SeARCH - design architecture and interiors, urban design and landscape architecture
Bjarne Mastenbroek founded SeARCH in 2002, and with director, Uda Visser, has been successfully developing a broad portfolio of award winning projects in the Netherlands and abroad. With a team of international architects, designers and staff members, SeARCH is able to design a wide range of commissions.
SeARCH collaborates with different disciplines to experiment and test the results of collective design sessions in order to give an opportunity to innovative, original and unexpected proposals.
SeARCH has extensive experience in the design of cultural buildings and buidlings within complex urban environments and have directed complex multidisciplinary teams internationally in over 10 countries.
SeARCH stands for Stedenbouw en ARCHitectuur (Urban Planning & Architecture). Our projects are conceived as landscapes - the most essential and generous element. Without boundaries, landscapes are endless and open; they connect architecture with the urban, interior with exterior. Through the emphasis on landscapes, SeARCH promotes a high degree of sustainability and environmental awareness within their projects. As Dutch architects, we are well aware of the scarcity of land and believe strongly in using this resource more intelligently in order to give ‘nature’ more space to survive.
Buildings have a responsibility to create networks while working within their boundaries and circumstances. We find that it is within the spaces inbetween where experience is created and this is what uplifts the human spirit.
Regardless of scale, our projects are given the same attention and ‘weight of importance’ from the earliest design. We do not differentiate among architecture, landscape and urban planning, detail and technique; they are all of equal importance. This does not mean a project cannot be limited to one, or to several of these disciplines, but it is important to create smooth and logical transitions among them.
Everyday life inspires us. Our strategy is pragmatic; we assemble information and forms and establish novel relationships between them. The outcome is a collection of highly specific buildings that dovetail with history and function. In our opinion the context, i.e. that which already exists, is a starting point, not an authoritative guidebook. We want to free our architecture from superimposed rules and regularities, making it unpredictable and at the same time self-evident.