Cie. originated from the Frans van Gool agency, established in 1957. Architekten Cie. arose from this agency in 1988. This was continued in 2013 with Cie. as the umbrella brand for Architekten Cie., Cie. Assist and Cie. International. Cie. is an abbreviation of Compagnie, which indicates that knowledge and expertise within the agency are not connected to persons, but form a continuum.
Frans van Gool
Frans van Gool (1922) is characterised by his sober and contemporary but powerful architectural signature. He worked on the well-known Lijnbaanproject in Rotterdam while employed by Brinkman en van den Broek architecture agency. He also worked for a short time for the municipal housing service. In 1957 Van Gool started an independent agency, together with A.N. Oyevaar and H.W.C. Stolle. Later, this became Oyevaar Van Gool De Bruijn Architecten. He was appointed Chief Government Architect in 1986.
Important projects include: the Zilveren Toren office building in The Hague (1958); ‘Het Breed’ residential building in Amsterdam North (1966-1969); HEMA department stores in Gouda (1972) and Delft (1973-1975); the Bijenkorf multi-storey car park (1977-1980) in Amsterdam and two office villas (1980) opposite Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Carel Weeber (1937), professor, rationalist architect and provocateur. He was professor at the Delft University of Technology’s architecture faculty from 1973 to 2000. As a university teacher he turned out be a fierce advocate of rationalism, in response to structuralism in architecture and the ‘new drabness’. In the 1990s Weeber drew attention to himself once more, now as a champion of the ‘wilde wonen’ concept. Carel Weeber was a partner in Architekten Cie. from 1988 to 1998.
Important projects include: the Dutch Pavilion at the Osaka World Exhibition (1970); the Peperklip residential building (1979-1982) in Rotterdam; the Zwarte Madonna residential building (1985) in The Hague; De Schie penitentiary institution (1989) in Rotterdam. With his designs Weeber won such awards as the Prix de Rome (1966), the Betonprijs (1983), the Sikkensprijs (1983), the Nationale Staalprijs (1986) and the Maaskantprijs (2006).
Jan Dirk Peereboom Voller
The architecture of Jan Dirk Peereboom Voller (1942) is characterised by his modest pragmatism. After working as a scientist at Eindhoven University of Technology and contributor to the Wonen-TABK journal, he became architect at the Government Buildings Agency and served several years as the interim Chief Government Architect. Jan Dirk Peereboom Voller was a partner in Architekten Cie. from 1988 to 2003.
Important projects included: the Palace van Justice in Arnhem (1991), the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (1994), the Alexandrium shopping centre in Rotterdam (1997); Water homes (1998); Gewild Wonen in Almere (2001) and a Traffic Control Centre in Wolfheze (2000). In 2002, Jan Dirk Peereboom Voller left Cie. and furthered his career as a film maker.
Frits van Dongen
The architecture of Frits van Dongen (1946) is characterised by its strong urban identity. He is renowned for his substantial residential building portfolio and won the BNA Cube for his extensive theatre portfolio in 2006. Frits van Dongen was a partner in Architekten Cie. from 1988 to 2012. In 2012 he continued his activities in Van Dongen-Koschuch agency. He was appointed as Chief Government Architect in 2011.
Well-known works include: the Landtong residential complex on the Kop van Zuid in Rotterdam; The Whale residential complex in Amsterdam (2000); the former head office of Cap Gemini in Utrecht (2003) and Spazio in Zoetermeer (2006). Well-known cultural buildings include: the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (2008); De Harmonie theatre in Leeuwarden (1994); Pathé Arena cinema (2001); Heineken Music Hall (2001) and the Philharmonie concert hall in Haarlem (2006).