Zaanstad Zuid

Lead Designer
ClientMisak & Emile Terzibasiyan& van Vugt
Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

The new Zaanstad-Zuid sports centre building has been
built in the Poelenburg district next to the street De Weer.
The urban development between the green area on De
Weer street and the water alongside the M.L. Kingweg
alternates between enclosed blocks of houses and
businesses and a more open arrangement of school
buildings and a religious centre. The sports centre has
been built within the same building block as the adjacent
colleges, Pascal-Zuid and De Faam. As a result, both
buildings share the same playground.
During the day, the sports hall is used by these schools
and it is subdivided into three areas. The students use the
day entrance which opens directly into the playground. In
the evenings and at the weekends the sports hall is used
by sports associations and neighbourhood groups who
make use of the cafeteria area, the conference room.


The founder and owner of UArchitects, Misak Terzibasiyan, is personally and professionally focusing on an international context as well as on the influence of cultural themes. This is mainly based on his ethnical background, whereas Misak Terzibasiyan was born 22-09-1964 in Helsinki (Finland), his mother Finnish and his father Armenian. He studied at the University of Technology in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) on the department Architecture, Building Technology and City Planning. He has been working at international architectural offices before founding UArchitects.

Awards and Prize

•Publication Eco Re Modeling Green Architecture (Spain), Wilhelminaschool
•Publication 360 Architecture International (Hong Kong), Split View
•Publication International Design Yearbook Madison (China) , Maasberg
•Publication Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (China), Meander
•Honorable Mention Housing project Wetzsteinareal Singen (Germany)

•Lindenauer Hafen, 2e and 3e prize in Leipzig (Germany)
•Iconic Award winner Germany 2013, project Split View (Germany) and Juvenile pavilion(Germany)
•Publication school project De Brug in Bocholt (Belgium)
•Publication of Split View (China)
•Invitation of the Dutch Embassy for exhibition and lecture in Tibilisi about Dutch Architecture.

•German Design Award 2014 for Split View (Germany)
•Nomination for the WAF 2014 category education and Wood Prize with School ‘t Hofke in Singapore
•Award at IDEA TOPS 2014 in the category education with School ‘t Hofke in Shenzhen (China)
•IDA Design Award : Gold in the Architecture category institutional with School ’t Hofke in Los Angeles (USA)

•Book published : CONTEXT_TEXTURE
•Winner of De Dirk Roosenburg prize 2015, with School ’t Hofke.
•Nomination for the WAF 2015 category sports with sportscentre Zaanstad Zuid.

•Winner of American Architecture Prize, Bronze in the category education with the School ’t Hofke

•Nomination for the WAF 2017 category School (civic and community) with IKC de Geluksvogel in Berlin.
•Nomination for Reynaers prijs 2017 (NL) with IKC de Geluksvogel.
•Winner of de Victor de Stuersprijs 2017 (Maastricht, NL) with IKC de Geluksvogel.
•Winner of American Architecture Prize 2017 in the category Education with IKC de Geluksvogel.
•Winner of MODERN COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE and the BB Green Award in China.

•Member of the judging panel World Architecture Festival 2018