Studio Anne Holtrop

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Architect and artist Anne Holtrop was born in 1977 in Tiel, the Netherlands. He studied at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, graduating cum laude with a Master’s degree in 2005. In 2009, he opened his practice, Studio Anne Holtrop, in Amsterdam. Holtrop’s work ranges from models and design objects to temporary spaces and buildings, on which he occasionally collaborates with artists such as Krijn de Koning and Bas Princen. His work is often inspired by preexisting spaces, materials, and shapes; as Holtrop notes, “I want to look freely—more or less without a plan—at material gestures and found forms and let them perform as architecture.”

Notable projects include Trail House (2010), which is set in a field in the planned municipality of Almere, the Netherlands and was designed to mirror the curvature of previously existing trails in the landscape; and, in 2014, a collection of desks and shelving inspired by the stone collection of French philosopher and sociologist Roger Caillois, consisting of marble-painted rock fragments that champion the aesthetic value of the organic. At the time of writing, Holtrop is working on the Expo Pavilion for the Kingdom of Bahrain, which will debut at the Expo Milano 2015.

Holtrop was artist-in-residence at the Tokyo Wonder Site in 2009; the Gyeonggi Creation Center in 2010 (Seoul, Korea); and at Leth & Gori in Copenhagen in 2012. His work has been included in several exhibitions worldwide, and he has contributed to numerous architectural publications. Holtrop has been awarded multiple grants from Fonds BKVB, and he received the Charlotte Köhler Prize for Architecture from the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation in 2007. Additionally, between 2005 and 2013, he was editor of the architectural journal OASE. Since 2012, he has served as the course director of the Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.