Co-Founder & Designer
Roel is a 25-year-old graduate student in Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. Within his graduate program, Roel was an exchange student at MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Boston. In the year of 2013 Roel joined the Kairos Society, a community of the best entrepreneurs and innovators around the globe, aged 25 and younger. In the first semester of 2015 Roel traveled to China together with Bart Wolbert to intern at ARX Architects, working on Asia’s tallest building; the Shanghai Tower. Currently, Roel is working on a spin-off named ‘challenge the future’, which aims to stimulate innovation in the housing and construction industry in the Netherlands. Besides design work at Olduvai Gorge, Roel will be graduating in Architecture from September 2015 to June 2016.
Co-Founder & Designer
Bart is a 23-year-old graduate student in Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. In the first semester of 2015 Bart traveled to China together with Roel Vogels to intern at ARX Architects, working on Asia’s tallest building; the Shanghai Tower. Besides design work at Olduvai Gorge, Bart is currently studying non-standard and interactive architecture.
Founded in February 2013 by Bart Wolbert and Roel Vogels, we are Netherland’s largest student based architectural studio. ‘Olduvai Gorge’ is a gorge in Tanzania where the oldest remains of a human species have been found. These first human species lived in harmony with nature and each other. As an architectural studio our mission is to create similar environments in architecture where people can live in harmony with each other.
Our designs go back to the basic needs and the essence of space. We interpret these basic needs from a creative and modern point of view. How can we change conventional space to something completely unconventional whilst keeping the same functionalities? For us, Olduvai Gorge is a metaphor for such an unconventional environment where people live in a cohesive society; in harmony with space and each other.
We provide solutions to all challenges in the construction and creative industry. We have a wide network within the Delft University of Technology, the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and ARX Architects, which brings expertise in each discipline within reach.
an overview of our most significant work
Shanghai Tower Atrium Floor
Status: Under Construction
June 2014 - Present
This project is designed in collaboration with our partners at ARX architects, who are one of the selected architects to work on the Shanghai Tower. This landmark in Shanghai, the tallest building of China, houses the Guanfu Museum. In an atrium, that belongs to the Guanfu Museum, ARX has designed a beautiful Olive Garden as a meeting place for business and cultures. In a luxurious atmosphere it shows 8 ancient Western civilizations, symbolized by 8 columns and engraved writings in the floor. Using a script, we at Studio Olduvai Gorge, have developed this complex flooring concept into tangible constructional drawings to construct the 600 different engraved tiles.
May 2014 - September 2014
‘Huize Voordaan’ is a 19th century, monumental building in Groenekan which houses 'The Learning Collective', which is compromised out of three consulting agencies. Olduvai Gorge proposed an integral new vision and interior design for the building. The design included: (1) A completely new interior concept with colour schemes, natural flooring and lighting. This to set the quality of the 19th century architecture in place and to provide a neutral framework for the agencies’ activities. (2) A modern opened attic design as a meeting place for the three agencies and their employees.
December 2013 - January 2014
For the StartUp Campus floor, Bavaria asked us to design a high quality bar as a central meeting hub for all entrepreneurs in the Rotterdam Science Tower. The bar is designed as a big black cube with white cutouts for general storage, bar equipment and a stainless steel slide to the underlying floor offices. Within the opened cube there’s plenty of space for a receptionist and several bartenders. A truss with spotlighs and a perforated stainless steel rear panel give the bar a cozy atmosphere while the industrial character is maintained.
Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
July 2013 - December 2013
The Startup Campus is the entrepreneurial community of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. They offer programs, events and create a suitable environment with the mission to create tomorrow's leading entrepreneurs. We designed a new campus floor where young, nascent and ambitious entrepreneurs can learn entrepreneurial skills, have a physical place to work & practice, can meet other like minded entrepreneurs, are challenged and, are inspired to grow as a entrepreneur and above all as a person. The major hurdle in the design was to turn the closed, constructional core into an opened and serving element with storage and flex work places in the heart of the floorplan.
The design is based on the basic needs of man. These needs are nourishment, warmth, shelter and hygiene. In the middle of the house a core encloses living space, regulates water usages and combines water and fire to conform in these needs. The house is designed to form a link in the natural cycles. Natural water is collected, filtered and stored in the core and after usage it is being added back to nature, while edible plants grow from shower- and washstand water. The shape and the construction of the house make it possible to regulate the boundary between the warm shelter inside and the open nature outside. The roof can be opened or closed (and anything in between) to regulate the degree of shelter and the connection with nature in a huge variety of climates.
Building & Planning Permits
Status: Multiple Approvals, No Rejections
Since February 2014
If you want to build, make alterations to or renovate business premises and housing in the Netherlands, your must comply with building regulations. We are experienced with these regulations which can be found in the Buildings Decree 2012 (Bouwbesluit 2012) and the building rules drawn up by every municipality. Before construction we will supervise the All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects (omgevingsvergunning) application which you will need before you can start building. With this permit you comply with building regulations and layout requirements that are relevant to your business activities. In the past, our permit applications for the Bavaria Bar in Rotterdam and Villa Coligny in Bloemendaal have successfully been approved.
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