Dutch Profiles: Soeters Van Eldonk Architects

Sjoerd Soeters, from Soeters Van Eldonk Architects, is an architect and urban planner. Many large-scale urban projects have been developed under his supervision. Projects like the Java Island in Amsterdam and Haverleij, a complex of nine castles in Den Bosch.

Critics describe Soeters' designs as populist, a notion that Soeters doesn't contradict. He prefers to build for the general public rather than for his peers. This design mentality, and his continuous revolt against modernism, have earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible of the Dutch architecture world.

Soeters was asked to design a new city centre for Zaanstad, a town near Amsterdam. For this assignment he sought inspiration in the local Zaanstad architectural vernacular.

Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries focusing on the conceptual and research based background of well-known icons of Dutch design.

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