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Space Encounters
Office for Architecture

Valschermkade 29
1059 CD Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 2044598

Gijs Baks
+31 (0)6 44602071

About Space Encounters

It’s not so much beauty we’re after, but liberty.

Space Encounters liberates itself from the dogma of strict functionalities and researches old and new forms of space and material, free from self inflicted burdens. We do not pretend that architecture provides solutions but acknowledges that good architecture is relevant. Serendipity is crucial in our research.

The constant search for innovation and different perspectives is expressed in both the practice of modern technology and the revaluation of old techniques and analogue methods. Any obtained commission or taken initiative is an inducement to create an applied artwork. All our projects are teamwork.

Partners & Team

Space Encounters are Gijs BaksStijn de WeerdJoost BaksRemi Versteeg (from left to right) and an international team of architects and designers.

Current team are Daniël Ankoné, Esther Bentvelsen, Carlos Callejo, Daan van Gool, Bram van den Heuvel, Isai Hoogeveen, Clara Jansen, Vincent van Leeuwen, Diede Ramakers, Giulia Tomaselli and Jordy Vos.

Former team were Roxana Aron, Alberto Doncato, Eric Goldhorn, Lars Goossens, Jonathan Hibma, Dobritza Ivanova, Rick Mouwen, Ana Lima, Martina Lucchese, Anna Paluch, Job van der Sande, Naomi Cheung San, Ines van Sandick, Margarida Konig dos Santos, Piotr Michal Szczesniak, Katarina Labathova, Maria Vankova, Anke Verhees, Sarah el Yousefy and Andy Yu.



Dutch Chamber of Commerce
Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency
Edwin Oostmeijer projectontwikkeling
ERA Contour
G&S Vastgoed
Nexus Real Estate
New Cheese Development
Peak Development
Ping Properties
Sid Lee
Scandinavian Hospitality Management
The Student Hotel
TU Delft, Department of Architecture
Vastint Netherlands

Selected Publications

2017 April
Jaarboek Architectuur in Nederland 2016/2017
2017 April
Volkskrant Space Encounters win Next Step Award
2017 February
Architectenweb Gezondheidscentrum is helder baken
2017 February
Designboom Mellow Yellow Healthcare Centre
2016 November
Archdaily JOOLZ
2016 October
Dezeen Space Encounters converts Amsterdam factory into greenhouse-filled offices
2016 April/May/June
Various off- and online publications for Boring Collection
2014 Sept/Oct
Frame Magazine Speed Building
2014 January
Volkskrant Delicaat doosje
2014 January
Dezeen Rebel House reflects surrounding colours


Space Encounters is and has been teaching and lecturing at TU Delft, Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK).

The Booger Project, supported by KABK and curated by Space Encounters, was joined by Štěpán Smetana, Marta Sigríður, Juliette Groenendaal, Jungmin Lee, Yuri Choi, Iris Erkelens, 叶政达, Allegra Santis, Fabienne van Steensel, Rick Mouwen, Nanneke Boomgaard, Arjen Witteveen, Anna Groet, Hyunwoo Koo, Anna Sitnikova, Domi Czajak, Daniel Kuiper, Ashton Yangwook Kang, Irene Wu and Dominika Wardzińska.


Notable Projects/Awards

2017 JOOLZ nominated for Building of the Year 2017
2016/2017 Space Encounters wins Next Step Award 2017
2016 JOOLZ nominated for Arc Awards 2016
2016 Boring Collection has been shortlisted as finalist for the Dutch Design Awards 2016
2016 Boring Collection wins Milan Design Award 2016
2016 NCG Headquarters, Groningen, first prize invited competition
2016 Zaaiersweg apartments, Amsterdam, first prize open competition
2016 Joolz Headquarters, Amsterdam, first prize invited competition
2015 Dutch Chamber of Commerce Headquarters, Utrecht
2015 ClinkNOORD, Amsterdam, first prize invited competition
2014 Sid Lee, Amsterdam, first prize invited competition
2014 Rebel House, Almere, first prize Best Architecture 2014


Space Encounters accepts interns from (international) Architectural Schools for internships with a minimum duration of 6 months. Excellent knowlegde of Autocad, Adobe CS, strong modelmaking skills and a talent for design are required. Fluency in Dutch and rendering skills are a plus. Please send your portfolio and CV to

Due to the large number of requests we are not able to respond to everyone personally.

Press Inquiries

For press kits, high resolution material or other inquiries, please email to info

Photography, website and graphic design

Space Encounters works together with various photographers, artists and designers.

Partner photo by Milan Hofman; Photo around model by Dick Kikstra; Boring Collection by Lernert & Sander; Gezondheidscentrum Buiksloterham by Peter Tijhuis; Sid Lee HQ, OHPL House, Joolz HQ, Interior Governmental Institute and White Label Coffee by Jordi Huisman; Joolz HQ by Charlotte Odijk; Grenswerk by Allard van der Hoek, ClinkNOORD and Courtyard Marriott by Wouter van der Sar; REBEL House, SH House, V House, JM House and Dames Dietz by Vonne Brandwijk.

The website has been developed and built by De Heren van Design. Special thanks to Ritchy and Michael.

Special thanks to Edwin Oostmeijer.