LEVS architecten works from the notion that architecture and urban planning have quite a significant impact on our surroundings, on people and society as a whole, as well as the environment. We incorporate this responsibility when detailing our assignments and in our approach to running our enterprise. We welcome the challenge of complex projects in which our aim lies in finding surprising solutions which deliver a result beyond prior expectations. Our goal is to design buildings and areas where residents will eventually articulate a passion about the places they work, live and inhabit; spaces which express an optimal interweaving of functionality, aesthetics and sustainability.
LEVS architecten was established in 1989 as Loof & van Stigt Architecten. The office has been known as LEVS architecten since 2009. Marianne Loof, Adriaan Mout and Jurriaan van Stigt are LEVS' three principal partners who are intensively involved in all projects. Our field of expertise and interest is all encompassing and includes residential construction and health care and education buildings, as well as urban planning. We work with both urban and rural settings, whether the projects concern new construction, reuse or renovation and restoration. Given our firm’s depth of knowledge, we also possess the expertise to handle complex, mixed tasks involving distinctive programmes. Our projects are not characterised by a fixed, set signature design aesthetic; at all times our firm’s guiding principle is to design, detail and create buildings which weave a connection with their locality and surroundings.
Key elements in our design process are collaboration and a focus on solutions. We design to build and are driven by a ‘feet-on-the-ground’ idealism, with the aim of creating value for both the client and for society as a whole. We work together in teams, collating the required expertise, both internal and external, to practice. This approach is essential for us, as it demands that we continuously reflect on our plans and designs. The route to the task can also be from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints, gathering them together in the process to form a cohesive image. The integration of expertise and the spirit and courage to look beyond borders, the ability to think outside the box, are the principles that really provide added value. We are convinced this is the only way to achieve exciting, unconventional solutions. A deeper understanding of the programme and intensive cooperation with clients and users often result in a close-knit relationship with the buildings' 'inhabitants'.