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Space Encounters
Office for Architecture

Haarlemmerweg 315A
1051 LG Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 2044598
i.n.a. +31 (0)6 44602071

About Space Encounters

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.

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 the brothers Gijs Baks and Joost Baks and an international team of young architects.

Current team members are Justin Agyin (NL), Han Harleman (NL), Hye-mi Lee (KR), Rolf van der Leeuw (NL), Nanette Sarpong (NL), Robbe Vandewyngaerde (BE), Jordy Vos (NL), Yiming Yang (CN), Patricia Yus (ES) and Wen Zhang (CN).

We believe in the continuous growth of knowledge and experience. After having worked with us, some former team members started their own successful office.

Daniël Ankoné (NL), Iñigo Berriozabal Armesto (ES), Roxana Aron (RO), Cristina Asla (ES), Esther Bentvelsen (NL), Raquelle Bergsma (NL), David van der Blonk (NL), Menno Brouwer (NL), Carlos Callejo (ES), Tsz Ho Chau (HK), Alberto Doncato (IT), Mahla Ebrahimpour (IR), Eric Goldhoorn (NL), Daan van Gool (NL), Lars Goossens (NL), Isabella Del Grandi (IT), Bram van den Heuvel (NL), Jonathan Hibma (NL), Isai Hoogeveen (NL), Dobritsa Ivanova (RU), Clara Jansen (NL), Katarina Labathova (SK), Vincent van Leeuwen (NL), Ana Lima (PT), Damien Loch (GBR), Martina Lucchese (IT), Rick Mouwen (NL), Anna Paluch (PL), Anthea Pappà (IT), Marius van de Pol (NL), Agata Popieluch (PL), Diede Ramakers (BE), Job van der Sande (NL), Naomi Cheung San (NL), Ines van Sandick (NL), Margarida Konig dos Santos (PT), Matilde Scali (IT), Antione Servigne (F), Riccardo Sforzi (IT), Anna Sitnikova (RU), Arnoud Stavenuiter (NL), Piotr Michal Szczesniak (PL), Vera Tamburlin (IT), Giulia Tomaselli (IT), Maria Tsilogianni (GR), Maria Vankova (SK), Vadim Varnerot (F), Anke Verhees (NL), Leon Verhoeven (NL), Remi Versteeg (NL), Puck Vogelpoel (NL), Stijn de Weerd (NL), Sarah el Yousefy (BE), Andy Yu (AU) and Jelmer van Zelm (NL).


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.


We are always looking for talented people to join our multidisciplinary team. Space Encounters is about fostering bright and driven minds. Our works are solid and challenge the status quo of architecture. Creativity is at the heart of it all, from what we do to how we do it. The office is a dynamic and nurturing environment: a place to grow and to become part of something bigger. Do you think that you would make a great addition to our team? Apply now.

We are currently looking for:

Experienced technical architect (M/F) with 3-5 years of experience with high-profile projects for leading clients. Extensive knowledge of the Dutch language and the Dutch building regulations is required. Passion for details and materialisation a must.


Being Development
De Berg Real Estate
Dutch Chamber of Commerce
Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency
Edwin Oostmeijer projectontwikkeling
ERA Contour
Flow Real Estate
G&S Vastgoed
Milk Design
Nexus Real Estate
New Cheese Development
Peak Development
Ping Properties
Sid Lee
Scandinavian Hospitality Management
Sony Music Entertainment
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 wint 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 regularly teaching and lecturing at TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture, the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam and in Amsterdam and the 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.

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Awards and Nominations

2018 CPO Apartments Zaaiersweg nominated Amsterdamse Nieuwbouwprijs
2018 Space Encounters wins Frame Award Emerging Designer of the Year
2018 Joolz office nominated RIBA International Prize
2017 Sony Music Entertainment office wins ARC17 Interior Award
2017 Joolz office wins The International Architecture Award
2017 Joolz office nominated Geurt Brinkgreve Bokaal
2017 CPO Apartments Zaaiersweg nominated Geurt Brinkgreve Bokaal
2017 Joolz office wins BNA Building of the Year (Stimulating Environments)
2017 Space Encounters winner Next Step Award
2016 Joolz office nominated ARC16 Interior
2016 Boring Collection finalist Dutch Design Awards
2016 Boring Collection wins Milan Design Award
2014 Rebel House first prize Best Architecture Almere


2017 Sloterdijk N3 Competition, Amsterdam, first prize
2016 NCG office, Groningen, first prize
2016 Joolz office, Amsterdam, first prize
2015 ClinkNOORD, Amsterdam, first prize
2014 Zaaiersweg apartments, Amsterdam, first prize
2014 Sid Lee office, Amsterdam, first prize

Press Inquiries

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Photography, website and graphic design

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

Partner photo by Milan Hofmans; Boring Collection by Lernert & Sander; TRANSITO by Tintori Giacomo; Platform Office, TEX House by Lorenzo Zandri; VERTICAL Amsterdam by Mick Madder; Gezondheidscentrum Buiksloterham, Joolz office, SONY Music Entertainment A’DAM Tower, Designplus Pavilion and GMK5 office by Peter Tijhuis; Sid Lee office, Joolz office, NCG office and White Label Coffee by Jordi Huisman; Joolz office by Charlotte Odijk; ClinkNOORD by Wouter van der Sar; REBEL House, SH House, V House, JM House and Dames Dietz by Yvonne Brandwijk.

Graphic design by Sanne Beeren.

Special thanks to Edwin.

Algemene Voorwaarden Al onze werkzaamheden worden uitsluitend uitgevoerd onder toepasselijkheid van De Nieuwe Regeling 2011 Rechtsverhouding opdrachtgever – architect, ingenieur en adviseur (DNR 2011), eerste herziening juli 2013, zoals deze is gedeponeerd ter griffie van de rechtbank te Amsterdam onder nummer 56/2013.