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Erick van Egeraat


Erick van Egeraat

Erick van Egeraat
Born 1956
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died (1956-04-27) 27 April 1956
Nationality Dutch
Awards Media Architecture Award (2014)
RIBA Award (2007)
European Property award (2013)
Practice (designed by) Erick van Egeraat

ING Head Office in Budapest
Drents Museum in Assen
The Rock tower in Amsterdam
Incineration line in Roskilde
Main building and Auditorium, Leipzig University

Corporate University of Sberbank in Moscow

Erick van Egeraat (born 1956) is a Dutch architect and author. He heads the architectural practice based in Rotterdam with offices in Moscow, Budapest and Prague. He is best known for his projects of ING Group Headquarters in Budapest,[1] Drents Museum in Assen, The Rock tower in Amsterdam,[2] Incineration line in Roskilde,[3] Main building and Auditorium in Leipzig University[4] and the Corporate University of Sberbank in Moscow.[5] He is the winner of RIBA Award 2007,[6] Best Building Award 2011&2012[7] and European Property Award 2013.


  • Early career 1
  • Later career 2
  • Writings and design philosophy 3
  • Selected projects 4
  • Awards and recognition 5
  • Publications 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early career

Erick van Egeraat graduated from the Delft University of Technology, Department of Architecture. During his last year in the university, after winning the competition to design flexible youth housing at Kruisplein, Rotterdam he co-founded Mecanoo with Henk Döll, Francine Houben, Roelf Steenhuis and Chris de Weijer.[8] The early years of Mecanoo were characterized by projects which challenged the norms of urban renewal and social housing.[9] Notable projects include Housing Kruisplein, Rotterdam (1980-1985), Bilderberg Parkhotel, Rotterdam (1990-1992), House 13 at the IGA Stuttgart 1993 (1990-1993), Faculty of Economics and Management, Utrecht (1991-1995) and the Library at Delft University of Technology (1992-1998).

Later career

In 1995 Erick van Egeraat left

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  • A selection of projects on
  • The projects’ info on My Modern Architecture
  • Profile in Phaidon Atlas
  • Interview about working in Russia

