Norman Foster is famous for saying that, as an architect you design for the present with awareness of the past and for a future that is essentially unknown.
As with most aspects of today’s culture and society, history is a prominent feature – especially in contemporary architecture.
Contemporary architecture is the ethos of the 21st century made tangible: Originality is one of the main drivers in the design of contemporary buildings.
Contemporary architecture, such as Nico van der Meulen Architects’ designs, are based on functionality and the final appearance can be adjusted to the client’s taste. However the one characteristic of Nico van der Meulen Architects’ buildings is the emphasis placed on sustainability, and because of this, attention is paid to the siting of the buildings to ensure optimal light and sun control.
In contemporary architecture technology, and more importantly the boundaries that technology helps us break through, features predominantly. An important feature is the use of glass, blurring the boundaries between building and nature, especially in mild climates.
A main feature of contemporary architecture is that the buildings are often designed to use materials in their natural state: Be it stone, glass, steel, wood or concrete, as far as possible it is left exposed and not hidden behind other materials used as finishes.
Contemporary architecture often demands to be noticed, it is sometimes even flamboyant like the Shard in central London or its neighbor, the Gherkin – they are the epitome of contemporary architecture.
Contemporary design in architecture is not limited to commercial or industrial buildings such as museums or office buildings: It can and is used when designing and building homes.
This is where contemporary / modern architects like Nico van der Meulen Architects excel; they have found the perfect balance between contemporary and comfort. Many people see contemporary architecture as a genre that is cold and unwelcoming, but this could not be further from the truth. The contemporary homes that Nico van der Meulen and his associates produce become havens of peace and a place to build (pun intended) and raise a family.