“Architects are not creative”, says architect Michiel Riedijk of Neutelings Riedijk Architects and according to his partner Willem Jan Neutelings: “Designing is hard work, trying out, testing, rejecting, trying out again.” That may be so, but the buildings they design are both inventive and iconic. You can see for yourself in our new Dutch Profile. Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries about architects and graphic, product and fashion designers in the Netherlands, commissioned by DutchDFA.
Architects Neutelings Riedijk design sculptural buildings with a powerful urban presence, often with striking facades as a result of well thought-out designs. Although they frequently cooperate with visual artists Neutelings Riedijk do not consider themselves to be artistic.
One of their most ingenious projects is The Netherlands Institute for Image and Sound. In this gigantic archive almost one million hours of Dutch radio and television footage is preserved. Part of this collection is presented in the accompanying museum. And scenes from famous TV shows are incorporated in its colourful glass façade, designed by artist Jaap Drupsteen.
Neutelings Riedijk hold an ambiguous position regarding their Dutch heritage. Although innovation is not a goal in itself, the results of their design process is often very surprising.
CREDITS Director: Tomas Kaan, Camera: Hans Bouma, Sound: Wouter Veldhuis, Editing: Maurik de Ridder, Music Sound Design: Jesse Koolhaas, Research: Kirsten Hannema, Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering, Producer Submarine: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Produced by Submarine, Commissioned by DutchDFA