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WAM architecten: the bureau and the vision
Architect Wilfried van Winden established WAM architecten two years ago. This architecture firm occupies a former garage close by Delft’s main railway station. Wilfried van Winden’s initials are ‘WAM’, an acronym that exudes vivacity, boldness and ambition.
WAM architecten is a young and dynamic bureau which can nevertheless rely on more than 25 years’ experience in the domains of public and private buildings and infrastructure. In conjunction with a team of committed professionals, WAM architecten works on a diversity of projects that make an essential contribution to our built surroundings and society.
WAM architecten is a guarantee for the fulfilment of the dreams of the client and the end user. The bureau is distinctive for its exploratory approach, inventiveness, focus on pleasure and enthusiasm, with which it strives to realise beautiful buildings and surroundings in close consultation with the client. These projects might be small interventions, such as a porch, or real eye-catchers, such as the renowned Inntel Hotel in Zaandam. WAM architecten does not employ a single style that is universally applicable in order to achieve this. Together with the client, WAM architecten stage-manages an urban setting or a building, achieving a result that is pleasurable and beautiful while also dovetailing perfectly with the desired atmosphere.
Fusion architecture is the name of the approach that WAM architecten has adopted as its modus operandi. Fusion is not a style but a mindset. It involves an open-minded strategy that accepts no taboos. The growing diversity of cultures and subcultures in contemporary society calls for a new architectonic strategy. Fusion stands for an inventive way of mixing and interconnecting present and past, East and West, tradition and innovation, abstract and figurative architecture, and high and low culture. This generates novel expressions that correspond to specific cultural and local wishes and customs. Ornamentation – decorative architecture – makes a fundamental contribution to this. Pursuing the Fusion strategy, WAM architecten devises a characteristic, fitting solution that gives due consideration to the urban and social context for each architectural assignment.
WAM architecten performs the design and construction process in teams of varied composition that involve a diversity of specialists: from design to specification drawings, from management to communications. The role of all these experts is stipulated in advance, in the same way the expectations of client and architect are clearly defined.
-Click here for the corporate brochure PDF
-Click here to read an interview with Wilfried van Winden in De Architect
-Click here to read Jonathan Glancey’s article in The Guardian
-Click here to read the article in The New York Times Magazine
-Click here to read the article in Blueprint
-Click here to read the article in Architecture Today
-Click here for further details about the publication Fusion – Pleidooi voor een sierlijke architectuur in een open samenleving (Fusion – An appeal for a decorative architecture in an open society).
-Click here to view a short video about Fusion
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