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 / NL) graduated cum laude in architecture from the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam in 2005 and is currently based in Amsterdam and Bahrain. His work ranges from models to temporary spaces and buildings. In 2015 the first two major buildings, the National Museum for the New Dutch Waterline and the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain for the Milan Expo 2015, were completed. In 2016, Anne Holtrop co-curated the Bahrain Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennial: Places of Production, Aluminium. The same year Anne Holtrop opened a second studio in Bahrain which is currently working on the design and building of the Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al-Khalifa Museum, the Siyadi Pearl Museum, the Murad Boutique Hotel and the Garden House. Studio Anne Holtrop designed a new retail identity for Maison Margiela in collaboration with its artistic director, John Galliano. The new look was unveiled during the couture show in July 2018. The interiors of four major stores will be completed later this year.
Anne Holtrop was course director of the master Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam from 2012 to 2016, and was editor of the architectural journal Oase from 2005 to 2013. He is currently visiting professor at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio and is appointed professor of architecture and design at the ETH in Zurich, starting in January 2019. For his practice Anne has has been awarded several grants from the Mondrian Fund. In 2007 he received the Charlotte Köhler Prize for Architecture by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation and in 2016 the prestigious Iakov Chernikhov International Prize. 2G magazine dedicated its 73rd issue to Studio Anne Holtrop.