projects with a very clear, simple sketch, so from the first step our clients can be confident that we fully understand them and they fully understand us.
In the studio we speak fluently English, Dutch, French, German, and Spanish. We can deliver our services in any of these languages.
To give you a personal impression of our ideas, our vision and our work ethics we publish an interview from an international design magazine.
What is your motivation for working in the industry of architecture so far? What is your feeling about this industry?
We started our architecture studies in 1990. Barbara studied in Versailles, Paris and Milan. Michiel studied in Delft and Milan. Our chief motivation is architecture’s beautiful mix of science and sociology. Architecture as an industry has been not very successful over the last decade. Unfortunately architects have not taken the responsibility. Architects seem now to rely on an top down aesthetic approach towards built environments. We think architecture is not about buildings but about people. Architects seem to forget this, and clients and users are surprised by it. Architects need to reclaim a more authentic position and design for the intuitive well being of people. While realizing this, they still need to make their work beautiful.
architecture is not about buildings,
it is about people.
As for an architect, what quality do you think is the most important?
Our approach is to create surroundings where people feel good based on their intuition. People have an affinity for the balance they find in nature; we still desire natural elements. In architecture this means people need to find a balance in built surroundings which offers light and air, protection and comfort, surprise and action, and connection … connection between people, between spaces, between inside and outside and between culture and nature. In all of our designs the intuition of people has the highest priority. Also, our designs are always an extension of our personalities; we strive for clarity, quality, integrity and creativity.
Which part of work do you think is the most interesting in architecture?
The dialogue with the people around us, working together to design, collectively, great places which will inspire people.
What will you do when your work meets difficulty and pressure?
We stay relaxed and focused. We guide the project to a good conclusion with always the interests of the client and the user in mind.
Do you participate in the operation of your team? How do you think about team operation and team spirit?
Yes, we work very closely with our team. We maximize individual qualities but with an overwhelming sense of teamwork. Team spirit is a crucial aspect of our office. We see it as our task to integrate everybody who is involved in the project as an important team member. The client, the contractor, the advisers, the end users, they are all crucial in the realization of a great project. So, the team is always larger and more important than its individual members.
What do you think makes you/your team different? What is your/your team’s core competence?
What makes the difference is our approach, the way we create spaces by understanding people’s intuition. We design and realize projects for people. We understand people in their surroundings; we know what makes them feel good. An architect needs first to understand people, then buildings.
Do you have persistent vision of architecture from then till now? What is it? Why?
Yes, our vision has developed over the past 16 years of practicing architecture. We shape surroundings for people that communicate with their intuition.
What kind of architecture do you think is an inspiring building?
Many buildings inspire but that inspiration is not related to a specific style or period.
Do you have an identical “HofmanDujardin” element in all your projects?
Yes, one element that runs through all the spaces we design is the idea of understanding the way people intuitively perceive the world around them (their needs and desires) and echoing the balance that nature has perfected. We believe people require shelter, space, connection and entertainment.
Do you want to challenge any kind of project you have never done before? What is it?
We are preparing ourselves to design international airports. These are the cities of the future where human intuition is of vital importance. Our vision should certainly be projected on these large-scale international projects.
Could you tell me which your favorite books are?
Two favourite books are Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse and Identity by Milan Kundera. Hesse’s book is about the balance of rationality and sensitivity. Kundera’s is about two lovers’ perceptions of a similar situation. Both books show the human necessity for empathy for opposite feelings and approaches.
Could you share your travelling stories with us?
We travel a lot for work and in our private life. Recently Barbara went to Japan and Brussels to represent the office. During the last two months I travelled to Seoul, Shanghai, Istanbul and Paris. Currently I am in Beirut for the finalization of the project The Cube which we designed with Orange Architects. Evidently travelling opens our minds and give us ideas and inspiration but we also have a focus on our local projects in The Netherlands.
Why do you think “Inspiring” is so important in your concept?
In any project inspiration is the most valuable. I think architecture has to inspire people, has to give people a positive energy and vibration. With inspiration everything is possible. Inspiration triggers fantasy, love, dreams, goals, energy, etc.. In the design process we want to inspire the client with a fabulous project. After realization of the project we want to inspire the people inside the buildings.
What kind of design concept is inspiring? Green, comfortable, high-technical or more?
Every design which touches people is inspiring. The kind of project does not matter. Inspiration is one of our most profound sources of energy. Any design is able to touch people, it is not related to scale, client or context.
Do you hope that your inspiring spaces and products can inspire people to enhance life by themselves too?
Of course, that is what it is all about. Inspiring people around us is what makes us move. We want to inspire on every level, we inspire our clients, our employees, our contractors, our users. Inspiration is what makes people activate, feel alive.
Why do you have the idea to create the Bloomframe® Window? Is it related to your inspiring concept?
One of our projects which inspires people, what triggers their imagination is the Bloomframe®, a window frame which transforms into a balcony. The Bloomframe® window offers a beautiful open outdoor space in a situation an apartment does not have a balcony or terrace. It is fascinating to see that the facade transforms and offers you a place in the open air to relax, enjoy the sun and take a cup of coffee.
Since the foundation of the office our projects and ideas have been granted several international design awards.
The New York Times selected the Bloomframe balcony for the top 10 best ideas 2008
Nomination Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2009
Winner Janus Award 2015 Paris
Finalist Jones Lang LaSalle Winning Workplace Award 2013
Honourable mention Europan 7 Amsterdam The Netherlands
Nomination VMRG innovation prize 2007 Netherlands
Nomination ARC12 Interior Design Award Eneco headquarter
Nomination MKB Innovation Top 100 innovative companies in The Netherlands 2009
Nomination Index Design Award 2009 Denmark
Nomination Spark Design & Architecture Awards 2009 USA