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Feb 2018, 'Hope to Nope' at The Design Museum

The exhibition 'Hope to Nope' will present the most poignant political graphic iconography from the past decade, created in the wakes of events such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Brexit, and Donald Trump's presidency. For more information about the exhibition, please go to the press release at Dezeen. The exhibition will open at The Design Museum from the 28th of March, and run until the 12th of August. The show is co-curated by the Design Museum's Margaret Cubbage and GraphicDesign&'s Lucienne Roberts and David Shaw, with Rebecca Wright. Exhibition design is by Dyvik Kahlen.

Jan 2018, WIP Show at Royal College of Art

The Work-In-Progress show with our students from ADS5 is open from Thursday 19th to Sunday 21st of January at the Royal College of Art. The work on display is a collection of different ideas and observations driven by an intuitive process that explores domesticity and form.

Nov 2017, 'From Life' exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

'A relentlessly provocative show'... open until 11th of March at The Royal Academy of Arts. Graphic Design by Kellenberger White, Exhibition Design by Dyvik Kahlen.

Nov 2017, 'Postkarten aus London' has been published in Hiatus, Birkhäuser

We have contributed with an essay called 'Postcards from London' in the new Hiatus book published by Birkhauser. The book is a collection of essays, reportages and interviews from several European Architects about different models for the multifunctional densification of cities. Please follow link to Birkhäuser

Oct 2017, Royal College of Art

We will be teaching a MA course at the Royal College of Art starting this Autumn. During the year we will explore topics such as Domesticity, the Countryside and Virtual Reality. For more information go to RCA ADS5. Credit: Hunstanton School by Peter and Alison Smithson, 1954

Sep 2017, 'From Life' at the Royal Academy of Arts

We have been appointed for the Exhibition Design of 'From Life' at The Royal Academy. The exhibition will look at the past, present and future of one of the cornerstones of the artistic process; life drawing. Image credit: Chantal Joffe, Self-Portrait in the Garden at Night V, 2016. Pastel on paper, 47.6 x 37.8 x 3.8 cm © Chantal Joffe, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London

Aug 2017, Lecture Brussels

We will give a lecture together with our friends from Gafpa Architects at the World Trade Centre in Brussels, 31.08.17.

May 2017, Workshop Brussels

This summer we will be teaching at the summer school ‘Real Estate Architecture #2, Reclaiming the Office Building’. Based in Brussel at the World Trade Center, the group workshop is open to 40 participants, who will collaborate in teams under the guidance of tutors including Piovenefabi, Gafpa, Something Fantastic and Dyvik Kahlen. For more information about the workshop and how to apply

Mar 2017, Register Podcast - Kingston University

Kingston University has recently published a podcast of our interview with Andrew Clancy, Head of Design at the Department of Architecture & Landscape. You can download the podcast from iTunes. In the interview we discuss our education, and how we came to establish our practice. 'In particular we discussed the role of representation in our work - as this is not deployed as a presentation technique alone, but as a way to tune and develop our work'

Feb 2017, YAYA 2017

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the 'Young Architect of the Year Award'. The winner will be announced at the Architect of the Year Awards 2017 ceremony on 8th March.

Jan 2017, Exhibition opening 'A Minor Architecture'

The work by Dyvik Kahlen is shown in 'A Minor Architecture', opening in Espacio Valverde Madrid on 18.01.2017. The exhibition shows fragments of the work from a select group of European offices founded in the first decade of the twenty-first century; offices in which small private commissions—generally understood as “minor commissions”— have been relevant for the articulation of their own independent voice within contemporary architectural discourses. For more information, please visit Gallery Espacio Valverde

Nov 2016, Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo

Together with DRDH Architects we have been selected by Statsbygg to participate in the competition for the extension of The Centre for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo, Norway. The other six participants are: ALA Architects, Carl Viggo Hølmebakk, Jarmund/Vigsnæs, Jensen og Skodvin, Snøhetta and Transborder Studio.

Nov 2016, Lecture Kingston University

We are giving a lecture at Kingston University at 16th of November titled 'a model, a sketch, a collage, a photograph and a drawing'. We will present five projects each with a different form of representation to speculate and reflect on how it’s used as a tool during our design process.

