I am interested in a possible architecture. In my work I start with form or material that often originates outside architecture. In the conviction that things can always be re-examined and reinterpreted, they can also be seen as architecture. In the same way as someone can see a butterfly or a lake in the ink blots of a Rorschach test. I want to look freely – more or less without a plan – at material gestures and found forms and let them perform as architecture. In this way, architecture emerges by imagining the next step that follows the steps already taken. I want the work to remain interpretable exactly the way it originated.
Anne Holtrop (1977 / Netherlands) started his own practice in 2009. Currently the studios are based in Amsterdam (NL) and Muharraq (BH). In 2015 the first two major buildings, Museum Fort Vechten and the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain, were completed. Recently realized is the Customs House in Manama, operational as the main post office, and the Qaysariya Suq and Green Corner Building in Muharraq. The studio has completed new stores worldwide for Maison Margiela with flagship stores in London, Paris, Osaka and Shanghai, and is currently working on several Unesco listed heritage buildings in Muharraq: Murad Boutique Hotel and Siyadi Pearl Museum and in Riyadh the MiSK Art Institute.
Anne Holtrop is an associate professor at the ETH in Zurich. For his practice he received in 2007 the Charlotte Köhler Prize for Architecture by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation, in 2016 the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize and in 2019 the Aga Khan Award. The 2G monograph series dedicated its 73rd issue to Studio Anne Holtrop in 2016, and in 2020 a new monograph: “Site, Matter, Gesture” by El Croquis is published on the practice and its continuous research.
The work of the studio, as well as the teaching and research outcome are presented and collected internationally in biennales and institutions, recently at the first Sharjah Architecture Triennial, the Seoul Architecture Biennial, Frac Le Plateau and at the Carnegie Museum of Art.