van Bergen Kolpa Architecten

Practice mission statement

Jago van Bergen and Evert Kolpa are orientated towards designing and realizing buildings, developing scenarios and doing research. The projects run a gamut of scales: from buildings to interior design, from landscape to process and ecology design. All projects can be identified by strong concepts, based on wide research translated into clear spatial designs.

Focus of the working method is the formation of a balance - a natural equilibrium - between programme, landscape and natural resources. The balance is a dynamic system like a natural scaleless ecology, which can connect different spatial conditions and programs. In this way the seeming contradictions between design brief, technology and context can be used in an inventive and positive way. The spatial translation of these processes generate new typologies for the city, buildings or landscape. This makes the imaginative power of architecture, in an era marked by intensive space utilization and by environmental challenges, of great importance and highly relevant for the future.