Nov 2016, Frog Magazine #16

We have been interviewed by Flavien Menu for the new Frog Magazine #16. The interview is accompanied by a photo essay of the Raboes Harbour Building, with images by Antoine Espinasseau.
To order the magazine follow link.

Oct 2016, Cabinet Stories, London College of Fashion

We have designed a traveling exhibition cabinet for London College of Fashion. The cabinet has toured predominantly in the boroughs of East London where the topic of fashion has been used to engage with new audiences in the community. Cabinet Stories will now be open to the public for the first time at Emmaus Greenwich, Poplar shop. At Emmaus all the exhibitions will be on display at the same time, accompanied by a free workshop programme.

Oct 2016, Common Places: Urban Playgrounds for Amadora. Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016

Our proposal for a public intervention, or rather anti-intervention is on show at the Lisbon Architecture Triannale. Together with Chilean office Plan Comun, we proposed a strategy of creating ‘Cut Outs’ Islands scattered throughout the city where asphalt or hard surfaces are removed to reveal new green public spaces. Other participants include Bruno Canepa, Marcelo Cox, Hamed Khosravi, Ciro Miguel, NP2F, Tsubame Lavina Scaletti, Tiego Torres Campos and UMWELT.

Sep 2016, Fraser Muggeridge studio is about to be completed

Dyvik Kahlen has designed a new office space for graphic design practice Fraser Muggeridge studio in London.

Sep 2016, Cupcake Factory about to be completed

The interior of the cupcake factory –our second project under a viaduct– is about to be completed. The opening will be in October.

Sep 2016, Westgreen Place Nursery and Community Centre

We have won a competition to design the new Westgreen Place Nursery and Community Centre for Pocket and Haringey Council. To see the article in Architects Journal and the other shortlisted submissions please follow link.

Jul 2016, Completition of the Transferium for Jachthaven 't Raboes

We have opened a new service building and public space for t’Raboes harbour in Eemnes, Holland.
The building incorporates a workshop, office for the harbour master, public facilities and a large covered external patio. A 300 m² translucent photo-voltaic roof, generates enough energy for the building and other facilities in the harbour.

Jun 2016, Opening - Engineering the World

The V&A Engineering Season opened with the first major retrospective of Ove Arup, the most influential engineer of the 20th century. Presented through Ove's collaborations with lead architects including Berthold Lubetkin's Penguin Pool at London Zoo, as well as Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House and the Centre Pompidou in Paris by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano.
Set in the Porter Gallery, V&A’s testing ground for exhibition design, together with Zak Group we have created an immersive installation inspired by Arup’s archive images of engineering labs, used as a stage for experimentation and creative thinking. The result is an atmosphere which is more evocative of a design ‘lab’ than a gallery space.

Jun 2016, Publication: New Architects 3

We are proud to be included in the ‘New Architects 3’ book. A definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up practice in the ten years since 2005. It’s the third book in the Architecture Foundation's highly influential series, it features close to 100 practices, selected by a jury of leading critics and curators.

For more information, please visit The Architecture Foundation

Apr 2016, Cupcake Factory

Our second building within the St. James Lane Viaduct is now under construction. The bakery will start delivering cupcakes from July onwards.

Jan 2016, Public Presentation of Landgoed Klingelbeek

Dyvik Kahlen Architects, in collaboration with landscape architect Buro Harro, have successfully presented to the neighbourhood of Klingelbeek a proposal for a new urban plan composed of apartments, one-family houses, working spaces and recreational areas. Landgoed Klingelbeek is a 2.2 hectares landscape located along the Rhine in Arnhem.

Jan 2016, Utopia

We have collaborated with Fraser Muggerdige studio and artist Jeremy Deller on the design of an ‘Utopian Treasury’, located in Somerset House’s Embankment entrance. Throughout the year it will host a rolling programme of talks, debates, workshops, film screenings and salons, as well as a library full of ‘Utopia’- themed literature. Please visit the UTOPIA 2016 website for events schedule. More info here

Dec 2015, Jachthaven 't Raboes

We have submitted planning for a new service building and public space for t’Raboes harbour in Eemnes, Holland. The construction is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.

May 2015, Zero-Energy Industrial Park

We are working on a light-industrial park on the outskirts of Amersfoort, Holland. The proposed zero energy units will sit within a landscaped garden and water reservoir.

