Slangen + Koenis Architects (S+K) is an architecture firm that consists of a permanent team of 30 employees, this team contains a healthy mix of experience and young design talent. The company was founded in 1985 and has over 35 years of experience.
Chemistry and innovation
Our special attention goes towards a certain chemistry in the relation with our client. The aspiration is to establish a high degree of trust, in which the client feels free and confident to leave it in the hands of the architect, after which the architect will fully live up to the expectations. It is our strong belief that every good project needs a good and above all involved client, as an architect you can influence this directly. Every project provides, within a certain framework, the opportunity to create architecture as long as your focus as a company is aimed on this aspect. If you are always willing, as a team to familiarize yourself with the required knowledge at the beginning of a process, you can open-mindedly take this challenge head on. It is our vision that this mentality will result in innovative and unique results in each project.
Our goal is to work with enthusiastic clients and users every day. We want to make extraordinary projects for a realistic budget and we want to add something special, something ours, to every single project. The well-balanced process to create a good building in harmony is for us just as important as the building itself.
Through the years S+K has become a specialist in the field of public facilities, swimming pools and sports accommodations in particular. Over time the company has gained detailed knowledge and experience in our field, especially regarding swimming pools, sports centres, fitness centres and leisure- and cultural centres, often as a clustered concept. Our client base consist mostly of municipalities and educational institutions. We are specialised in integrated design and are often commissioned on this basis. In addition to the architectural design we are often also responsible for the structural design, technical installations and acoustics and fire safety. This gives the client the advantage having a single point of contact. The most projects are so called complete assignments and include all stages, from concept design to realisation.
S+K performs all tasks with our own team. 3D-images and models are produced in house and our own project managers are be devoted to the overall coordination and building supervision. We produce all the presentation material that will be provided to the client and we can implement these visualisation methods on behalf of every design process.
Dimension of projects
Our reference projects give a clear image about the differing scales of projects that S+K commonly has in its portfolio. In addition to large scale developments we are also involved in a number medium sized and smaller projects, including renovations and expansions. These projects are often just as challenging and inspiring as the bigger projects, both in design and process.
It is our vision is that the most sustainable building is one in which the “inhabitants” feel great and which adds value to its location. We think that this can be created if the building is:
- welcoming and brings people together
- flexible and has the ability to transform based on the needs of each user;
- responsible in its energy and water consumption;
- materialised using honest materials;
- ages in a charming manner;
- comfortable in its use;
- feels as THEIR building!
It is our greatest ambition to realise this for each of our designs. We all strive for an overall concept in which all these elements reinforce each other. Our love for sustainable materials, smart installation concept and our constant drive to innovate our the force behind this quest. Sustainability in both concept and realization is embedded in the genes of our team!