Amfora Amsterdam: sustainable innercity

2007 – 2011 | Amfora Amsterdam is an ‘unsolicited proposal’ for a radically different, sustainable development of the innercity of Amsterdam. Amfora solves spatial, environmental and traffic problems by building...

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A15 Maasvlakte – Vaanplein

2011 | Architectural and landscape design for the renovation and extension of highway A15 between Rotterdam and its most westbound harbour. Michel Heesen was project leader/ architect for this tender...

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1st prize spatial strategy Rotterdam

2010 | The spatial strategy ‘Door dicht en dun’, developed by Gillet Heesen Nouwens Architects, has won the 1st prize of architecture competition ‘Een Tweede Leven’ (‘Second life’), organized by...

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Parkway N302 Harderwijk and wooden bicycle bridge

2007 – 2010 | Various landscapes are lined up along the N302 between Kootwijk and Hoorn. They determine the experience of the road: green road shoulders, impressing panoramas and strong...

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Redevelopment Tbilisi Central

2006 – 2010 | Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is a rapidly expanding city, currently counting 1,2 million inhabitants. The central train station, famous for its Gold Market with jewellery,...

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A42 Emscher ParkAutobahn

2009 | In the city of Gelsenkirchen (D), Michel Heesen led a team of ZJA/ Okra who made a design for the A42 ParkAutobahn through the Ruhrgebiet. The design refers...

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Light-weight highway cover

2009 | On invitation of the governmental advisor on infrastructure, Rein Jansma (ZJA) and Michel Heesen gave a presentation on the possibilities of covering highways with light-weight structures.

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Research by design: bicycle bridge Amsterdam

2009 | In commission of the city of Amsterdam, Michel Heesen conducted a research by design on the possibilities of re-developing an existing pedestrian bridge in ‘De Baarsjes’. How to...

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Bridges Palm Deira Dubai

2009 | In commission of ZJA, Michel Heesen has worked on the architectural and landscaping concept of the winning competition design of a series of new bridges between the islands...

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Zero energy design Ramspolbridge N50

2009 | In commission of ZJA/ Okra, Michel Heesen has made a quick scan of the spatial qualities of highway A50 and an architectural design concept for the new zero-energy...

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Integral area development A2 Maastricht: new tunnel, revived city

2008-2009 | In commission of id Maastricht (a company comprised of ZJA, KCAP, Rijnboutt and Lodewijk Baljon), Michel Heesen has been working on the design and landscaping of the infrastructure...

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Nomination World Sustainability Centre

2009 | Michel Heesen has been nominated for the international open architecture competition World Sustainability Centre Afsluitdijk. His entry ‘Powerful Curve’ is based on a partly elevated Afsluitdijk, combining an...

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Wellness spa along river Rhine

2009 | Michel Heesen and soil expert Ann-Charlotte Toes have made an architectural design concept and landscaping plan for a wellness spa along the river Rhine based on the use...

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Urban design concept Vardø (Norway)

2009 | Michel Heesen has made an urban design concept based on a sustainable, zero-energy strategy for the city of Vardø in northern Norway.

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Exploring design issues in the hard shoulder of the highway

2008 | Atelier Rijksbouwmeester asked Michel Heesen to make a quick scan of what can be expected in the hard shoulder of highways in the nearby future. The quick scan...

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Nine wildlife-crossings Veluwe

2008 | In commission of Heijmans/ ZJA, Michel Heesen made an architectural and landscape design for nine wildlife-crossings in the Netherlands.

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Schiphol Airport ‘Barrier of Silence’

2008 | In commission of Heijmans/ ZJA/ Eneco, Michel Heesen worked on an architectural design concept for an innovative sound barrier for Schiphol Amsterdam airport, based on bio-mass production and an...

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E-car concepts in urban design

2008 | In commission of ZJA, Michel Heesen has explored urban concepts based on car sharing and e-cars in cooperation with bike sharing guru Luud Schimmelpennink.

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Michel Heesen wins Zuid-Hollandse Vormgevingsprijs

2008 | Michel Heesen has won the Zuid-Hollandse Vormgevings Prijs 2008 (category young-professionals). Heesen designed ‘Mud Spa Grevelingen’, a spa in which the excessive algae in lake Grevelingen are used...

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Folly ‘Binnen Buiten’: 1st prize design ‘Atelier Malkovich’

2008 | Winning entry of the architectural competition ‘Atelier Malkovich’, build and exhibited at Nieuwe en Meer near Amsterdam. The folly Binnen Buiten (‘inside out’) has been designed and build...

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