Apr 2015, Tour: ‘Barbican Art Gallery’

We will lead a tour of the gallery to give insight in the design process and explore the relationship’s between the artist’s collections, artwork and the exhibition design. Each collection tells a different story and the unconventional use of furniture, antiques and domestic references add to a fascinating portray of the artist’s everyday life.

Barbican Art Gallery @ 19.00
Thursday 16th of April
For tickets see website

Mar 2015, Talk: ‘the Small House and the multifunctional city’

We will give a talk about the Small House at the Architectuurcafé in Amersfoort together with Bart Schoonderbeek from Schipper Bosch. Heijmans will talk about their moveable home : Heijmans ONE and students from TU Delft will present the micro compact home of Richard Horden. More information can be found at the FASadE website

Architectuurcafé @ 20pm
Wednesday the 4th of March
de Nieuwe Stad, Amersfoort

Mar 2015, Twin Arch Studio

The ‘Twin Arch Studios’ are about to be completed. An extremely economical approach to the design and construction have made it possible to build a new building for less than £450/m2. Using off the shelf materials, we focused on the essential elements that give a project architectural quality : spacious, practical and well insulated with double aspect views and lot’s of natural light. Basically, as large, cheap and flexible as possible.

Feb 2015, Cupcake Factory, Muswell Hill

We have been commissioned to design a new build cupcake factory in Muswell Hill. The factory will be the next door neighbour to our Twin Artist Studios.

Feb 2015, Magnificent Obsessions, Barbican Art Gallery

Magnificent Obsessions : The Artist as Collector will open on the 12th of February. Designed together with curator Lydia Yee, the exhibition will explore personal collections and obsessions of post-war and contemporary artist. The objects will be presented as found, alongside key examples of the artists own work.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector
12 February 2015 - 25 May 2015
Barbican Art Gallery, London

Dec 2014, Penthouse roof constructed, Cologne

Walls and roof have been erected and the penthouse is ready for winter. The project will be finished beginning 2015.

Nov 2014, Talk: ‘A kitchen table, a small-house, a foyer, a twin-house, a warehouse and artist studio’

As part of the ‘Whats Next’ series at the Architectural Association, we will give a lecture to present 6 recent projects.

9.12.2014 @ 18pm
Lecture Hall
Architectural Association
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

More info at AA Public Program Website

Nov 2014, Talk: ‘Saturday Gallery Talk for the exhibition ‘All Purpose’

AA Membership is hosting a Gallery Talk on Saturday 15 November for the exhibition All Purpose (À toutes fins utiles) in the AA Gallery. Curator Cédric Libert will be in conversation with Alice Grégoire (OMA/AMO), Paul Cournet (OMA/AMO) and Max Kahlen (Dyvik Kahlen Architects).

15.11.2014 @ 11–12.30am
Architectural Association
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

More info at AA Public Program Website

Nov 2014, Penthouse on site, Cologne

Work has started on site in Cologne. The contractor is assembling the steel structure, awaiting the arrival of the pre-fabricated timber building in early November.

Oct 2014, Barbican Art Gallery, London

We have been commissioned to work on the exhibition design for the next Barbican show: Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector. It will be the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. For more information see the Barbican website.

Sep 2014, Open House, London

More than 900 people; young, old, short and tall came to visit our Small House and made the weekend a huge success.

Aug 2014, Open House London

London’s smallest house will take part in the Open House Festival from 20-21st of September. If you’re interested to see the project, please pop by. We are open Saturday and Sunday from 10-5. For more information, see the Open House Website.

Aug 2014, Walther Koenig Books, Whitechapel Gallery

Refurbishment works have started for the bookshop in Whitechapel Gallery. Opening of the new bookshop will coincide with the start of the London Art Book Fair, Thursday 25th of September.

Jun 2014, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, numero 401

Our Small House and Arch Studio are published in the june issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui , as part of the ‘New Generations / Jeunes Generations issue. Images by Antoine Espinasseau and text by Flavien Menu.

