About Koen van Velsen
Koen van Velsen (1952) founded his own company in 1977. His work comprises a broad range of disciplines ranging from architecture to interior design, master-plans and landscape architecture. The size and complexity varies from small-scale projects to large public buildings in complex urban or landscape environments. Completed projects in the Netherlands include the multiplex cinema on Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam, the municipal office building and public space in Terneuzen, the University Museum Utrecht, the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam, the Dutch Media Authority office building in Hilversum, the Kennispoort office building and conference centre in Eindhoven and the Groot Klimmendaal rehabilitation centre in Arnhem.
Van Velsen has received a number of awards for his work, such as the Mart Stam Prize awarded by the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Rietveld Award for the University Museum in Utrecht. In 2002 van Velsen received the BNA Cube from the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects for his oeuvre as a whole. Koen van Velsen was nominated for the 2003 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award for the Dutch Media Authority office building and was a finalist in 2011 for his Groot Klimmendaal rehabilitation centre in Arnhem. In 2010, the rehabilitation centre was also selected as Building of the Year 2010 by the BNA and the winner of the Dutch Design Award Public Award and of the first Hedy d’Ancona Prize.
In 2007 a retrospective of his work was held in Museum Hilversum in the Netherlands. His latest monograph 'Zestien Projecten' (Sixteen Projects) was published in the same year.
Koen van Velsen's current projects include the new train and bus terminal in Breda, an ongoing project, which in addition to the public transport functions, also includes an extensive complex of apartments, offices, commercial space and parking facilities.