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Sjoerd Soeters, from Soeters Van Eldonk Architects, is an architect and urban planner. Under his supervision, large-scale urban projects have been developed. Projects like the Java Island in Amsterdam and Haverleij, a complex of nine castles in Den Bosch.

Critics describe Soeters’ designs as populist, a notion that Soeters doesn’t contradict. He prefers to build for the general public rather than for his peers. This design mentality, and his continuous revolt against modernism, have earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible of the Dutch architecture world. Soeters was asked to design a new city centre for Zaanstad, a town near Amsterdam. For this assignment he sought inspiration in the local Zaanstad architectural vernacular.

Video Profile Soeters van Eldonk Architects


Director: Noud Holtman, Camera: Stef Tijdink, Sound: Benny Jansen, Editing: Casper Sikken, Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering, Production Submarine: Olivia van Leeuwen, Production assistance: Marah Haan, Voice Over: Lotje Sodderland, Music/sound design: Big Orange, Produced by Submarine, Commissioned by DutchDFA.

Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries produced by Submarine commissioned by DutchDFA about architects, graphic, product and fashion designers in the Netherlands.

Dutch Profiles focuses on the conceptual, context-oriented and research-based practice of Dutch designers and includes interviews with, among others: MVRDV, 2012 Architects, Jurgen Bey, Claudy Jongstra, Gerard Unger, Paul Mijksenaar, Marlies Dekkers, Alexander van Slobbe and G-Star.


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