Jun 2014, AIRBNB Pavilion, 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

From the 4th to the 6th of june 2014, we will exhibit our proposal for eleven terraced houses in Amersfoort, at the AIRBNB Pavilion in Venice. The exhibition uses ARIBNB as a paradigm to explore contemporary forms of domesticity. Projects by Pascal Flammert, Etienne Descloux, GRAU / 51N4E, Sergison Bates Architects, OMMX, Florian Beigel & Philip Christou, Christ & Gantenbein Architekten, David Kohn, etc. will also be on show.

Jun 2014, AA Print Studio, London

Images of the newly designed bookstands for the AA Print Studio.

May 2014, Fridericianum, Kassel

Fridericianum opened its doors in 1779 as the world’s very first purpose-built public museum. Since 1955 the building became the focus of the documenta exhibition, and has been a central hub for contemporary art ever since. We have been part of the recent refurbishment of the entrance hall, in collaboration with Zak Group. The project incorporates a reception, cafe, auditorium and a Walther König bookshop.

Mar 2014, Artist Studio, London

The bedroom walls have been clad in a Douglas Fir Ply, ready for a whitewash. We are nearing the final week of construction.

Mar 2014, Thomas Heftyesgate, Oslo

The refurbishment of the apartment in Oslo is nearing completion. The kitchen has been installed and the fitted furniture is being built. We are working with Blåverk Snekkeri, our in house carpentry workshop for the first time. More pictures will follow soon.

Mar 2014, AA First Year, Final Jury

‘Making Elephants’
First year students at the Architectural Association presenting their final proposals for a Viaduct in London. No program was given and no problem to solve except connecting one point with another. The proposals – some extremely light, dead heavy, slow or fast, some very prominent others blend with their context, some feel like elephants and some like giraffes. Like mute commuters the structures cut through the city without interfering. There is no interior – pure exterior. (Image by Susanna Steuerman-Kinston, AA First Year)

Feb 2014, Penthouse, Cologne

We have received planning for the rooftop extension in Cologne. Construction planned for the summer of 2014.

Jan 2014, Artist Studio, London

Work has started on site for the Live/Work warehouse conversion. The ceiling has just been covered in spray foam winter wonderland.

Jan 2014, San Fransisco, CCS

Our infinity box has been installed at CCS showing work by Zak Group for Close, Closer : Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 2013.

Dec 2013, Fridericianum, Kassel

Zak Group has asked us to collaborate on the design for the reception and bookshop at Museum Fridericianum, Kassel.

Nov 2013, St James Viaduct

New site and new project. A studio for a stage designer in Highgate, London.

Sep 2013, Ludwigsallee, design stage

We are working on the design and development of two residential buildings on Ludwigsallee, Aachen.

Aug 2013, Foxberry Road

Design for an extension in Brockley, London is about to start.

Jul 2013, Coach House, near completion

Completion of the Coach House end of July.

Jul 2013, Thomas Heftey's

Work has started for the refurbishment of a beautiful old apartment at Gimle, Oslo. Construction planned to be finished early 2014.

Jun 2013, Small House

The prefabricated elements arrive on site. The whole house is installed within one week by Anton, Remmelt and Ton.

May 2013, Studio Max O.

Planning and Conservation Area Consent received for the rooftop extension in Dalston, London.

May 2013, AA First Year, Final Jury

First year students presenting their final projects at the Architectural Association. The topic of this term was 'A Second Life'. In groups, the students developed ideas to transform and re-use self-storage buildings (designed in the previous term by other students) into a series of apartments.

Apr 2013, Josefinesgate

Things are moving forward with Marius's flat in Oslo. Finally work start on site.

Mar 2013, Prefabrication of the Small House

The Small House being fabricated 1:1 in Holland by Schipper Bosch and Timmerwerkplats. We go on regular site visits while it's being built, this allows us to design and modify all the elements during construction to make sure that it will be perfect on arrival.

Mar 2013, Coach House, on site

Coach House on site.

Dec 2012, Manhattan's Cocktail Bar

Design proposal developed together with Augustus Brown Architects for a portable 1920's gentleman's bar. Designed to be disassembled for easy transport to different events.

Sep 2012, Prototype, Tapei Biennale

Combination of prototypes for the Biennale. Black MDF table and stool.

Jun 2012, AA 2011-12 Poster

Design of poster and book cover for the Projects Review 2011/12 at the Architectural Association.