External links

  1. ^ a b c "Erick van Egeraat provides a shot of architectural adrenaline". Architectural Record. January 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "Erick van Egeraat Office Tower". Scene. 16 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Erick’s van Egeraat Beacon Roskilde Incineration line". Designboom. 8 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Aula Leipzig University". E-Architect. 4 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Like pearls on a string". Mapolis. 12 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Erick van Egeraat wins RIBA and Renaissance awards". Europe-re. 29 May 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "Designed by Erick van Egeraat wins a Russian Best Building Award 2011". Archined. 20 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l 200510 yearsJodidio, P. & Egeraat, E. van. , p. 6.
  9. ^ Egeraat, E. van & Sudjic D. Six ideas about architecture. Birkhäuser: Basel, 1997, p.9
  10. ^ "ING Bank/van Egeraat Budapest". Financial Times. 17 September 2004. 
  11. ^ a b "Going Dutch". Archiseek. 10 December 2000. 
  12. ^ a b "Popstage in Dutch city of Breda by Erick van Egeraat". Infoteli. 11 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Mauritskade apartment building". Phaidon Atlas. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Mima Middlesbrough Institute Of Modern Art". Europaconcorsi. 2 April 2007. 
  15. ^ "Erick van Egeraat designs a door handle for Post en Eger". Dexigner. 16 March 2008. 
  16. ^ "Architecture". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Embassy in the garden". Polen voor Nederlanders. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Fantasy Island". St. Petersburg Times. 17 February 2006. 
  19. ^ a b 19976 ideasEgeraat, E. van. & Sudjic D. , p. 15.
  20. ^ Jodidio, P. "Architecture:Art". Prestel Verlag, Munich, Berlin, London, New York, 2005, pp. 224
  21. ^ a b "A chasm between projects and buildings". Russia beyond the headlines. 25 October 2011. 
  22. ^ 2005Architecture:ArtJodidio, P. , p. 224.
  23. ^ "Island Paradise". Passport magazine. August 2008. 
  24. ^ Egeraat, E. van. "Capital City Moscow". Book Industry Services, 2005, pp. 590, ISBN 9063691173
  25. ^ a b "Vershina Trade and Entertainment Centre". Architect. 2 April 2012. 
  26. ^ "The Comeback Kid". The Moscow Times. 1 November 2007. 
  27. ^ a b "Green roofs are changing architecture". Tree hugger. 6 June 2012. 
  28. ^ a b "Erasmus University College in Rotterdam". Stealmag. 12 July 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "A very clever move". World Architecture News. 21 October 2011. 
  30. ^ a b "Europe’s tallest building in Russia designed by Dutch-architect Erick van Egeraat". PR Newswire. 17 November 2012. 
  31. ^ "A multifunctional redevelopment readies Russian for its future World Cup bid". 7 July 2010. 
  32. ^ "Red October with the Dutch stuffing". Rus News Journal. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  33. ^ "Saudi city goes underground to avert vehicular traffic". Green Prophet. 6 August 2014. 
  34. ^ Egeraat, E. van & Sudjic D. Six ideas about architecture. Birkhäuser: Basel, 1997, ISBN 3764356391
  35. ^ Rand, A. The Fountainhead. Penguine Group (USA), 1994, e-ISBN 978-1-101-13718-5, p.32
  36. ^ Egeraat, E. van. Life without beauty. Tatlin publishers: Ekaterinburg, 2011, p. 155
  37. ^ Architecture Today”[1], 2 November 1995
  38. ^ DETAIL”[2], July 1999
  39. ^ "Extension Inholland University by Erick Van Egeraat Reaches Highest Point". Dexigner. 14 June 2007. 
  40. ^ "Villa Bianca Uphill Upscale". Prague Post. 18 September 2002. 
  41. ^ 2005Capital City MoscowEgeraat, E. van. .
  42. ^ "Budapest buildings, Hungary, Erick van Egeraat". E-Architect. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  43. ^ "Office building in Zilverparkkade Lelystad". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  44. ^ "Metzo College". Phaidon Atlas. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  45. ^ "Erick van Egeraat completes municipal theatre Haarlem". Theatre Architecture. 1 December 2008. 
  46. ^ "Milanofiori North, Milan". E-Architect. 23 May 2007. 
  47. ^ "What is River Park?". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  48. ^ "Client moves into private residence". 22 April 2010. 
  49. ^ "Van Egeraat’s Lyon Monolith opens". 15 October 2010. 
  50. ^ "Sumatrakontor by Erick van Egeraat". Dezeen. 20 January 2012. 
  51. ^ "Bay Mansion". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  52. ^ "Columbuskwartier Almere". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  53. ^ "World's best media architecture awarded". Media Architecture. 21 November 2014. 
  54. ^ "Moscow Mercury Tower wins Best High Rise Award". Media Architecture. 14 October 2013. 
  55. ^ "You are looking good; Art Gallery and Square win design award". Evening Gazette. 10 December 2009. 
  56. ^ "Erick van Egeraat received Italian Us Award". Archined. 9 February 2010. 
  57. ^ "Erick van Egeraat’s new projects and awards in the UK, France and Hungary". Europe-re. 5 January 2007. 
  58. ^ "EEA: new projects and awards". HH. 5 January 2007. 
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Nederlands WorldHeritage.


  • Egeraat, E. van. Life without beauty. Tatlin publishers: Ekaterinburg, 2011. ISBN 978-5-903433-59-9.
  • Leeuwen, K. van & Wagt, W. De. Het Geschenk: Stadsschouwburg Haarlem 1918 – 2009. HDC Media: Haarlem, 2009.
  • Egeraat, E. van. From making buildings to offering solace to the city. EEA Erick van Egeraat associate architects: Rotterdam, 2008.
  • Jodidio, P. & Egeraat, E. Van. 10 years Erick van Egeraat: realized works. The Images Publishing Group: Australia, 2005. ISBN 1-86470-131-5.
  • Egeraat, E. van. Redefining Budapest, Offices for a new era. Pauker Nyomda, 2005.
  • Sudjic D., D. & Egeraat, E. Van. For Russia with love. Aedes: Berlin, 2003.
  • Lammers, M., Spangenberg W., Houweling W.J. Ichthus Hogeschool Rotterdam, een gedurfd project. Bouwen aan Zuid-Holland: pp. 11–17, 2000.
  • Sudjic D., & Egeraat, E. van. Cool Medium Hot. Aedes: Berlin, 1997.
  • Egeraat, E. van & Sudjic D. Six ideas about architecture. Birkhäuser: Basel, 1997. ISBN 3764356391.
  • Egeraat, E. van & Lammers, M. The Andrassy Project. Delft, 1994.
  • Feddes, F., Egeraat, E. van, Houben, F. Ruimte voor Ruimte. Groningen, 1990.
  • Egeraat, E. van & Houben, F. De Hillekop, op zoek naar een poëtische relatie met de haven. Rotterdam Stedebouwkundige ontwerpen: pp. 54–62, 1988.
  • Döll, H. & Egeraat, E. Van (ed.) Woningbouw Kruisplein. Anders wonen in Rotterdam. Academia: Delft, 1985.


