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Together for a New Earth
Our mission is to bring hope and awareness through architectural interventions all around the world
Design + Construct
Who is ONE?
Office for the New Earth is a Design & Construct practice, based in the Netherlands. Acting from a non-profit basis, we focus on architectural interventions in public spaces and buildings. The last couple of years, we have been realizing smaller projects for refugees on Lesvos and Chios, Greece. Back in the Netherlands we have started a mission on expanding the collective awareness.
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Library | Lesvos
Duration: 3 weeks | Responsible for the funding and execution of: Design; Painting; Carpentry; Decoration
Renovation and transformation of a library space. We worked together with the Greek NGO Metadrasi that is running the school meant for unaccompanied minors from the refugee camps on Lesvos. The room features sitting spaces, new designed book selves, and fresh bright colours.
Classroom | Chios
Duration: 6 weeks |
Responsible for the funding and execution of: Design; Structure; Carpentry; Furniture; Decoration
Design and Construct of a multifunctional outdoor classroom on the Greek island of Chios. We worked together with the Greek NGO Metadrasi that is running the school next to the refugee camp. The iconic design creates a strong contrast with the surrounding buildings. The roof and façade provide plenty of shade, the indoor space with natural materials and plants a pleasant ambiance, and the multifunctional nature offers a wide range of play and educative activities.
The Nest | Lesvos
Duration: 3 weeks |
Responsible for:the funding and execution of: Design; Flooring; Structure; Carpentry
Renovation and construction of the Nest. This is an educational space for small children to play and learn in a save environment. It is run by the Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles, whom we have closely colllaborated with on the renovation. While we focused on the loft structure, they took responsibility for the wall and ceiling renovation and the beautiful furniture and decoration. Together we have come to a proud result.
Our call for change
TheCircle is the activistic branch of ONE, which is currently still under construction. It will be a platform for intervening in the design and construction area through the means of blogposts, signs and meetings. We hope hereby not only to inspire architecturally but also to stir up the debate that is so much needed in these sectors. Departing from a non-profit basis, we will secure a perspective for a resilient future, without the need for compromise with the current industrial standards.
Office for the New Earth (ONE) is a Design & Construct practice, based in Delft, the Netherlands. It is founded in May, 2020 by Michaël Vrijhof (architectural designer) and Niels Hofstee (Civil engineer), elaborating on several independently realized projects in 2018 and 2019 on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios. Acting from the same non-profit basis, the past projects and current projects are now covered by the ONE foundation.