krft is an Amsterdam based studio for architecture, run by Oscar Vos and Thomas Dieben. The studio has a strong focus on the public interior, with projects such as De Appel Arts Centre, De Kleine Komedie and Singer Laren.
krft operates in a reality where the profession of the architect is changing rapidly, shifting its borders and expanding its universe. In this new paradigm, the reality of architecture -space and material - is often becoming secondary to its virtual reality - image and story.
krft takes position and sticks as close as possible to the craft of architectural design, with a mix of new and traditional tools. We do our projects with utmost sensibility for client and context and have a strong push towards realisation, celebrating the beauty of things made, driven by the magic of materials and their constellation.
Oscar Vos (1979) graduated in architecture at the TU Delft in 2005. After working in Germany at Behnisch & Behnisch he moved to Merkx+Girod in Amsterdam in 2005. In 2008, he co-founded denieuwegeneratie, with Sanne Oomen and Thomas Dieben, which evolved into krft in 2015. Next to his studio activities, Oscar is also a board member of the BNA (Dutch board of architects). Oscar is a visiting tutor at the TU Delft and a writer for De Architect.
Thomas Dieben (1980) graduated in architecture at the TU Delft in 2005. After studying at La Villette and working in Paris at Jean Nouvel, he joined Claus & Kaan Amsterdam in 2006. In 2008, he co-founded denieuwegeneratie, with Sanne Oomen and Oscar Vos, which evolved into krft in 2015. Next to the studio, Thomas is a visiting tutor at the TU Delft and the Academy of architecture in Amsterdam.
Our team consists of a group of designers, who share the same spirit of sensitive and sensible architecture. We work in small teams, very close to our clients.
Current and former team members include John Rous, Nono van der Veen, Remko van der Vorm, Alvaro Laanen Baca, Mart-Jan Spaans, Valentina Piras, Oscar de Blanken, Lous Kleingeld, Antonio Nieto, Elise Laurent, Sandra Bjorklin, Farah Agarwal, Jasper Spigt, Kenya Sato, Tamara Ivanovic, Jordy Herfst, Dayanara Franken.
We work for a wide range of clients in the public and private sector. Our current and former clients include: Singer Laren, Theater De Kleine Komedie, De Appel Arts Centre, Frans Hals Museum, De Hallen Haarlem, Kunstlinie Almere, Lingotto, Gemeente Amsterdam, Gemeente Almere and Stichting Vuurtoreneiland.
Krft supports the Circular Manifesto as stated by the BNA (Royal Institute of Dutch Architects) and the governmental ambition Nederland Circulair 2050.
We believe that circular thinking should be an integral and inseperable part of the architectural practice. The rising generation of young architects should take a lead in proclaiming this and take exemplary stand in forms of new practice on this matter.
Finding a focus in the broad practice of circular architecture is a matter of choices to take on many levels - space, material and energy - but also in process - the construction and use of buildings. We use a broad approach to circular thinking, in which matters outside of the realm of the architectural object are considered evenly important.
As an example, see how we approached the design for the Vuurtoreneiland, in which the contextual circumstances of the island are the approach to an self-sustainable masterplan.