Bierman Henket architecten specialises in designing buildings that are ingeniously embedded in the existing urban fabric and the surrounding landscape. In addition to designing new-build properties, the restoration, renovation and transformation of existing buildings accounts for a significant share of the work. The bureau's architecture is clear, spacious and functional. The designs are meticulously elaborated down to the minutest detail.
The bureau creates space for social interaction. Bierman Henket architecten has considerable experience in working with various target groups and complex programmes. Intensive collaboration with client and user is of prime importance in the creation of an environment in which everyone feels comfortable and functions optimally.
Bierman Henket architecten designs flexible buildings that can be adapted in the future and this is crucial because functional and technical requirements are changing at an increasingly fast rate. Existing buildings will be more frequently allocated a temporary function: usage cycles are shortened in order to extend the total life span of a building. Temporary usage requires strategic thinking and the minimum development of spatial and architectural interventions.
The bureau has wide experience in the design of interiors: both in the high-grade design of public space and the redesign of existing buildings. Given the increasing demand for temporary building infills, the focus will fall more and more frequently on the interior of a building rather than on the exterior.
Bierman Henket architecten leads the field in the development of energy-neutral building concepts, in the optimum application of daylight and sunlight and in the use of alternative sources of energy. The bureau uses as many sustainable materials as possible and aspires to technological simplicity. The choice of materials and products is determined by comprehensive insight into the complex puzzle of energy consumption during production, and the replaceability and maintenance requirements of the raw materials.
The designers at Bierman Henket do not pose as one-sided, aesthetic designers or consultants, but as integral-thinking designers of space, a source of inspiration and motivation in the construction process. The bureau examines the entire breadth[spectrum?] of the building process. It functions as coordinator between all the consultants, controls the construction technology down to the smallest detail and has a thorough knowledge of the latest developments in the profession.
Bierman Henket architecten carries out research in the fields of construction engineering, cultural history and feasibility. In addition, the bureau provides independent consultancy in these fields and acts as project manager and supervisor.
By broadening the domain of architecture the bureau is ready for a future in which the construction process, and the role of the architect in that process, has a strong strategic and dynamic character.