The innovation studio ONL, based in Rotterdam, has established its international reputation as the experts in the domains of parametric design, generative design, complex geometry, interactive architecture and programmable architecture. Bespoke award winning projects by ONL are the A2 Cockpit in The Netherlands, the WHALE mixed use cultural center in Budapest, and the LIWA tower in Abu Dhabi.
Kas Oosterhuis is a visionary and practitioner at the same time, fusing his state-of-art practice ONL with advanced Hyperbody TU Delft research on complex dynamic design systems. The main focus of the research is on robotic building in all phases of the design to operation process. Recently realized projects like the A2 COCKPIT building in Utrecht, the WHALE mixed use center in Budapest and the LIWA tower in Abu Dhabi are living proof of the effectiveness of the in-house developed lean design to production approach, in terms of precision, assembly time, sustainability, building costs, and architectural eloquence.
Professor Kas Oosterhuis studied architecture at the Delft Technical University. In 1987-1988 he taught as Unit Master at the AA in London and worked / lived one year in the former studio of Theo van Doesburg in Paris together with visual artist Ilona Lénárd. Oosterhuis and Lénárd founded the innovation studio ONL bv in 1989. As from 2000 Oosterhuis is appointed professor Digital Architecture [Hyperbody] at the TU Delft, the knowledge center for Nonstandard and Interactive Architecture, conducting a full master design studio program and promoting a group of 8 PHD candidates. Kas Oosterhuis is founder and director of the protoSPACE Laboratory of Hyperbody.
In his most recent book “Towards a New Kind of Building, a Designers Guide to Nonstandard Architecture” [NAi Publishers 2011] Oosterhuis reveals the fundamentals of his personal design universe, which embraces the paradigm shift from standard to nonstandard architecture and from static to dynamic buildings as the initial condition.
Kas Oosterhuis has lectured worldwide at numerous universities, academies and international conferences since 1990. Kas Oosterhuis has initiated two GSM conferences at the TU in Delft introducing new fields of research like multiplayer game design, file to factory design & build methods, lean data exchange. kas Oosterhuis delivered his TEDx Delft lecture in 2012. In 2013 Kas Oosterhuis was appointed editor-in-chief of the new scientific journal Next Generation Building.
In 2012 ONL received the Wood Innovation Award for their Climbing Wall system. In 2008 the Autodesk BIM Experience Award for the CET Project in Budapest. Further award winning building designs include the Saltwater Pavilion at Neeltje Jans [Gold Award 1997 for innovative recreational projects, nomination Mies van der Rohe Award 1998], the Garbagetransferstation Elhorst/Vloedbelt in Zenderen [Business Week / Architectural Record Award 1998, OCE-BNA Award for Industrial Architecture 1996, Aluminium Design Award 1997] and the Hessing Cockpit in Acoustic Barrier in Utrecht [National Steel Award 2006, Glass Award 2006, Dutch Design Award for Public Space 2006, nomination Mies van der Rohe Award 2008, nomination Golden Pyramid 2006].