In 2002 Peter van Assche founded bureau SLA. An Amsterdam based architects studio that gives shape to a rapidly changing society by designing, researching, inventing and building. bureau SLA gives tangible answers to how we want to live, work and relax. Now and in the future.
For example by designing concepts for new neighbourhoods. People want to live together. Not only elderly, for whom housing is no longer automatically provided, but also for a younger generation, who seek meaningful communities. For both we designed new ways of living in Almere.
Or by building the Nature and Environment Learning Centre in Amsterdam. The school building is a teacher itself. In which sustainability can be easily experienced and understood by children. Bureau SLA also invented a sustainable strategy for non-sustainable school buildings, like the old post-war elementary school in Utrecht.
Is it possible to build a pavilion with of 100% borrowed materials? Or a coffee bar with used materials from Marktplaats (the low profile Dutch version of eBay)? Bureau SLA invented and built it. They think out circulair strategies. Not only on paper: they build them too. By being innovative in theory, and in practice they show that a sustainable transition can be done.
The architects studio consists of a team of architects and builders, supported by architecture historians, landscape architects, and energy experts. Bureau SLA does not wait for commissions to come to them, but builds and develops in the city in an innovative way - from own initiatives and with its own manpower. With this trial and error mentality, the architects of bureau SLA discover the full potential of material use, energy, waste flows, smart living and working, and development processes.