We are OZ. We take pride in our craftsmanship and work from an investigative down-to-earth attitude. Without preconceived ideas we create modern architecture that embraces the complexity of life and enriches its environment.

Urban nomads can live anywhere, but most of us want to live somewhere. This is why we design contemporary buildings with a strong character, that not only react to their context but shape it. We search to understand the qualities of a location and we cherish its historical traces to generate designs that add to its unique character. In this way we shape identity and create a somewhere for the growing number of urbanites.

OZ designs for life in the city, transforming areas into new places to live. We combine programs to create synergy. Social interaction is essential in our architecture. We make spaces for people to meet, places to relax and work. We believe that it is our job as architects to create those spaces, public or collective, in and around our buildings, wherever possible.

If we don’t want to succumb into endless sprawl, traffic jams and pollution, we must embrace density. For us, densifying cities creates a very interesting challenge. Because of its complexity, density creates new solutions, new opportunities, new cultures, new communities, new art, new music and new architecture. Sprawl is boring, density is exciting.

On the path towards designing Paris Proof buildings, we believe, the large dependence on technical installations will become counter effective. We want to make projects thoroughly sustainable and also feasible. We embrace the idea of buildings without mechanical heating or ventilation, exchanging technical hardware for software, using bio based materials and so reducing the carbon footprint of our designs not because we are idealists but because we are realists.

To transform parts of our city in new thriving places for people to work and live, we have to look beyond buildings. There can be no good densification of the city without intensifying urban nature in the form of greens and parks for people and green roofs and walls for fauna. As the countryside, in a sense, becomes more mono-functional the city has the potential to enforce natural diversity, to bring people and nature closer together.

Urban nomads can live anywhere, but most of us want to live somewhere. This is why we design contemporary buildings with a strong character, that not only react to their context but shape it. We search to understand the qualities of a location and we cherish its historical traces to generate designs that add to its unique character. In this way we shape identity and create a somewhere for the growing number of urbanites.

OZ designs for life in the city, transforming areas into new places to live. We combine programs to create synergy. Social interaction is essential in our architecture. We make spaces for people to meet, places to relax and work. We believe that it is our job as architects to create those spaces, public or collective, in and around our buildings, wherever possible.

If we don’t want to succumb into endless sprawl, traffic jams and pollution, we must embrace density. For us, densifying cities creates a very interesting challenge. Because of its complexity, density creates new solutions, new opportunities, new cultures, new communities, new art, new music and new architecture. Sprawl is boring, density is exciting.

On the path towards designing Paris Proof buildings, we believe, the large dependence on technical installations will become counter effective. We want to make projects thoroughly sustainable and also feasible. We embrace the idea of buildings without mechanical heating or ventilation, exchanging technical hardware for software, using bio based materials and so reducing the carbon footprint of our designs not because we are idealists but because we are realists.

To transform parts of our city in new thriving places for people to work and live, we have to look beyond buildings. There can be no good densification of the city without intensifying urban nature in the form of greens and parks for people and green roofs and walls for fauna. As the countryside, in a sense, becomes more mono-functional the city has the potential to enforce natural diversity, to bring people and nature closer together.

Urban nomads can live anywhere, but most of us want to live somewhere. This is why we design contemporary buildings with a strong character, that not only react to their context but shape it. We search to understand the qualities of a location and we cherish its historical traces to generate designs that add to its unique character. In this way we shape identity and create a somewhere for the growing number of urbanites.

OZ designs for life in the city, transforming areas into new places to live. We combine programs to create synergy. Social interaction is essential in our architecture. We make spaces for people to meet, places to relax and work. We believe that it is our job as architects to create those spaces, public or collective, in and around our buildings, wherever possible.

If we don’t want to succumb into endless sprawl, traffic jams and pollution, we must embrace density. For us, densifying cities creates a very interesting challenge. Because of its complexity, density creates new solutions, new opportunities, new cultures, new communities, new art, new music and new architecture. Sprawl is boring, density is exciting.

On the path towards designing Paris Proof buildings, we believe, the large dependence on technical installations will become counter effective. We want to make projects thoroughly sustainable and also feasible. We embrace the idea of buildings without mechanical heating or ventilation, exchanging technical hardware for software, using bio based materials and so reducing the carbon footprint of our designs not because we are idealists but because we are realists.

To transform parts of our city in new thriving places for people to work and live, we have to look beyond buildings. There can be no good densification of the city without intensifying urban nature in the form of greens and parks for people and green roofs and walls for fauna. As the countryside, in a sense, becomes more mono-functional the city has the potential to enforce natural diversity, to bring people and nature closer together.

OZ
Pedro de Medinalaan 7a
1086 XK Amsterdam
Postbus 37697
1030 BH Amsterdam
T +31(0) 20 31 41 111
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Team

Leontine Boots

technical designer

John Bosch

architect partner

Philippe Collette

technical designer

Lennart Dorrestijn

technical designer

Martin de Jong

senior architect

Sander Kleijn

senior technical designer

Gijs de Kok

technical designer

Valentijn Kortekaas

graphic designer

Jacko Laan

senior technical designer

Mark Lodder

senior technical designer

Ewald Plas

technical designer

Willem Reitsma

administration

Oresti Sarafopoulos

architect partner

Maarten Verhelst

senior architect

Sylvia Visser

senior technical designer

Joanna Wnuk

interior architect

Wouter Zaaijer

founding partner

Chris Zwiers

architect partner

Koos Zwitser

project manager

Marlies Zwols

business director