Amsterdam-based NL Architects was founded in 1997 by Pieter Bannenberg (1959), Walter van Dijk (1962), Kamiel Klaasse (1967) and Mark Linnemann (1963), who left the office in 2003.
In the view of NL, architecture today cannot be separated from suburban issues and strategies, which is their key to develop innovative and forward-looking devices and arrangements. Architecture is presented as a field of experimental activity, at the crossroads of economic, programmatic, technical and environmental thinking. The city is perceived as an ecosystem, an environment where logical systems of urban growth and natural factors, consumption and production, flux and stasis are balanced; and where recycling is set up as a method of stable and sustainable functioning, whether it has to do with waste, energy, materials or even architecture
Selected works: Groninger Forum (Groningen, 2006 – 2011), Funen Blok K (Amsterdam, 2010), Loop House (Korea, 2006), A8ernA (Zaanstad, 2006), Basket Bar (Utrecht, 2003), WOS 8 (Utrecht, 1997)
Selected Exhibitions: NL Architects participated in many exhibitions around the world: Out There, Architecture Biennale Venice (Venice, 2008), New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pasific (Shanghai, 2007), Sign as Surface (traveling Exhibition USA, 2003), Fresh Facts, Biennale Venice (Venice, 2002), NL Lounge, Dutch Pavilon Biennale Venice (Venice, 2000).
Books: Life Logo (NL Architects, 2007), NL 98 99 00 (NL Architects, 2002)
Awards: Numerous awards, for example: the European Price for Urban Public Space (2006), Mies van der Rohe award (2005), N.A.I award (2004), Rietveld Price (2003), and the Rotterdam design price (2001)
Teaching: The members of NL Architects are involved in teaching and lectures at several institutions, universities and academies in the Netherlands and abroad.