Erick van Egeraat is the professor of the International Academy of Architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria. He travels the world not only to work on his projects, but also to give lectures, workshops and master classes.

Awards and recognition

Selected projects

His most recent book "Life without beauty" elaborates on importance of beauty in architecture which in 20 century lost a battle to budget: “In Holland, the budget was the only subject. Many architects didn’t like the word “beauty”.[8] He claims that ultimate measure for society or human being is not ability to make money, but its achievements and the beauty it has produced.[36]

His later book 10 years Erick van Egeraat: realized works co-authored by Philip Jodidio, presents a comprehensive sweep of his oeuvre of the period 1995-2005, from the first post-Mecanoo years when he was trying to make a difference convinced that the future proof architecture needs to show "more than bare essentials".[8] to the full architectural maturity, both loyal to long-established standards of beauty and decidedly contemporary: “I believe that all architecture of historic significance was modern at the time it was built, emerging from its time and culture.”[8]

Erick van Egeraat authored several books. In Six ideas about architecture written in collaboration with Deyan Sudjic[34] he takes us to the world of a person who, just like the hero of The Fountainhead “loves this earth, but doesn’t like the shape of things on this earth and wants to change them.”[35] His definition of sustainable architecture marries beauty with quality: "We need to reintroduce architecture which once again captivates us. Beauty, strength and a focus on qualitative materials are essential elements from which a truly sustainable architecture can emerge.[19]

Writings and design philosophy

Portfolio of Erick van Egeraat includes over 100 projects in more than 10 countries, including the Middle East where he created the master-plan for the city center of Unaizah (2014).[33]

In 2009 Erick van Egeraat restructured his company into (designed by) Erick van Egeraat with offices in Rotterdam, Moscow, Budapest and Prague. Despite the world crisis, his focus on complexity and quality steadily grew. In Europe he completed the projects of Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands (2008-2011),[27] Incineration Line in Roskilde, Denmark (2008-2013),[3] Main building and Auditorium in Leipzig University, Germany (2004-2015)[4] and Erasmus University College in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2012-2014).[28] In Russia he built Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk (2008-2010),[29] Corporate University of Sberbank in Moscow region (2010-2013)[5] and completed Mercury City Tower in Moscow (2011-2013).[30] His interest in working in historical context is manifest in his high-profile design of the new Dynamo stadium (winner of the competition, 2010)[31] and master-planning, design and consultancy works for development of the territory of the former Red October chocolate factory (since 2007).[32]

In 2000s Erick van Egeraat started to work actively in Russia.[8] The thrill of work in a new architectural environment made him design his "most spectacular, pure architecture project"[20] Russian Avant-Garde in Moscow (2001)[21] which made him "one of the most flamboyant architects in the Netherlands", according to the critics.[22] Russian Avant-Garde and Federation Island in Sochi (2007)[23] caused a stir and started a public discourse, but did not reach the stage of realization.[21] The others were successfully built, among them: Capital City in Moscow (2002-2010)[24] and Trade and Entertainment Center Vershina[25] in Surgut (2005-2010).[26]

This period was marked by a greater diversity of work, from product design (door handle Erick, 2008)[15] to master-planning (Oosterdokseiland in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (1998-2001)[16] and increasing focus on Central and Eastern Europe where he built the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw, Poland (1999-2004),[17] ING Group Headquarters in Budapest, Hungary (1999-2004),[1] Hotel Kempinski in Bratislava, Slovakia (2004-2008) and other projects. Erick van Egeraat was particularly interested to work in historical context, as shown in his projects of Liget Center (2000-2002)[8] and Deak Palace (2003-2004) in Budapest, Hungary[8] as well as master-plan of New Holland Island in Saint Petersburg, Russia (competition 2006).[18] Working with historical buildings or in historical ambience, he aimed for “continuity and memory rather than rupture and rejection”.[19]

[6].RIBA award for which the architect received the [14] (2007)England, Visual Art Center in Middlesbrough and [8] (1997-2002)Netherlands, the Alphen aan den Rijn in City Hall [13] (1996-2002),Netherlands, the Amsterdam (1996-2002), Mauritskade building in Netherlands the [12],Breda Pop-stage Mezz in [11] (1996-2000),Ireland, Cork in Municipal Art Gallery The new vision found its articulation in a variety of projects, such as [8]

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