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16Feb

K14 comes after K12

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On February 16th an agreement was reached with Krost on a new exciting project in Moscow City. As is customary in Russia the project carries another neutral code name, K14 that surprisingly tends to sound more poetic the more we work on the project. Although after some wandering the program…

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09Feb

After organising the architectural program of the Archiprix International Madrid 2015 excursion for Hunter Douglas it was kind of a relief being a regular participant of the 2017 edition to India. On this intense trip Paul de Vroom took the opportunity to pay a visit to two different design…

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20Dec

Message from Moscow

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On a cold winter’s eve the postman delivered a solid package from Moscow: a Christmas present from the Krost Company. Krost had decided to collect their philosophy and achievements over the years, in a big hardcover book. Being involved from 2000 on in their projects in Moscow several articles…

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17Dec

In mass housing Paul de Vroom was always fascinated in crossing the border between design by architects and self design. In the concepts of the Schutterstoren and Australië-Boston the individual freedom in layout was stretched to the limits of regulatory obstacles. The freedom obtained here was well appreciated by…

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06Dec

Surprise in Chile

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When the shooting of ‘La Holandesa’ finished, Paul de Vroom joined Jet Christiaanse in order to explore the unrivaled architecture of Chile. Chile is a byword for overwhelming nature to all but some architecture addicts. Paul is one of them, Jet witnessed that he even managed to turn the visit…

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23Nov

It has been a while (that happens if you don’t maintain a blog), but it is still worth mentioning. In the Netherlands there is one very direct way for a commissioner to show his appreciation for the building an architect has made for him: to provide the building with…

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23Nov

The Big Green Egg

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At the moment the stage of technical specification of our project for the new Headquarters for the Big Green Egg Company is in its final moment. In accordance with the strategy of our Team: the project has gained quality by its coherent choice of materials and its uncompromising detailing….

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23Nov

The film production ‘La Holandesa’ (director Marleen Jonkman, producer Smarthouse Films, Amsterdam) is shooting in Chile at the moment. The film is about a woman (played by Rifka Lodeizen) who has to come to terms with the fact that she cannot have children. It is a road movie that…

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23Nov

Promising news about our reconversion project for the Batik Corporation Indonesia (Gedung Gabungan Koperasi Batik Indonesia or GKBI) in Semarang. The Oen Semarang Foundation (OSF) of which Paul de Vroom is the representative architect has made important progress. For years now Jenny Megaradjasa, the moving spirit behind the OSF,…

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23Nov

Where is the legacy of ‘Opa de Vroom’? The jack-of-all-trades Pieter de Vroom Senior was an architect-contractor in the colonial city of Medan (Sumatra-Indonesia) during the first half of the 20th century, until the 2nd World War. He happened to be my grandfather (opa) and the person that persuaded…