Day 320/365 of Steel – Mels Crouwel

Mels Crouwel (Amsterdam, 22 February 1953) is a Dutch architect. He is the son of graphic designer and professor Wim Crouwel. He graduated as a structural engineer from Delft University of Technology in 1978.

Wilo / Benthem Crouwel Architects
Fig 1: Wilo / Benthem Crouwel Architects
Photo: © Jannes Linders

The following year, he founded the firm Benthem Crouwel Architects in Amsterdam with Jan Benthem. After a few projects on the Schiphol grounds, including a bicycle shed, Benthem Crouwel was commissioned to design the master plan for the airport in 1986.

Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
Fig 2: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
Photo: © Jannes Linders

The firm has also designed museums, public buildings and industrial buildings. Some examples include the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam (1999), the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, the Stedelijk Museum (2012) in Amsterdam and the Data Centre AM4 (2017).

The firm also gained great renown for designing a number of large railway stations, including the renovation of Amsterdam Central Station, the Utrecht Public Transport Terminal, Rotterdam Central Station and The Hague Central Station.

The Paleisbrug, 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Fig 1: The Paleisbrug, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Photo: © Jannes Linders

In addition, Benthem Crouwel also designed numerous bridges, such as the Muiderbrug, A1 Amsterdam – Rijnkanaal (2010) and the longest high-speed train bridge at Hollandsch Diep (2006). Benthem Crouwel received several awards, including the National Steel Prize in 2022 for Museum Arnhem.

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